Your essential to-do list during first trimester of pregnancy
As a follow-up to our previous article, here is an essential to-do list during first trimester of pregnancy. Before moving forward, we would like to provide a brief recap of our first article:
– Take your recommended daily dose of folic acid supplement
– Check thoroughly before taking any medicine
– If you smoke, try quitting smoking
– Limit your alcohol consumption
– Cut down your caffeine consumption
Moving forward, we would like to discuss the below mentioned points for your safety during first trimester of your pregnancy:
– Learn what to eat and what to avoid
o What does a balanced diet include? It is such a diet that has all essential nutrients that you and your baby are going to need. You can check out these posts for more such information.
o In addition you ought to avoid a number of food items that might not be good for the health of the baby. These food items include:
- unpasteurized dairy products
- Undercooked eggs
- Unprocessed shell-fish
– Obtain relief from morning sickness
o Morning sickness is experienced during first trimester of pregnancy. You can obtain relief from it by eating little but doing that often. You may not be comfortable eating certain foods, try avoiding them. Light snacks like biscuits may help.
– Watch out for the warning signs:
o Certain signs like cramps in the tummy and/or bleeding must not be ignored at any cost.
o Seek professional medical help in case such symptoms are experienced.
– Your first meeting with your baby
o If everything goes right, you would be able to meet your baby between 10 weeks and 13 weeks of pregnancy. Yes, that is the time when you get your ultrasound scan done. During the scan the sonographer would hold a device named transducer to your skin and perform the scan.
o You would be able to catch a glimpse of your baby and get to know when the baby is due!
– Performing gentle exercises
o Gentle exercise is the best way to beat tiredness associated with first trimester of your pregnancy.
o Get some light exercise like yoga, which should help you a lot in gaining energy.
– Maintain safety while performing daily chores:
o Adequate safety precautions need to be taken while performing daily chores. Avoid using products in aerosol cans and strong chemicals.
o You need to extra careful if your job involves handling chemicals or x-rays.
– Purchasing maternity wear
o Fuller, tender breasts are among the foremost signs of pregnancy.
o You may have to purchase a good maternity bra to support your fuller breasts in order to be comfortable.
– Having sex while if you have the mood
o You may feel too stressed or tired to have sex during your first trimester of pregnancy.
o However, if there aren’t any complications, nothing stops you from having sex throughout your pregnancy.
– Consider making budget for the baby
o The baby is arriving and your expenses are going to rise several notches
o You are going to need money for purchasing the baby’s stuff such as a pushchair and a cot
o Besides that you must set aside appropriate amount of money for the baby’s future.
o Consider making budget for the baby now
– Monitor the development of your baby
o For monitoring the development of your baby and to seek expert advice regarding pre-natal care, you would be visiting your doctor or midwife quite regularly.
o Following every single piece of advice available for free on the internet might not be a good idea. Give priority to expert, professional medical care.