First Trimester Pregnancy Tips and Advice

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No matter how “ready” you think you are to have children, experiencing pregnancy for the first time can be overwhelming. Those early days are tough. Even if you’ve seen friends or family go through it, the experience is so different for each mom-to-be. No amount of quizzing your pals, studying up on baby books, or scanning online forums can truly prepare you for the reality of your own particular brand of morning sickness, the reactions of your nearest and dearest, or the absolute panic of having to wait 12 freaking weeks to hear the heartbeat.

Having recently experienced all this for the first time myself, I was surprised at some of the things that happened — and those that didn’t — during the first trimester. So I’m breaking down those first 13-14 weeks with a few of my personal experiences and the advice I’d give to anyone in the same situation. If you’ve just got that positive test result and you’re wondering what’s in store, keep on reading. And if you’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt (or, ahem, the baby), read on to see how many of these feel familiar.

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