Your Pregnancy

Planning
Pregnancy

This is the ideal time to ensure that you are healthy prior to pregnancy. Start taking a prenatal vitamin with 400mg folic acid, ensure that your vaccinations are up to date (Rubella and Varicella), consider getting active, optimize your weight, and stop smoking. Start educating yourself about pregnancy; we recommend Baby's Best Chance as an excellent 'go to' for common questions relating to pregnancy.

First
Trimester

This is an exciting but challenging time as you may not feel yourself. Many women feel extreme fatigue and persistent nausea. There are safe options for medications to help with nausea. You will need a 'dating ultrasound' between 7-12 weeks to confirm your due date. As well, there are many routine lab tests during this time, often including initial screening for chromosomal (genetic) problems. Review your options for genetic testing. Call your doctor if you have bleeding, cramping or severe nausea. Consider resources for information about your care in pregnancy.

Second
Trimester

Women generally feel more energetic in the second trimester. You will have a detailed ultrasound at 19-21 weeks to assess the baby's anatomy, growth and the placenta. Most women will have a screening test for gestational diabetes and an assessment for anemia at 24 weeks. If you are feeling better, this is a good time to stay active. You may wish to consider registering for prenatal classes and familiarize yourself with BC Women's Hospital

Third
Trimester

This is a great place to tell your story and give people more insight into who you are, what you do, and why it’s all about you.

After
Baby

This is a great place to tell your story and give people more insight into who you are, what you do, and why it’s all about you.