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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Bleeding during early pregnacy


This is actually a reply to Lisa (below) who wanted to know if anyone else had wiped and found brownish disharge with some form of matter in it during early pregnancy...yes I have... and after two miscarriages earlier this year I was very worried when this appeared, and I too scoured the internet to read others' experiences and find out as much info as I could.

My doctor kindly booked me in for an early scan... as you may read in my earlier post (pregnant again...third time lucky) I thought I was 4/5 weeks, and today we all worked out I'm actually only 2.5/3 weeks... my ultrasound showed nothing, my internal ultrasound showed the gestation sack where hopefully a nice healthy yolk will grow and turn into a child.

I know the anxiety, and the pain... and whilst I am very, very, very aware of every little twinge and ache... I also remember sometimes I just have to calm down, or else I might do myself and baby more harm than good....

Often, i've found, doctors don't seem that interested... if you feel your doctor or midwife isn't giving the support and attention you deserve, let them know! You may well be over anxious and touchy about every little thing and quite a 'problem' for them...but at the end of the day it's your body and your baby. Take care to make sure others' do too.

I don't know if I'll have a healthy baby... in answer to your question... but I'm hoping for one. Bottom line is... if you have already had a miscarriage (one?) there's still no urgent need for panic...miscarriage as far as I have researched is natures way of creating the healthiest babies...sad and painful as it so is... Also spotting doesn't seem to play as big a part in signalling a further miscarriage as first thought. Bleeding in early pregnancy seems, to a certain degree...acceptable...this is just the information I personally have gleaned from websites in the UK and USA, and what I understand of it.

An early scan and examination really helped put my mind at ease today, and it may help you too... I know I have the makings of a baby inside me now...I know that the doctor is monitoring my HCG level to see whether the possibility of an actual embryo will increase... I have my doctors care and attention to make sure I am safe and not currently having an ectopic pregnancy which could kill me or render me infertile. I'm fortunate to have had such care and time taken over me, so it seems...I just wish it was so for everybody.

Good luck Lisa and everyone else.

Jody UK.x


Scared but Excited


I am about 8 weeks pregnant I am 20 yrs old. (I know I am young) I am still in college finishing my bachelors degree. when I found out I was pregnant I was so excited. my soon to be husband wanted a baby so bad, so to know that I was finally giving him one made me so happy.

I am going to be a mother. it sounds so weird to me. I am scared that I am not ready for a baby and I sometimes I feel as if I were the only person in the world who is scared of having a baby. I am sick all the time and it makes me even more scared. I wonder is there any one who feels like I do?

I am blessed to have gotten pregnant. there are so many women who dream of the day when the will have a child and here I am living someone's dream and not sure if I will be good at this. I want my baby. I want my life. I am just not sure if I will be good at what is happening. I am not sure I will be a good mother.

Well all I can do is pray to God that he may help in one of the most critical times in my life.


morning sickness

I have never been so sick in my life. My OB put me on Zofran and it has saved my life. I take 1/2 a 8mg disolvable tab 1x a day. Dr says it's perfectly safe.
Use it. Save yourself. Nothing else worked and I was simply miserable.

julie davis

God's Advise To Not Give Up

I am nearly nineteen years old (May 20th/06). I just found out a week ago I am about 4 weeks pregnant. I didn't even know it! I had the thought in the back of my mind but I was in complete denial and chose to ignore it. I just graduated last year and moved out on my own for the first time and am living with the boyfriend, the last thing I wanted to be was pregnant.

However, when I found out I became happy. A lot of emotions rained through me though, fear, worry, anxiety, grief, excitement; lots of conflicting emotions to deal with. I thought I might have been pregnant because I felt full all the time. Full, sick, and tired. My boyfriend thought I was because my acne had suddenly cleared and my eyes were the brightest and greenest they've ever been.

My family has been supportive of my young motherhood but I am still worried. I feel so embarrassed when people find out my age and I don't want people to think I'm going to be a bad mother just because I am not experienced.

I have morning sickness all day long and my breasts are always tender and tingling. I feel crampy, bloated, and full a lot as well. Will this go away? I hope so.

Now is a time to be rejoicing in the gift God has given me, not mourning over how crappy I feel.

I supposed God doesn't care about age. He thought that I was ready. It is kind of amazing because I was becoming really depressed. I've been on medication and had therapy twice in my life and it was starting to get really bad again. I just moved far away from all my friends and have had a rough time on my own so far so I was starting to feel like there was nothing to live for. I wanted to give up. I had also gained some weight and didn't like myself at all.

Now I look in the mirror and see how beautiful my eyes are when I'm pregnant. I have the healthy glow and although I feel crappy I now feel like I have something to live for. I believe this was God's way of giving me a gift to nurture and take care of. God works in mysterious ways but amazing and beautiful ways.

I hope if there are any other young mothers out there, that you look at the beauty in the miricle of birthing and being a mother.


Pregnant again...third time lucky.x

I'm just finishing my law degree, and I have fallen pregnant again. I'm about 4.5 weeks, and having my first scan wednesday. This year I've had two miscarriages, one in July, and one on Christmas Eve, and so I'm hoping that this baby will be the one that gets through the pregnancy.

I'm excited, but very worried at every little ache and pain... I came home from work today as I had started to spot with blood and had a bit of pain last night. Perhaps an overreaction, but I feel as a mum-to-be I've got to be sensible about these things and just rest when i have to.

I think that is the hardest thing...sitting down and letting others around fuss you...I woke up to a spotless kitchen and tidy living room this morning as my boyfriend had cleaned till about 2am! How lovely he is! I hope everyone else is as lucky as me to have such a supportive father-to-be.

At only 24 yrs old, i'm naturally nervous and anxious about how this baby will totally change the course of my life, my dreams, my hopes, my everything. Yet at the end of the day it is wonderful that right now i have a little person trying desperately grow inside me.

Best advice I can give to any other young and anxious mum is take your pregnancy vitamins...if anything they make you feel like you're doing something to protect what it is you can't actually see or feel yet.

Good luck everyone.



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