Once you find out you’re pregnant the trimester’s almost over! Pregnancy calendars include the first day of your last period, and pregnancy tests usually can’t detect pregnancy any sooner than two weeks from conception. So that means you’re technically already five weeks along or more when you get a positive test.
Heartbeats and ultrasounds! Your health care provider should be able to detect a fetal heartbeat after 9 weeks, and then most women have their first ultrasound between weeks 11 and 13, or earlier if you’re not sure of how far along you are. Seeing your little bean on the screen is a magic moment you’ll never forget!
Planning your maternity wardrobe. You’ll probably be able to fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes this trimester, but they’ll soon get too tight as your hips and chest expand. It’s not too soon to shop for bras, maternity jeans and basic shirts to expand and cover your bump-to-be.
Planning your pregnancy announcement. After a fetal heartbeat is detected you have a 90 percent chance of carrying a healthy baby to term. You might choose to tell friends, family and Facebook at all once with a big reveal and photo shoot, or just phone a few friends and let everyone else wonder if you’re pregnant or just put on a few pounds.
The joy of family. If your parents are still around, they’re no doubt thrilled out of their minds to be becoming grandparents. They might worry for your future a little, they might even wonder out loud if your partner is up to the job, but as anyone who’s raised a child can tell you, grandkids are one of life’s greatest blessings. And just think, if you’re having a daughter the eggs for your future grandchildren are developing inside of her right now. Pregnancy can also bring out a tender and nurturing side of your partner you haven’t seen before.
Gender reveal! Not only do you get to see your little bean on ultrasound, but there’s a good chance you’ll find out if you’re having a boy or a girl. If you don’t want to know be sure to tell the technician that.