By the time you are 13 weeks pregnant, you are rapidly closing
in on the end of your first trimester. Hopefully, you are feeling a
little better than you have been and are starting to think that
somehow, pregnancy isn't so bad after all. You've probably had at
least 1 ante-natal check and heard your baby's heartbeat by now. In
some strange way, having a professional such as a midwife or doctor
talk about your baby confirms your pregnancy as an absolute
You may have even had an ultrasound by the time you are 13 weeks
pregnant, particularly if you have threatened to miscarry. For
women who have felt ambivalent about conceiving, or found the news
of their pregnancy a shock, this first ultrasound can be almost
life changing. It brings the reality of the baby into sharp focus
and gives a visual reminder that life as they've known it is about
Seeing other pregnant women in a waiting room can make you feel
you are part of a select club, one which requires a unique entry
pass. Many women enjoy this sense of unity with others.
Alternatively, it can leave some with a vague sense of concern that
they are really doing the right thing. Everyone else may be looking
so much more confident and relaxed than you're feeling. Don't worry
if you really can't get your head around exactly how you came to be
there. You are all waiting for similar reasons, though each of you
will have your own, unique story. These doubts are completely,
utterly, 100 percent normal.
Stay tuned for the start of your second trimester.