As it is the first time you are pregnant, everything may seem strange and news to you but it also brings different emotions to you. The first trimester is when you discover your baby is now growing inside you, you will be hit with joy, grateful but also worries as well. As it is very important for a baby’s development, not all pregnant women know what to do in the first trimester. Here are things you should do in the first trimester to help your baby and yourself be healthy and prepare yourself with the knowledge and skills before becoming a future mother.
Find A Good Healthcare Provider
Finding a good healthcare provider will help you a lot in the journey to welcome your baby. They will answer your questions, give you advice, and help you set up your birth plan. A healthcare provider may be an obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn), a family physician, a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), or a direct-entry midwife. Obstetricians are the most common choice in the United States, but certified nurse-midwives are becoming more popular. You should ask your family, friends, and co-workers to recommend a favorite healthcare provider if you don’t yet have one. The best thing is to choose someone you feel completely comfortable with, who’s appropriate for your needs, respect your wishes, and practices in the right setting for you.
Investigate Health Insurance
You should make sure you know what your health insurance plan covers. The common questions is how far your prenatal care and delivery costs, and how to add your baby to your family health plan. You can get the answers to these questions by calling your health insurance company or talking to your company’s benefits department. By doing this, you will save a lot of money and time later.
Start Taking Your Prenatal Vitamin in the First Trimester
The prenatal vitamin will provide the necessary amount of folic acid. This can help you to prevent some serious birth defects. The U.S. Public Health Service and CDC recommend that all women from 15 to 45 years old take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. But for pregnant women, you should be taking 600 micrograms of folic acid in the first trimester of pregnancy. Not only does the prenatal vitamin provide folic acid, but it also will help cover your needs for calcium, iron, and zinc. Additionally, they provide the appropriate amounts of DHA and EPA, two types of omega-3 fats that help your baby’s brain develop. So if you are not taking the prenatal vitamin, it’s time to start. Please note that taking too much folic acid can be a health risk so please don’t exceed the RDA.
Make Your First Prenatal Appointment
Somewhere around 8 weeks of pregnancy, you’ll likely have your first prenatal meeting. To prepare for it, you should note down the first day of your last period so your healthcare provider can know how many weeks you have been pregnant and estimate when the baby will be born. At your first prenatal meeting, You will have different kinds of tests including a pelvic exam, blood and urine tests, and tests for certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These tests are an indispensable step so that you can see whether you and your baby are healthy or experiencing any abnormalities. Your doctor then will provide you specific advice on diet, vitamin supplements or recommendations in daily activities. If you are taking any kind of medication, you should consult your provider if it is safe or not.
Eat Healthfully since The First Trimester
ou will need a lot of energy during pregnancy as now you carry your baby as well. During this first trimester, you do not need to eat too much but must ensure enough nutrients for the development of your baby. Nausea and morning sickness may be problems for you to eat well so just try your best. You should stock your kitchen with healthy food like nuts, fresh and dried fruit, multigrain pasta, and yogurt. Moreover, you should stay hydrated as well. Your body will need more water to maintain your baby’s growing blood volume. And make sure you stay away from alcohol.
It is a great idea to find a prenatal exercise class in your area. Suitable exercise is a good way to maintain your health, reduce morning sickness as well as boost your energy. You can try some prenatal yogas at home if you can’t find any classes. To ensure that your exercise is safe for pregnancy, you should call your doctor and take their suggestion.
Get A Lot Of Sleep
Finding yourself easier to get tired is an early symptom of pregnancy. As you will need more and more energy to keep yourself healthy and help your baby develop, getting enough rest is crucial. You should take a nap when it is possible and go to bed earlier than usual. Sleeping well will help you restore your energy and stay healthy.
Ask For Help.
You don’t have to do everything alone. As the first trimester may make you more tired than usual, you should ask your partner to help you more. Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about your pregnancy so they can provide you with the best help. If you have any problems or questions, remember to consult your doctor as well.
So there’s our guide on what to do in the first trimester. Share with us what you are feeling about your baby in the comments!