6 Things You Should Know About Early Pregnancy

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I can still remember each morning like it was yesterday, when I stood in the washroom, holding tightly onto the pregnancy test that showed I was finally pregnant. Each time it happened, I stood in awe, not really believing it, but so ready for the new chapter of growing a baby, hopeful it would work.

It doesn't seem to matter how many times I've gone through that early first trimester, because each time I'm there, it all feels new again. I forget a lot of the worries I had, the strange things that happen, and the weird things I only seem to do when I'm newly pregnant.

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If you're trying to conceive or you're now in your early first trimester, there are some things I think you should know from a mom who has been there a few times.

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The cramps are normal, but you'll freak out anyway

Any cramps during pregnancy can be alarming, but unless it's accompanied by blood, chances are you're just feeling the very normal, but annoying, first signs of pregnancy. According to American Pregnancy Association, this normal cramping can be attributed to the stretching of ligaments that hold your uterus, which is expanding.

It doesn't matter how many times you read that it's normal, or how many times you've had it and it's all been fine, you'll probably still freak out a little and reach out to your personal doctor, Google, for the answers.

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You will sit and wait for morning sickness

No one really wants to feel sick, but when you're pregnant, you anticipate the queasiness and wonder why it's not there if you don't feel it. According to WebMD, morning sickness strikes about 90% of pregnancies, so it can seem odd if it doesn't happen to you. My advice: if you don't feel sick, don't worry.

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Tired will take on a whole new meaning

You might think you know what it's like to be tired, but when you're in your early first trimester, you'll quickly realize you had no real idea what “tired” meant. The hormones and your body going into overdrive to, you know – grow a human – takes a lot out of a person. You should be prepared to fight the nap or just make time to catch a little more rest.

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You're going to bloat

So, about those maternity pants … You'll either want to get some earlier than you thought or make sure you're well stocked on stretchy pants. During the early weeks of pregnancy, you are going to bloat, thanks to the hormone progesterone, which is surging through your body to make a baby.

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It's OK to tell people already

There is this idea that you need to make sure the pregnancy is “going well” before sharing the news that you're expecting a baby, so many people wait until they've surpassed the 12-week mark of pregnancy and they are into that second trimester.

The truth is you don't have to wait. You're not going to “jinx” your pregnancy by being happy, and even if the worst does happen, at least you'll have a support group around you that can give you comfort and grieve along with you.

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Don't dwell on the “coulds” and the “what-ifs,” because every pregnancy, no matter the final outcome, deserves to be celebrated when you're excited.

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You're probably not done taking pregnancy tests

You took a test, and it was positive. You freaked out for joy (or not), and you took another one–just to make sure. You told your partner (or not) and you started wrapping your head around what's about to happen. I bet you thought you were done taking pregnancy tests, but I can almost guarantee you'll take another one a few days later just to be sure. Even if you've been trying to conceive for some time, those pregnancy tests are little affirmations that it's going well, because before the symptoms flood in, there's not much else to go on.

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6 Things You Should Know About Early Pregnancy

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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