Your first trimester actually begins before conception. Preparing for baby begins with taking folic acid and other vitamins to prevent certain birth defects. In this series Dr Carol Cooper explains how your due date is calculated and how the baby develops from a collection of cells to a foetus that you can see on the ultrasound. She also explains how your body will change in the first three months after conception.
Pregnancy in week 1 is all about preparation. Your womb is preparing for your next ovulation and this is a time that you can start to prepare your body for conception and pregnancy. Find out how your due date is calculated and listen to baby expert Dr Carol Cooper as she explains what to expect from your first trimester of pregnancy.
In the firs trimester taking folic acid and other prenatal vitamins will provide your baby with the best possible start in life. Dr Carol Cooper explains more on folic acid and what is going on inside your body in week 2 of your pregnancy.
In week 3 of your pregnancy your fertilised egg is already changing rapidly. Author of Pregnancy Essentials, Dr Carol Cooper, explains what is happening inside your body during the start of your first trimester, as well as how your babys gender is decided.
It’s week 4 of your pregnancy and it is still too early for a pregnancy test. Find out what is happening inside your body during the first trimester of your pregnancy and the very first symptoms you might experience.
You at week 5 of your pregnancy and you’ve had your suspicions confirmed by a pregnancy test. The cells which later become your baby’s brain, skin and organs are already in place and you might start to notice some nausea. Dr Carol Cooper, GP and pregnancy expert, explains more about your first trimester here.
It’s week 6 and your baby is growing at a rapid pace and already has the bulge of a brain forming. Learn more about your pregnancy in week six here, as well as guidance on how much alcohol is safe to drink and advice on giving up smoking.
Find out about pregnancy exercises do’s and don’ts and why stress is so bad for your baby. Also in this section listen to Dr Carol Cooper talk you through week 7 of your pregnancy.
Is it safe for me to keep my cat now that I’m pregnant? Dr Carol Cooper answers your first trimester and week 8 pregnancy questions
GP and baby expert, Dr Carol Cooper, talks you through your baby’s development and your body during week 9 of your pregnancy. Also in this section, learn which drugs are safe to take during the first trimester of pregnancy.
During week 10 of your pregnancy your baby is growing rapidly and many of his internal organs are already functioning. In this short film Dr Carol Cooper explains what to expect from 10 weeks of pregnancy. Also in this section, what foods to avoid and how much weight gain is normal during the first trimester.
It’s week 11 of your pregnancy and it is almost time to see your baby for the first time at your first antenatal ultrasound, giving you the peace of mind that your baby is developing well. Listen to Dr Carol Cooper explain the antenatal tests you can expect around your first trimester. Also in this section find out how your baby is developing at 11 weeks.
By week 12 of your pregnancy you will probably start sharing the good news with family and friends. This is because the risk of miscarriage drops dramatically after your first trimester. Unfortunately, miscarriage is still common until 24 weeks, as explained by Dr Carol Cooper in the following short film.
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