If you are pregnant after a miscarriage, or if you think you might be, you may be feeling anything from joy to apprehension, and maybe even a little bit of both. Once your pregnancy is confirmed, however, it helps to take things one step at a time -- the first step is getting through the first trimester. Here are some tips from About.com's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth on how to handle your first twelve weeks.
If your period is late, it's definitely time for a pregnancy test! Home pregnancy tests are fairly reliable as long as you follow the instructions, which can vary by the brand of test you are using. Here are some general pointers to keep in mind that will help you understand what you're seeing in your test results.
You may already have a doctor or midwife in mind for your prenatal care, but if you were not satisfied with your current practitioner's treatment of your miscarriage, you may want to consider finding a new practitioner to manage your care during the new pregnancy. Here's how to choose someone who will meet your needs.
If you know the first day of your last menstrual period, you can calculate an estimated due date for your new pregnancy. But let your healthcare provider know if you have an irregular menstrual cycle or if you conceived immediately after a miscarriage, since you may need an early ultrasound to establish the due date.
Morning sickness usually starts around the sixth week of pregnancy. Many pregnant women dread morning sickness, but don't feel weird if you find it to be a relief. Many women who have had a miscarriage feel the same way, since research shows that feeling morning sickness may mean miscarriage is less likely. But keep in mind that lack of morning sickness, or even loss of morning sickness, is not a sign of miscarriage.
It is completely up to you when you let others know that you are pregnant. Depending on how people reacted to your miscarriage news, if you told them, you may decide to announce your pregnancy immediately or wait until you finish the first trimester. Here are some points to keep in mind when you make your decision.
You may feel it's too early to be thinking about baby names and baby showers quite yet, and that's completely okay, but there is also some planning that you can and should start during the first trimester -- such as watching your nutrient intake, exercising appropriately, and avoiding alcohol and cigarette smoke.