Your First Trimester

Getting Through the First Trimester in a Pregnancy After Miscarriage

If you are pregnant after a miscarriage, or if you think you might be, you may be feeling anything from joy to apprehension, and maybe even a little bit of both. Once your pregnancy is confirmed, however, it helps to take things one step at a time -- the first step is getting through the first trimester. Here are some tips from's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth on how to handle your first twelve weeks.

Take a Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy Test
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If your period is late, it's definitely time for a pregnancy test! Home pregnancy tests are fairly reliable as long as you follow the instructions, which can vary by the brand of test you are using. Here are some general pointers to keep in mind that will help you understand what you're seeing in your test results.

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Choose a Practitioner With Whom You Feel Comfortable

Choosing a Doctor
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You may already have a doctor or midwife in mind for your prenatal care, but if you were not satisfied with your current practitioner's treatment of your miscarriage, you may want to consider finding a new practitioner to manage your care during the new pregnancy. Here's how to choose someone who will meet your needs.

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Calculate Your Due Date

Calculate a Due Date
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If you know the first day of your last menstrual period, you can calculate an estimated due date for your new pregnancy. But let your healthcare provider know if you have an irregular menstrual cycle or if you conceived immediately after a miscarriage, since you may need an early ultrasound to establish the due date.

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Understand Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness
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Morning sickness usually starts around the sixth week of pregnancy. Many pregnant women dread morning sickness, but don't feel weird if you find it to be a relief. Many women who have had a miscarriage feel the same way, since research shows that feeling morning sickness may mean miscarriage is less likely. But keep in mind that lack of morning sickness, or even loss of morning sickness, is not a sign of miscarriage.

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Know What Your Ultrasound Might Look Like

Early Ultrasound
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If you're curious how your ultrasound pictures compare to others in the same point of pregnancy, check out this gallery of first trimester ultrasound pictures. You'll find a selection of pictures from singleton and twin pregnancies, ranging from 4 to 12 weeks of gestation.

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Watch What You Eat

Food Hazards in Pregnancy
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When you're pregnant, you're more susceptible to food poisoning -- and food-borne infections can be more dangerous during pregnancy than when you're not pregnant. Some can even cause miscarriage or stillbirth, so it makes sense to be careful and take precautions wherever you can.

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Have Sex If You Want To

Sex Does Not Cause Miscarriage
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Many couples are afraid to have sex when pregnant after a miscarriage, but there's never been any evidence linking sex to miscarriage. Here is what you can expect with regard to sex during each trimester of pregnancy.

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Announce Your Pregnancy

Announce Pregnancy
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It is completely up to you when you let others know that you are pregnant. Depending on how people reacted to your miscarriage news, if you told them, you may decide to announce your pregnancy immediately or wait until you finish the first trimester. Here are some points to keep in mind when you make your decision.

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Start Planning

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You may feel it's too early to be thinking about baby names and baby showers quite yet, and that's completely okay, but there is also some planning that you can and should start during the first trimester -- such as watching your nutrient intake, exercising appropriately, and avoiding alcohol and cigarette smoke.

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