Finding out that you are pregnant can be both an exciting and emotional time. Preparing for the newest addition to your family can at times feel overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. Here are some things that you must do during your first trimester to prepare yourself for the next 9 months of this incredible journey.
Choose your healthcare provider
Your health and the health of you growing baby are the most important thing during this time. As such you need to decide do you want to go with an OBGYN or a Midwife? While an OBGYN remains the popular choice, midwives are continually growing in popularity. Deciding between the two is a personal choice and should be considered thoroughly before making a decision. If you are having trouble deciding you can ask family and friends for their recommendations.
Start following a healthy diet
Everyone has those foods that they like to indulge in from time to time, but while pregnant you want to take a look at the foods you are eating and remove anything that can be dangerous to the developing baby as well limit the amount of junk food. Foods such as sushi, deli meat and undercooked meat need to be removed from your diet for at least the next nine months. Try to focus on consuming more fruits and vegetables into your diet as well as foods rich in calcium and protein.
Take a prenatal vitamin
Even if you already follow a healthy diet many people still don’t get all the necessary vitamins they need. While you are pregnant you want to make sure that you are taking a prenatal vitamin that contains DHA as well as folic acid. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid and important in the neurological and visual development and folic acid can help prevent neural tube defects.
Make your first prenatal appointment
While at home pregnancy tests are accurate, a healthcare professional will do a blood test that they will use to confirm your pregnancy. Most people will have their first appointment around 8 weeks and at this appointment, you can inform your healthcare professionals of any medications you are on as well as get answers to any questions or concerns that you may have.
Get a pregnancy journal
You are going to want to keep track of every milestone as your pregnancy progresses and a pregnancy journal can help you do just that. You will be able to write down your family history as well as mark how you are feeling during the first trimester and all the way through the rest of the pregnancy. This will help you get excited about the pregnancy even when you may be starting to feel that morning sickness kick in.
Also remember to enjoy this time and appreciate your body for what it is doing to bring a new life into this world. Get enough rest too, not only because of the changes your body is going through, but once your baby arrives you won’t be getting enough sleep for quite a while.