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>>Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Personality: Early pregnancy can be a challenging time for many women.

While dealing with symptoms like fatigue, and nausea,

there's also a lot of information gathering

that needs to be done.

Let's see what some experts have to say about managing

during these first few weeks.

And then I'll be back to talk to a mom

about her own experience.

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>>Stella Dantas, MD OB/GYN: When you are early pregnant

often you will have different signs letting you know

that your body is changing.

>>Angela Chiodo, CNM Certified Nures-Midwife: So starting around five weeks you'll start to

feel pregnancy symptoms.

>>Kathy Wood, MD OB/GYN: The most common signs of pregnancy are fatigue.

Really crazy, crazy fatigue.

>>Rachel Walker, MD OB/GYN: Nausea, breast tenderness.

Perhaps needing to urinate more frequently.

>>Shauna Hicks, MD OB/GYN: You might be very crabby, or tired, or moody.

The biggest thing is to pay attention to eating

a healthy diet.

>>Fonda Mitchell, MD OB/GYN: Try to incorporate leafy green vegetables.

Whatever you can consume during those

first 13 weeks of the pregnancy,

are vital to the healthy development of the fetus.

>>Alicia, Mother of Two: I lost more weight in my first trimester

than I gained

and so I lost probably 10 pounds.

>>Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Personality: From being sick?

>>Alicia, Mother of Two: Just from being sick.

>>Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Personality: Yeah yeah. >>Alicia, Mother of Two: I couldn't eat that much

when I was pregnant.

I don't know why, it wasn't,

I wasn't aiming for that.

>>Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Personality: Right.

>>Alicia, Mother of Two: And in the office, everyone eats

their lunch at their desk.

So, 11:30 rolls around and you'll start smelling

spaghetti heated up on one end,

and someone has Chinese food on the other

and I lived in the bathroom, about three hours a day.

It wasn't easy. >>Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Personality: Yeah.

>>Alicia, Mother of Two: And half the time you're not telling anyone

you're pregnant. >>Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Personality: Right.

Exactly, you don't want anybody to know in those

first three months. >>Alicia, Mother of Two: Yeah, exactly.

>>Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Personality: And after the first three months, did it go away?

>>Alicia, Mother of Two: Totally fine.

>>Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Personality: You're lucky, yeah.

>>Alicia, Mother of Two: Yeah yeah, totally fine.

>>Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Personality: With a deeper knowledge of the changes that pregnancy

brings to your body,

you'll feel more relaxed and confident during these weeks.

And remember that your provider is always

just a phone call away.