Trimester Length: 13 Weeks

When Should You Announce Your Pregnancy?

Ah the first few weeks of pregnancy—the nausea, beginning weight gain, and fatigue not to mention the uptake in hormones. But those are the just the side effects to the most important question: when do you tell the people around you? Some parents are so excited they can’t keep the news a secret (and really it could be a little unrealistic since friends and co-workers probably know you better than you know yourself); however, there is some reason to be cautious as the risk of having a miscarriage drops dramatically when you reach 10 to 12 weeks into your first trimester.

Caution: You should let a work supervisor know right away so that you can avoid any possible work hazards.

Measuring tape around a woman's slightly showing pregnant stomach

First Trimester Health & Nutrition

Health and nutrition becomes especially important when you get pregnant. And as soon as you mention it to anyone, you will, of course, get an ear full of advice. Here are the top five things you can do to keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy:

  1. Get early prenatal care – Prenatal care is the number one, best possible thing you can do for you baby. It allows you to have screenings for possible conditions and find the right caregiver to share your journey with from your first trimester to birth.
  2. Watch what you eat and take those vitamins – Your doctor will give you a list of foods to avoid while pregnant from undercooked meat to raw seafood. Also, while you are eating for two, you really only need an additional 300 calories per day, so keep healthy snacks in mind.
  3. Exercise regularly – Exercise will always help your body maintain good health by giving you more strength, easing aches and pains, and improving circulation. Just don’t push yourself too hard or get dehydrated. 
  4. Take a break from alcohol, caffeine, and particularly smoking – All the habits that are most fun are generally less than healthy. It is worth the effort, however, to take a time out from alcohol, caffeine, smoking, and (it goes without saying) illegal drugs. All of these less healthy habits will affect your baby and you in a negative way from miscarriage and premature delivery to severe birth defects.
  5. Monitor your emotional health – The emotional rollercoaster that comes with raised hormone levels during pregnancy is expected by every pregnant woman, but if your mood swings interfere with your daily life or are unusually extreme, you should see a doctor about possible depression. You should also know that pregnancy is a common trigger of domestic violence. Find help if you are in an abusive situation to keep your baby and you safe.

While you can find advice, facts, and information about pregnancy everywhere from online articles to good friends, the best thing you can do for your child and you is find a good doctor and midwife to prepare for that upcoming event: the birth of your child.