Congratulations on your pregnancy. This is an exciting and important time for you.
During the first 6 to 10 weeks of your pregnancy, your body goes through many changes. Your baby grows very fast, even though you cannot feel it yet. You may start to notice that you feel different, both in your body and your emotions. Because each woman's pregnancy is unique, there is no right way to feel. You may feel the healthiest you have ever been, or you may feel tired or sick to your stomach ("morning sickness").
These early weeks are a time to make healthy choices and to eat the best foods for you and your baby. This care sheet will give you some ideas.
This is also a good time to think about birth defects testing. These are tests done during pregnancy to look for possible problems with the baby. First trimester tests for birth defects can be done between 10 and 13 weeks of pregnancy, depending on the test. Talk with your doctor or midwife about what kinds of tests are available.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Go to Canada's Food Guide at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/basics-base/quantit-eng.php to learn how many food guide servings you should aim for each day. In your second and third trimesters most women will need to add 2 or 3 extra servings for healthy weight gain. Talk to your doctor or midwife about what is right for you.
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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