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Congratulations!

Whether the road to pregnancy has been long and full of challenges, short and didn't include a lot time to practice, or a surprise - here you are!

You are entering one of the most amazing and incredible times of your life. Building a baby from scratch is hard work! Your body seems to change almost daily and you may find yourself experiencing sensations or conditions you haven't felt before: morning sickness, exhaustion, breast tenderness, migraines, constipation, nasal congestion, bloating or swelling. And it is all normal! It is essential to take care of yourself while you are pregnant – finding ways to relax, easing the discomforts of pregnancy,  honouring your body’s extraordinary abilities for adaptation and growth--and it's incredible ability to protect and nurture your baby.

Below you will find information to help you navigate the days, weeks, and months ahead until your little one is safely in your arms. If you have any questions you can use the search bar below to browse our many blog posts about pregnancy and make sure to check out our Birth, Baby, and Postpartum pages for information about the journey ahead. 

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First Trimester

0-14 Weeks

The first trimester is often characterized by extreme exhaustion. And then nausea. You are building a beautiful, amazing human being... and no one knows (yet...)! Nausea, is your body's way of protecting your growing baby and is actually a sign of a healthy, strong pregnancy. So although you may feel awful, it can be an affirming thing.  Things that may help include: decreasing your pre-natal vitamins and only taking Folic Acid, B vitamins and Pre-natal DHA. Acupressure bands and our Refreshing Ginger Mint Tea can also help. If you don't care for the ginger flavour, ginger capsules are a good substitute. However, if you are finding that you are unable to keep anything down including water, you should see your midwife or doctor for more support. Ideally you should be sleeping as much as you can and taking time for self care when possible. Newly pregnancy moms may find that any regular exercise goes out the window - but don't worry,  the second trimester is when energy returns and you can get back on track! Our Energizing Iron Mama Tea is a delicious blend of peppermint, nettle, and oat straw that can help increase your iron and energy naturally.

I was shocked to find out I was pregnant and relied heavily on my partner and best friend for emotional support in the first trimester.
— Mackenzie Albertson, First Time Mother
 
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I loved my second trimester! I finally had my energy back and I was finally getting a bump.
— Lindsay Brooks, First Time Mother
 
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Second Trimester

14-28 Weeks

Your second trimester is characterized by ongoing emotional, and physical changes. You may have started to share your excitement with family and friends, and with your appetite returning and energy boosted you may also experience that "glow"! You're able to hear your baby's heartbeat and feel their little movements, you may choose to peek at your baby at an ultrasound around 18-20 weeks, and will be starting to think about your birth preferences. As your bump starts to grow you may also experience itching and noticing some stretch marks. Our Radiant Belly Butter is a luxuriously rich cream that soothes sensitive skin during pregnancy and beyond.

Third Trimester

28-42 Weeks

To be born, your baby needs to move through your pelvis. Fortunately, your amazing pregnant body is able to help that process with help from the hormone relaxin. This perfectly named hormone, relaxes the cartilage that holds the bones of the pelvis together. Relaxin loosens the pubic symphysis, a band of cartilage located at the front of the pubic bone. This softening, allows the pubic bone to stretch slightly--making labor easier--but also means that you may experience what can be a significant amount of pain in pregnancy. Relaxin can increase up to 10 times the body's normal level during pregnancy--affecting all the joints and ligaments in your body, and contributes to why some women experience back and hip pain as pregnancy progresses. Relaxin and loosening ligaments are also to blame for some women’s shoe size increasing during pregnancy--oftentimes, never going back!

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common side effect, marked by numb or tingling hands, caused by edema, or pregnancy swelling. Extra fluids (which are responsible for 25 percent of weight gain during pregnancy) can pool in the ankles and wrists. In the wrists, this swelling can pinch nerves, causing “pins-and-needles” tingling. Fortunately, there’s a cure: Make it through pregnancy and deliver your bouncing bundle of joy. But on the way, things that help are: acupuncture, Aqua Release Tea, massage, and wrist splints!

Heartburn is caused by the pressure the growing uterus puts on the digestive system. Usually, the acid contents of the stomach are kept down by the esophageal sphincter, a section of muscle in the diaphragm that acts to close off the esophagus when pressure in the abdomen rises. But during pregnancy, the hormone progesterone relaxes that sphincter. Meanwhile, the bigger baby gets, the more pressure it puts on the stomach--and the worse the heartburn!. Watermelon helps--a lot! (but not if you don't like it).  Also: almonds, eating small meals (not too close to bedtime), propping pillows, essential oil of peppermint rubbed on your chest (don't take internally) and Tums--can all help too!

I was excited to meet my baby soon but I was also completely overwhelmed with my fears about birth.
— Alexa Radcliffe, First Time Mother
 
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Preparing for Birth

As your due date approaches you may also want to consider taking a prenatal class or hiring a doula to support you and your partner through your birth and immediate postpartum periods. There are a variety of support options available and talking with your care provider about your preferences for your birth can be a great place to start. Head to our BIRTH page to find out more about the journey ahead!