Things to Do During Your First Trimester
The first trimester of your pregnancy will be full of happiness, nerves, and joyful anticipation. Unfortunately you'll also most likely experience the typical stuff--nausea, tender breasts, tiredness, frequent urination, dizziness, constipation, and heartburn. No matter what your body is going through mentally and physically though, there are a few practical things every mother-to-be should do during the first three months to ensure a solid, healthy pregnancy.
Get an Appointment With Your Doctor
Set up a time to sit down with your OB-GYN and talk details. Don't be shy about sharing personal details about your medical history--they've heard it all so there's nothing to be embarrassed, ashamed, or weird about! Plus, letting her know about everything will allow her to recommend the best care for you and your baby. Your physician will tell you how to take care of your body during pregnancy in ways that will help your baby be healthy pre- and post-birth.
Eat the Good Stuff
First of all, drop the caffeinated beverages and start nourishing your body with water. Your body requires lots of water when you're not pregnant, so think about how much you need in order to keep a second little person hydrated too! The next step is to consume an array of pregnancy-friendly vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy diet. Your meals should be high in protein, calcium, iron, and the "good" carbohydrates. You should try to eat an extra 200-300 calories a day so that your baby is being properly fed.
Go Back to School
Signing up for a few prenatal classes can teach (or remind) you of the very important basics of everything from childbirth preparation to infant CPR. They don't teach you this kind of stuff in college! The great thing about these classes is that they'll tell you everything you need to know, but will also answer questions if you're confused or totally overwhelmed by the impending arrival of your little one. And remember: it's encouraged and totally normal to bring your partner to class!
Start a Vitamin Regimen
Over-the-counter or prescription vitamins are a great way to ensure you're getting enough nutritious supplements. Your body will need folic acid, iron, calcium, and many other nutrients to help baby develop into a little human and get ready to enter the world outside your tummy! Start taking these vitamins as soon as possible.
Just Do It: Exercise
Exercising during pregnancy can do miracles, including (but definitely not limited to) improving your posture, decreasing backaches, and giving you extra energy. Don't work your body to the bone, but try to do some low-impact exercises like yoga, swimming, and walking. Exercise is never a bad thing, pregnancy or not, so make it a priority!
Remember the Don'ts
While most women are aware of the dangers of drinking and smoking during pregnancy, they often don't realize the risk that other seemingly safe activities carry. Be cautious about overheating your body--limit your time outside in extreme heat and avoid taking very hot baths. In addition, some animals may carry diseases (like salmonella) so be careful around them and always wash your hands after handling them. As always, consult your doctor before taking any medication to make sure it's safe for your future child.