The First Trimester
The first three months (up to 13 weeks) of your pregnancy is known as the first trimester and is a very important time in your baby's development. While it is difficult to control development at this early stage, providing the right environment for the embryo is most desirable and can be best accomplished by adopting a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition.
Several blood tests are typically obtained early in pregnancy – some routine and others are ordered for particular concerns that have been identified. Other tests are performed only after you decide that they would be useful to you.
Below are links and resources to learn more about these important topics prior to and after each of your office visits during the first trimester.
- Your first visit and initial lab testing
- Your Due Date
- HIV Testing (Download and Complete)
- Testing for Genetic Diseases
- Down Syndrome Testing
- Morning sickness
- Emotional Changes
- Nutrition/Weight Gain
- Safe eating
- Activity and Exposures
- School and work
- Alcohol and drug use
- Medication use
- Body Changes
- Baby's Growth
- Dental Care in Pregnancy
First Trimester Warning Signs
Please call us if you experience any of the following warning signs during weeks one through 13 of your pregnancy (first trimester):
Possible signs of an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy or miscarriage:
- Persistent cramping or severe abdominal pain
- Spotting or bleeding
- Passage of clots or tissue
- Faintness or dizziness
Excessive nausea and vomiting, including:
- Unable to keep food or liquids down for more than 48 hours
- Passing dark urine only 2-3 times a day
- Increased dry mouth
Signs and symptoms of an infection:
- Temperature above 100.4 degrees
- Pain or burning when you urinate
- Severe or persistent diarrhea
- Severe abdominal pain
- Foul smelling vaginal discharge
Weeks 14 through 26 of your pregnancy are known as the second trimester. At the beginning of this stage, the fetus is still quite small but has a very recognizable human appearance. It is also during the second trimester that many women feel the baby move for the first time. Office visits continue at four week intervals, and many women will usually have their first ultrasound and peek at their baby. You may enjoy and experience increased energy and comfort during the second trimester as well!
Below are links and resources to learn more about these important topics prior to and after each of your office visits during the second trimester.
The third trimester consists of weeks 26 through 40 or until your delivery. Your baby is now growing and maturing rapidly to prepare for life outside the womb. Your office visits will pick up in frequency towards the end of this trimester, monitoring you closely as your body prepares for labor and delivery.
Below are links and resources to learn more about these important topics prior to and after each of your office visits during the third trimester.
- Body Changes
- Baby's Growth
- Lab testing
- Repeat testing for sexually transmitted infections (Download and Complete)
- Fetal activity counting
- Labor warnings
- Labor, Delivery and Postpartum - Active labor through birth
- Post term pregnancy (overdue)
- Labor options and pain control
- Labor induction
- Vacuum assisted delivery
- Cesarean section
- Right After Birth
Below are links and resources to learn more about these important topics regarding life after your baby is born.