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Care During Early Pregnancy (up to 20 weeks)

This is an exciting and challenging time as you are going through one of the most important times of your life and experiencing many changes in your body as your pregnancy progresses.

In early pregnancy, many women experience light spotting, nausea (morning sickness) and mild abdominal discomfort. If you experience bleeding or cramping that is mild, it is best to rest and stay off your feet.

If you have severe abdominal pain, heavy bleeding or other serious problems, please come directly to the emergency room, unless directed otherwise by your clinician.

Things you may experience in early pregnancy:

  • Changes in eating patterns.
  • Weight gain.
  • Constipation.
  • Learn how to begin to strengthen you pelvic muscles here. This may help prevent urinary incontinence after birth and maintain your sexual function.
  • Planning for breastfeeding: you may need extra support in planning for breast feeding if you have a history of breast surgery (breast reduction or implants with areolar incision), previous unsuccessful breastfeeding experience or are planning to breastfeed multiples. Call 416-586-4800 ext. 7409 to request a consultation with a certified lactation consultant. You can also register for a Prenatal Breastfeeding class, or consult other community resources.