First Trimester

Trying to get pregnant is an exciting time in a woman's life, but it isn't always easy. From counting menstrual cycles to buying countless pregnancy tests, getting pregnant is often an experience in and of itself. We want to hear about all of your experiences, from your first pregnancy test right up to your first pregnancy symptoms. And feel free to share your conception secrets with other hopeful couples!

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don't feel pregnant

Okay so here I am pregnant - my husband and I have been trying for 6 months - and now the doctor tells me I am. He says I'm 6 weeks along. Well I don't know what's wrong with me but I sure don't feel pregnant - other than a missed period I have no symptoms. Which maybe is a great thing that I'm not getting the morning sickness, but to me it just doesn't seem real. So I'm wondering if this is real - I mean maybe I'm not pregnant and the doctor got it wrong, I don't know what to think, all I know is that everytime I get my hopes up it's to find out that I'm not.


dancin baby

for some reason i always thought it would be hard for me to have children. the thought set in at a young age so i guess i just accepted it (my reasoning here: i wanted a child at the age of 12! all i wanted was to be a mummy.. and i just assumed it would be hard for me because i wanted it so badly) and didnt really think twice about it until my fiance and i decided to start trying.

lo and behold i conceived in the first few days of trying but miscarried a few weeks later. so the next month after trying again i assumed i wasn't pregnant when the spotting began. i waited for aunt flo.. and waited. and waited.. until 7 days into what i had at first assumed was my period i decided i should take a test. the chemist advised me against it.. "don't waste your money darl.. if you were pregnant you wouldn't be bleeding"..

intuition convinced me to check anyway and.. i got a positive! went to the doc a week later who confirmed it. i had 2 weeks of 'implantation' bleeding which abruptly stopped after a night of cramping (which my doc now assumes was wind pain?).

since then ive had bleeding on and off. ive had 2 ultrasounds. first was a sac with a nice, healthy yolk, next was at 10 weeks and showed a healthy fetus waving its little stumpy arms and kicking its little stumpy feet! the sonographer was surprised at how active he/she was and even had difficulty getting the measurements.

next ultrasound is in 2 weeks and then another 5 weeks after to determine gender (yes i want to know! i want to go out and buy all little pink or blue things and choose a name.. cant wait!)..

im 23 and this is my first child. my fiance and i are both over the moon! until recently we've been trying not to get too excited because of the bleeding.. but after seeing a healthy little fetus there i feel a bit safer! i cant wait to start shopping and planning :)


When I discovered I was pregnant with Justice!

After a nite dancing and visiting with friends, I was sooo exhausted that I stayed in the bed bed till 3PM (my husband Matt, a very good bassist and at the time my best friend, often slept hard and sometimes till late in the day; whereas I usually did not). Matt was still sleeping very soundly, and I got up to pee.

My stomach was growling, so I snuck into our tiny kitchen of our first apartment to find something to eat. Suddenly, I found myself uncontrollably eating ChexMix and cream cheese, noticing that the fridge door was still open. I looked down and saw that 1/4 of the cream cheese had been devoured (which was very unlike me, I was extremely petite). With my mouth full of the mixture, my eyes got very wide (thinking to myself, oh my goodness I AM PREGNANT!!!)...

Convincing Matt that we should get a test was no problem, once I had explained to him the events of the kitchen (perhaps I had also brought some of the mixture with me as well, as it was very hard to part with throughout my entire pregnancy!). Matt went out and bought two test (a double pack, EPT), while I was in the bathroom it had nearly been three minutes and there was nothing but the control line in the window. Matt suddenly popped in and asked: So, tell me are we pregnant?!? Just in that moment (exactly at the point of contact, when his foot met bathroom floor) this vague pink line appeared in the test window! Looking up at his excited face, I said: you just told me!

We were pregnant, and had a beautiful baby boy named Justice Aidan McGinnis! He is now 18m, just a bundle of energy and fun! Though, it was suspected in utero that he would be a drummer (my intuition is quite strong)... He has shown both sides of the family, that he is serious little drummin: rockin: awesome little boy! Everyone is blessed to know him and watch him grow, he is greatly loved by two sets of grandparents and three sets of greatgrandparents!

Jeni McGinnis

Oh No - Not Again


Here I am sitting at my desk at work wondering what on earth I'm doing. I'm between 6 and 8 weeks pregnant and exited about it in most ways. I'm due in December and it'll be my 3rd child and my partners 1st so he's over the moon. He was told that he only had about a 3% chance of ever having a baby so we just stopped using protection and got on with our lives thinking that if it was meant to happen it would.

Well it has happened. The thing that I'm finding amusing is that I'm going to be a grandmother in July (my son, 19, is going to be a daddy) and my daughter, 16, thinks it's a prime time to start using the "middle child syndrome" excuse for not cleaning her room or helping with the chores but she always has a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face.

We've joked about how my grandchild's aunt or uncle won't be able to drink or go night clubbing when their nephew (they know it's a boy) starts to go as the poor little bugger simply won't be old enough.

I had my first two children young and raised them on my own. It was hard work and I had limited patience. This time it's different. I have an established career, my own home and the most wonderful man in the world (I'm biased) by my side all the way.

Keep up the good work ladies, enjoy every day of your pregnancy and cherish every day of your child's life. They grow up way too fast and you don't want to miss a thing.

(Rockhampton Australia)



I am currently in the military and am deployed over seas. I have been over seas for over two weeks. I noticed that my nipples started to get really sore and I had some cramping in my lower abdomen. My period was about a week late but I figured it to be because of stress and time change or whatever. Well, after a couple of more days not getting my period, I went down to the store and bought an EPT test. When I secretly took the test it came out positive. My heart felt like it stopped. So I went to the medical tent and had them draw my blood and it came out positive. I just turned 22! I am not ready for this, but I am really excited and my boyfriend is to. He is 30.
I am about 5 weeks pregnant now, and they are sending me home because there is not enough care here for a pregnant woman, if something were to happen.
I have been having cramping pains daily. I have not had any blood spots but reading all these other stories the miscarriages happen with the cramping and then the blood spotting. I am scared to lose my baby. This is the first time I have ever been pregnant and my boyfriend and my family and his family and I are SO excited I would hate to disappoint all of them and myself. I have a million things going on in my head. I want my baby to be healthy and happy. I wonder...


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