Its week 1 of your pregnancy and you are not even pregnant yet, but theres still lots going on. Find out about your first trimester of pregnancy.
Why should I take folic acid in the first trimester of my pregnancy? Find out all you need to know about week 2 of your pregnancy here.
Am I actually pregnant yet? Find out how your baby is developing in week 3 and get your first trimester pregnancy questions answered.
Is it too early to experience morning sickness? Dr Carol Cooper explains the changes occurring in your first trimester and in week 4 of your pregnancy.
What are the first signs I’m pregnant? Click here to find out and learn about week 5 of your pregnancy and your first trimester.
Is it okay to have a glass of wine now that I’m pregnant? Dr Carol Cooper answers your first trimester pregnancy questions here and explains whats going on at week 6.
By week 7 your baby already has a beating heart. Find out more amazing facts about your developing baby during your first trimester here.
Your baby may only be 10mm long in week 8 of your pregnancy but he is sending your body into overdrive with all of the pregnancy hormones racing around your body. Find out more about the first trimester of your pregnancy, as well as important advice on ca
Suffering with sore and sensitive breasts during your first trimester of pregnancy? Get advice from Dr Carol Cooper on what you can do at week 9 here.
What types of cheese should I avoid now that I’m pregnant? Dr Carol Cooper answers your first trimester pregnancy questions here and explains what your baby is doing at week 10.
Are antenatal tests harmful to my baby? Click here to learn about week 11 of your pregnancy and what tests to expect during your first trimester.
What are the symptoms of miscarriage? Dr Carol Cooper offers information and advice on first trimester pregnancy here, and what to expect at week 12.
Your baby, now called an embryo, is only 3mm long and looks more like a seahorse than a baby. Despite his small size all of the essential parts that will make up your baby are already in place. What was just a collection of cells a few weeks ago is now a face with tiny pits where his eyes, nose, mouth and ears will later form1. There are also tiny buds which will soon become arms and legs.
With so many intricate changes happening inside of your body it is vital that you stay healthy. How you choose to live whilst your baby is developing inside you will make a big difference to how your baby turns out1.
Cigarettes restrict the amount of oxygen that reaches your baby, which will dramatically impact his development1. If you are planning to conceive then kicking the habit before conception will give your body the best chance of creating a healthy baby.
Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, premature labour and having a sickly baby1. If you are struggling to give up smoking then speak to your doctor or midwife who can put you in touch with smoking cessation experts to offer you advice and support.
During the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy, when your baby is developing at his fastest, it is best to completely cut out alcohol. After 12 weeks, the department of health recommends that if you’re pregnant you should drink no more than one or two units of alcohol per week2.
Whilst there is little evidence on the impact of social drinking on your baby’s development, heavy drinking during pregnancy is extremely damaging for your baby. It can cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a condition that causes mental and physical problems for your baby2.
Dr Carol Cooper, General Practitioner
Author of Pregnancy Essentials
1. Cooper, C., 2008. Pregnancy Essentials. London: Ryland Peters and Small.
2. NHS, 2010. NHS Choices – The pregnancy care planner. [online] Available at: < http://www.nhs.uk/planners/pregnancycareplanner/pages/alcoholanddrugs.aspx> [Accessed 22 March 2012]
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