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Pregnancy Advice: 0-12 Weeks


The best of our articles and advice for your first trimester.

By Mamas & Papas

With so much to read and research, we've complied all our articles that are most relevant to you in these first weeks of pregnancy.

If you've recently discovered you're pregnancy, then chances are it's still very early days. It can be an odd time as you're feeling a mixture of emotions - from surprise and delight to that niggling feeling about not knowing what to expect. No matter how you feel, there are no wrong ways to experience this next big step in your life.

While no one can tell you how your own personal pregnancy journey will go, the best thing you can do is try to relax and take it in your stride. By reading pregnancy books and sourcing the best advice from trusted groups, you can get yourself acquainted with everything you might experience at this time.

Our Discover homepage is full of useful advice for pregnancy and beyond, as well as tips on how to find the products you most need, and fun articles and pieces to read by people who've been where you are right now. To make it even easier, we've compiled all the information we think is most relevant from 0-12 weeks, below.

An Introduction to Pregnancy

Congratulations - you're pregnant! It all starts here. It's going to be a fun, exciting, stressful, incredible journey - we hope you enjoy it.

To kick things off, why not read these articles about preparing yourself for this next big adventure:

What to Expect at Your 12 Week Scan

With your 12 week scan coming up, it's clear your first big milestone is almost upon you. Find out everything you need to know before the gel hits the belly (don't worry, we'll explain it). Full of answers to some of the biggest questions, plus a few suggestions on how to mark this big milestone.

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So, You're Going to Be a Dad

Discovering you're pregnant can be a big surprise - for dads as well as mums. In this article, Rob Gilroy, addresses those dads-to-be and gives them the low down on the exciting, amazing journey they can expect.

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Mental Health

While it's important to look after yourself during pregnancy, by eating properly and considering gentle exercises, it's also crucial to consider your mental health. Without want to sound scary, pregnancy can be a trying time, so make sure to look after yourself.

The below articles cover pregnancy mental health in these early weeks:

The Mum Diary: I Don't Feel Like Me

It's not uncommon to feel out of sorts when you're pregnant, and we don't just mean morning sickness. It's a big step in anyone's life, and as things become about scans and milestones, it can be easy to feel like your sense of self isn't quite what it was. You're not alone. as Rosalind Sack explains in his honest, personal Mum Diary.

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Shopping Support

With so many items to buy and products to consider, knowing where to start is tricky. But we've got your back.

Here are some articles about how we can help you get started with those baby purchases:

An Article About Mamas & Papas

In this post, we tell you a little bit about who we are and where we came from. We started as a small family business, and that experience continues to inform everything we do - find out how we can help you become the parent you want to be.

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Attending a Mamas & Papas Parents to Be Event

Knowing where to start is always the biggest obstacle in this pregnancy journey. What do you need to buy, what advice is important, where do you buy those jeans with the stretchy tops? All good questions and all, well most, of them are answered at one of our Parents to Be events. Find out what you can expect to learn if you attend.

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Food & Drink

Whether you find yourself struck down with morning sickness, or need something tasty to satisfy those cravings, there's a lot to consider when it comes to your pregnancy diet.

Here are some articles to help:

Five of the Best Ways to Easy Morning Sickness

No doubt you're becoming very friendly with that early morning nausea. Who knows, it could hit you sometime in the evening, or maybe you're one of the lucky ones who gets to feel sick all hours of the day! Who said pregnancy was tough going? Thankfully, Louise Baty pulled together our top five remedies for morning sickness.

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Top Eating Tips for Happy, Healthy Mums and Bumps

If you can stomach food at the moment - and that is a big 'if' - then it's best to start thinking about how what you eat effects how you feel. While we'll never turn down a slice of cake, it's best to consider the foods you're eating - how good they are for you, but also for baby. Lizzie King has some great tips for eating well while pregnant.

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Cracking those Chocolate Cravings

Let's face it, we all love chocolate and no baby is going to stand in the way of that. But how can we eat those tasty treats responsibly? And we don't mean while wearing a hard hat and hi-vis vest. Thankfully, ace foodie Lizzie King has some great suggestions for beating those cravings, plus a couple of chocoholic recipes that won't clog your arteries.

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Making the Most of those Cravings

We don't all get cravings for pickles with whipped cream, but most of us feel the urge to eat something different. Often this can be a sign your diet is missing out on something important. Lizzie has some top tips for listening to your cravings and finding a way to turn them into nutritious meals that benefit you and bump.

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Madeleine Shaw: 3 Things to Eat When You're Pregnant

If you're not sure which foods are definitely worth your time in these early stages of pregnancy, have no fear. Ace blogger and nutrition expert, Madeleine Shaw, provides her top three must-eat foods. Well worth a read.

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Go Abroad to Find a Better Flavour

Lizzie is back again with more great food ideas - this time how you can combine a babymoon with trying foods that may well be good for you at the moment. With exotic flavours, rich sauces and aromatic spices, there's lots to enjoy when you travel a little further.

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The Mum Diary: Eating for Two

How has Rosalind's tastes changed now she's pregnant - and more importantly, what's she eating. In this entry to her Mum Diary, she discusses how hunger and cravings now take centre stage in her life.

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The Mum Diary: The Sober Wedding

As soon as you discover you're pregnant, it's time to start giving things up. First on that list, obviously, is alcohol. No one said this was going to be easy, but Rosalind discusses her inability to drink, and how that might stand in the way of her upcoming commitments.

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Maternity Wear

As your body changes, so will your style. Even in these early days it's worth looking at your wardrobe for things that might see you through the nine months, and considering what other pieces you'll need.

We've got some great maternity style advice:

How to Create a Capsule Maternity Wardrobe

One of the biggest puzzles when you're pregnant, is how do you hold onto your sense of style when you can't control what shape your body takes on? Joanne Hoare has pulled together a handy guide to show you can you can use simple, effective pieces to create a wardrobe that works for you, as you grow.

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The Mum Diary: The Maternity Wear Conundrum

Our resident mum-to-be, Rosalind, proves that finding those outfits that work with your newly pregnant self isn't easy. Be she offers some sound words of advice, as well as an insight into how her style has changed since becoming pregnant.

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If you want to look at our advice for the next stage of your journey, check out our articles for weeks 13-20. Or why not explore the Discover homepage?

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