This week marks the beginning of our pregnancy mini-series.  This week we will look at the first trimester.

At the moment of conception a master cell is made, a single cell which will be responsible for creating every single cell in your baby’s body.  These cells will differentiate and become more specialised taking on specific roles as your pregnancy progresses.  Every single cell that your baby’s body will ever create will be able to trace its lineage back to the single cell that was created at conception.

From the moment your baby is conceived, your baby begins to grow and at no other point in your baby’s life will they grow as quickly as they do in the first trimester.  Understandably, you will feel particularly tired during this period of rapid growth, as you baby utilises your energy and nutrients to sustain their growth.

Hormones in early pregnancy can leave you with many side effects, one of the most common being morning sickness though many women find that morning sickness isn’t confined to mornings.  Along with morning sickness you may find that you become averse to certain foods or drinks, coffee is commonly cited as a food aversion.

The first trimester is a very exciting time for many parents to be.  After confirming pregnancy with the doctor, you will be referred to the midwife for a booking in appointment.  During this appointment she will ask you questions about your baby’s family history, including any illnesses or multiple pregnancies.  The midwife will also calculate your baby’s due date although only 5% of babies actually arrive on this date; babies are expected to arrive between 37 and 42 weeks.

During these early appointments with your midwife, she will make arrangements with the hospital for you to attend your first ultrasound.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see your baby and get a glimpse of their life in the womb.

The first trimester is a great time to begin to find out about banking your baby’s umbilical cord blood.  While there is no rush at this stage to book the service; making enquiries now and requesting the literature to read will ensure you have plenty of time to understand the benefits and ask any questions you may have.

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