Congratulations on your pregnancy! This wonderful miracle comes with a roller coaster of emotions – joy, fear, excitement, panic, disbelief and so much more. Experiencing this overwhelming bundle of emotions is your welcoming ritual to being a new mother.
Then, after this initial shock and awe period fades, it’s time to start preparing your body and mind for having a child. Although it may seem early, there are plenty of things you’ll need to do during your first trimester. Our pregnancy checklist will help start you on the right track for having a healthy and safe pregnancy.
What You Should Put on Your To-Do List
- Begin taking your prenatal vitamins. If you haven’t started taking a prenatal vitamin yet, now’s the time to start. It’s particularly critical to get enough folic acid during your first trimester. Make sure your prenatal contains DHA-an omega 3 fish oil component that helps fetal and newborn brain development.
- Investigate your health insurance coverage. Make sure you know what your health insurance plan cove
rs as far as your prenatal care and delivery costs, as well as care for your new baby.
- Choose a caregiver. Talk to friends and relatives, or ask one of your other healthcare providers to recommend someone. You can also check out the preferred providers under your health insurance plan and search online for the right Obstetrician for you.
- Make a prenatal appointment. Although your first appointment usually doesn’t happen until the 8 weeks it is important to call and schedule this visit in advance. You’ll want to get on your provider’s calendar since appointments usually fill up fast.
- Exercise. If you were active before your pregnancy, you can continue to exercise during your pregnancy. Most regimens can be maintained with few exceptions.
What You Should Change in Your Diet
- If you smoke, quit. Smoking raises your risk of a host of problems, including miscarriage, placental problems, and preterm birth. It also slows fetal growth and increases the risk of stillbirth and infant death. Every cigarette you don’t light gives your baby a better chance of being healthy.
- Stop drinking alcohol. We are oftentimes asked about the situation of alcohol consumption without knowledge of the pregnancy. This usually happens very early in pregnancy, before embryo implantation, and therefore is highly unlikely to affect your baby. However, once pregnancy is confirmed, all alcohol consumption should stop. Unlike caffeine, no amount of alcohol can be considered safe in pregnancy.
- Cut down on caffeine. The good news is that you don’t have to stop drinking caffeine completely! The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology advises limiting caffeine intake to 200 mg per day (that’s about one 12-ounce cup of coffee).
- Stick to a diet naturally high in folic acid. These foods include, oranges, melons and dark green vegetables.
- Eat plenty of iron-rich foods. This includes, whole grains, beans, raisins and nuts.
What You Should Purchase
- A good pregnancy book. Because you’ll have questions. Lots of them. Think about buying one for the father as well, he will need answers too.
- A body pillow. Some pregnant women say their number one favorite purchase is their body pillow. Even this early, you may get uncomfortable easily, and a body pillow may help you get a better night’s sleep.
- A maternity bra. You may outgrow your usual bra between 8 to 10 weeks of pregnancy. As your breasts fill out, you’ll find a good maternity bra keeps you comfortable and well-supported in the coming months.
Now that you have a better idea of what things to accomplish during your first trimester, it’s time to start checking things off the list. Contact Contemporary Women’s Care today to schedule your prenatal appointment and take the first step in this exciting journey!