After finding out that you are pregnant, you may start feeling a bit anxious about what you can do and what you cannot do! But don’t worry dear mommy, there is so much information out there, to make things easier for you. This blog shall put together the list of do’s and don’ts that you need to follow during your first trimester, so that you can make the best possible decisions for you and your baby during this important phase of pregnancy.
- Take your folic acid supplements – You’ll have to start taking folic acid supplements as soon as you know that you are pregnant. Folic acid supplements provide essential nutrients that protect your baby’s brain and spinal cord.
- Prepare yourself for morning sickness – Morning sickness can last all day and night for a few pregnant women during the first trimester. Certain teas are specifically formulated to combat nausea & vomiting during pregnancy. So, if you are suffering from morning sickness, you can just brew yourself a cup of tea each morning or try hard candies that you can eat in addition to your cup of tea.
You can also start eating small and frequent meals that are simple and bland when your morning sickness is mild. If it is severe, then consult your healthcare provider immediately.
- Learn about health insurance and pick the right provider – If you already have health insurance, then plan out for prenatal care and delivery expenses.
A good way to find a healthcare provider is by getting recommendations from friends and family. Also, check whether this chosen healthcare provider comes under your health insurance plan or not. And if possible, meet a few to check whether they are a good fit or not.
- Set up your prenatal appointment – Before making an appointment, make a note of the first day of your last period as your healthcare provider will ask for.
If there is any disease or disorders from your father’s end or any of the family members, then these can be discussed with your doctor. You should also ensure that you are communicating about the other medications that you are taking, to make sure they are safe during pregnancy. Continue to do this throughout your pregnancy and also remember to mention any vitamins, herbs, or other supplements that you are taking.
- Limit your stress – The first few months of pregnancy can be overwhelming, with the list of things that you need to do and manage. But stress can be really bad for your health as well as for your baby’s development. So it is better recommended to avoid stress as much as possible.
Few measures that you can take to reduce stress are:
- Don’t do everything at once. Plan your things accordingly and do one thing every day to get prepared for your baby’s arrival.
- Feeling stressed! Practice deep breathing. Don’t let yourself get too stressed out. Take things normal and start taking a few deep breaths and concentrate on your intentions.
- Use a pregnancy planner to help stay organized and ahead of all the things that you need to do, so that it can be easy to reduce your stress levels.
- Cultivate better habits – Certain things can be considered important throughout your pregnancy like eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising. These are extremely important for your baby’s growth and development and also helps in maintaining your health. Start doing these important things right from your first trimester itself.
- Exercise – Get up and start exercising for a more comfortable pregnancy also which can help reduce any pregnancy complications.
- Get good sleep – Being pregnant can be very demanding and your body needs to get enough sleep to help you prepare for the pregnancy.
- Eat healthily – It is very essential that you eat a balanced and healthy diet during your pregnancy so that you are getting all the nutrients that you and your baby shall need.
- Discuss with your partner about parenting and budgeting – This can be different for all couples because the ideology and practices can be different from one individual couple to another. One of the best ways to tackle them is to sit down with your partner and prepare a list of parenting do’s and don’ts based on your surroundings and experiences. These can come in handy and add value to your baby’s life and can help in better parenting.
It is also very crucial to plan your baby’s budget. Handling a baby’s expenditure can be expensive with all the food, toys, diapers, baby gear, and saving money for the baby when he/she grows up. Analyze whether you can trim your budget now and make adjustments to save more money that can later be used for their future.
- Paint the nursery – Don’t decorate your baby’s room with paints, as their chemicals can be toxic and harmful. Instead, you can choose natural or organic paints along with a well-ventilated room.
- Consume foods that can be harmful – It is always recommended to stay away from foods that are considered harmful to you and your growing baby.
- Smoke or breathe secondhand smoke – Did you know that cigarette smoking is linked to many pregnancy complications such as:
- Premature birth
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Low birth weight and
- Learning or behavioural disabilities as your baby is growing
- Drink alcohol – When pregnant, consuming alcohol can affect a baby’s developing organs and brain, as it passes through the placenta and umbilical cord. Regularly consuming alcohol during pregnancy can lead to:
- Brain damage
- Premature birth
- Miscarriage and
- Life-long debilitation
- Stay in the same position for an extended period – Do not stand or sit for longer periods as it can hurt your veins and ankles. So, take frequent breaks by moving around or keeping your legs elevated after you have been on your feet for a while.