Woman Listening to Music

It can be a dicey road to the wonderful, comfy and cute second trimester. Early pregnancy can take you through rough emotional terrain, especially if you've experienced a loss before. Thank goodness for my playlist. Music has always been my seat belt on this rollercoaster. Something about a pep talk in melody strengthens my resolve and gives me peace of mind. After suffering so many early pregnancy losses, I don't know where, much less who, I would be without music. So, for the first few weeks of a pregnancy that feels like the Olympics of mental grit, I invite you to put this early pregnancy playlist on repeat...

Weeks 4 – 6 : For the maddening am-I-still-pregnant stage when you're not sure if the pregnancy will stick, stay positive and hopeful with a double dose of diva voices backed by an irresistible Disney theme.Play: "When You Believe" by Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey

Weeks 6 – 8: My anxiety level peaks before an ultrasound appointment, especially the initial fetal heart rate check. Visualizing my baby's tiny ticker drumming along to this rockin' tune makes me smile.Play: "We Got The Beat" by The Go-Go's

Weeks 8 -10: When you're in the throes of morning (or, all-day) sickness, it's tough to not lose perspective. But look no further than this playlist pick's lyrics: "If there's a cure for this, I don't want it."Play: "Love Hangover" by Diana Ross

Weeks 10 – 12: You've got the confirmation from your doctor or midwife, and now you're on your way. Time to stop and smell the roses (if doing so doesn't make you queasy).Play: "Love Is Alive" by The Judds or "Sarah's Song" by Sissel

Weeks 12 – 14: Congratulations on reaching the end of your first trimester! At this milestone, moms-to-be choose to celebrate with a pregnancy announcement. Whether your road to motherhood was long or sudden, there's an announcement playlist for you.Play: "Finally" by CeCe Peniston; "Love on Top" by Beyonce; or "I Just Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble

Debbie Rigaud is an author of Young Adult fiction. She and her husband welcomed a baby girl in early 2014, and life as they knew it has (thankfully) never been the same. Follow her on Twitter @debbierigaud

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