Chapter 3

The first three months

Weeks 1-13 – need help navigating the first stages of pregnancy? This chapter will walk you through all the key topics

Chapter contents include:

What’s happening?:

  • Problems with development
  • Precautions that can reduce the risk of infections
  • Feelings and changes:
  • Nausea and vomiting (‘morning sickness’)
  • The growth of the uterus and common problems
  • Hormonal changes

Helping yourself:

  • Tiredness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Skin itchiness and dryness
  • Vaginal thrush and bacterial vaginosis
  • Urinary frequency and infection
  • Constipation

Miscarriage:

  • Suspecting miscarriage
  • After a miscarriage: feelings
  • Pregnancy after miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy

Choosing a system of antenatal care:

  • A midwife as your LMC
  • A GP obstetrician as your LMC
  • A specialist obstetrician as your LMC
  • How to decide?
  • Changing your LMC
  • The first antenatal visit with your LMC
  • Things your LMC will want to know
  • Tests for checking on the mother’s health
  • Tests for checking on the baby’s development (prenatal diagnosis)
  • Ongoing pregnancy care

Ting’s story: Choosing a lead maternity carer