Growing a Baby: Part 1 Early Pregnancy

Growing a Baby Part 1

Early Pregnancy Questions

You've slipped away to the bathroom and nervously opened the box, read the directions, held that crazy stick and probably got a little splattered with your own urine while silently counting the 3 seconds you are supposed to hold it, pointed down, in the stream. You placed the lid on the test and set it down on a level surface. 

Maybe you couldn't bear watching the test and simply had to set a timer and walk away. Or maybe you stared, unblinkingly, while you were awaiting the result. Anxious, apprehensive, relieved, hopeful or frightened. There was no one right feeling.

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But there were most definitely two lines.

Congratulations! 

You are on an amazing journey. Planned, surprise, first or fourth. Each pregnancy is new and exciting. And makes you FULL of questions. 

This is the first of a five part series on the some of the more common pregnancy-related questions. We come across many of the same questions from our clients and wanted to give you a good place to come and get some of the best ones answered. So let's get started!

How soon should I go to the doctor once I find out I'm pregnant?

This has much to do with your health history. If you have been seeing a doctor to help you get pregnant, they are going to have a certain schedule for you to adhere to and a few different types of tests to confirm your pregnancy. 

If there is no history of health problems or other risk factors, most care providers will say to schedule an appointment between 6-9 weeks. That can seem like an eternity away! You can go ahead and call to schedule an appointment as soon as you like and at least have a date to which you can look forward.

Curious on where to find a doctor? There are many different types of doctors and midwives that can deliver your baby and many different locations available based on your preferences of care providers.  

Be sure to interview care providers and make sure who you choose to care for you during your pregnancy is right FOR YOU. You may feel more comfortable in a hospital setting with a skilled surgeon or at ease with a more relaxed perspective on maternity care. 

What are some natural ways to help with morning sickness?

There isn't a predictor on whether or not a new mom will have to deal with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. If it happens with one pregnancy, it is unfortunate to say, it very well may happen with others. The nausea can begin as soon as 6 weeks and feel like it is never going to let up.

It is a mistake to say that this is only a malady that occurs in the morning. It can be afternoon sickness, nighttime sickness or even all-day sickness.

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hydration

The biggest priority is making sure that you are staying hydrated. Dehydration can make your symptoms worse. If you aren't able to sip on water, make some frozen fruit juice popsicles and nibble on them throughout the day to help increase your hydration. 

Lemon can sometimes soothe uneasy stomachs and honey can help stabilize your blood sugar. Mixing some into your water can make it more palatable and easier to get down.

Add a variety of fresh fruits to a pitcher of water and let them sit in the refrigerator overnight, and then wake up to fruit-infused water and a visible goal for getting your water down. 

eat more. I know, it sounds difficult. 

Snack frequently, increase your protein and limit refined and processed foods. Your baby will take the nutrients it needs from your body, leaving you with the potential to be depleted because of the pregnancy. If you are avoiding all food because none of it sounds good, make the decision to eat. Your mind is an incredibly powerful thing. Determine to get some food down. 

Some suggestions include increasing your B vitamins, iron and zinc supplements, but any and all supplements need to be discussed with your care provider. 

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Find stomach soothing and pregnancy-safe teas like raspberry leaf, peppermint, or anise tea. You could even make your own by cutting or grating ginger root and pouring hot water over it. Honey may be in order for these teas if you aren't used to the flavor. Pressure points, rest and even hypnosis are all wonderful options to utilize as well. 

Normally, the nausea will subside around 12 weeks, but in the unfortunate instance that it doesn't, please discuss this with your doctor. It is important for you to maintain a healthy diet, hydration and weight and not stay silent through the suffering. If it's more than just nausea and is actually hyperemesis gravidarium, please get support. There is help available and you don't have to suffer alone. 

When will I start to feel the baby move?

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Those two lines that said the test was positive have nothing on feeling your little baby move inside of you. 

It can be described as a flutter, or even the bump a goldfish might make on the plastic bag on the way home from the fair. You may wonder if it is simply gas, and when you feel that small bubble of gas again after the baby is born, it will take you right back to that first moment and the first movement you felt.

Most first time moms will feel the baby's movement between 16-25 weeks, and some second and third or more time moms can feel the wiggles closer to 12-15 weeks. The placement of the placenta can affect when you are able to feel the baby move, so keep that in mind if you aren't feeling those long-desired movements yet. 

If you are concerned at all about a lack of movement after having established a pattern, please contact your care provider right away to help put your mind at ease. 

More to come!

Do you have a question you want to have answered? Curious about something and want to get another perspective? Leave a comment below and we will include it in our series. 

Check out Part 2: First Trimester