Did you just find out that you are pregnant and are worried about what to do next as you know that you are responsible for nurturing your little one. Pregnancy is a beautiful phase of every woman’s life. This beautiful phase comes with many questions in terms of what you can do and what you cannot. Fear not! First, take a deep breath and Congratulations!
Getting pregnant is exciting but also scary, and you should be very careful during the first trimester of your pregnancy, as the study says 80 percent of miscarriages happen during the first trimester, so be mindful of Do and Don’ts throughout your Pregnancy.
My pregnancy was very well planned in terms of pre and post-conception because, after 14 years of our relationship (10 years of courtship + 4 years of marriage), we were pretty excited to have a baby and start our own family. Although you do not have control over things that happen along the way, it is still better to play mindfully when having a child.
Like you do not take any project in your hands or start a business without being educated about it, likewise, pregnancy should not be left only on your instincts, and one should be aware of what to expect. What are the Yes-Yes and No-Nos in this project called pregnancy, and you certainly do not want to create any problems for yourself and the baby.
If you are a new mom, then let me tell you that the first trimester is always the hardest, So below is the list of carefully jotted points that will help you get organized of all the checklists, things to avoid, and things to remember! In your first trimester.
If you want to know the Symptoms that you can expect during the first trimester of your pregnancy, then read my other blog – First Trimester Of Pregnancy Symptoms
DO’s & DON’Ts in First Trimester
“Dos” of the First Trimester:
#1 PRENATAL VITAMINS
If your pregnancy is quite a planned one, then I am sure you would be already taking these Prenatal Vitamins like Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Iron, etc. But if you have not started yet, then start taking them. Also, It is better you must consult your OB/GYN at the earliest so that you can get the exact required dosage.
It’s essential for baby’s development and yours too! These prenatal vitamins are very much required to have a healthy pre and post-baby; your body’s going to need these to run this marathon.
During pregnancy, you need more folic acid and iron than usual. Here’s why:
Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects. These defects are severe abnormalities of the fetal brain and spinal cord.
Iron supports the development of the placenta and fetus. Iron helps your body make the blood to supply oxygen to the fetus. Iron also helps prevent anemia, a condition in which blood has a low number of healthy red blood cells.
#2 EARLY CONSULTATION WITH OB/GYN
If you have not finalized your OB/GYN or Midwife, then don’t waste more time and do it now, as early consultation with OB/GYN and regular follow-up is essential during the first trimester for keeping a check and progress on the fetus development.
Blood test and an early ultrasound is a routine part of prenatal care at 6 to 9 weeks, and I am sure you would not want to miss it.
#3 CHOOSE OB/GYN & HOSPITAL WITH CARE
Choosing the right OB/GYN is one of the best decisions you will make. A right OB/GYN will guide and help you sail smoothly through your pregnancy, which is very important. Finding an OB/GYN is essential, but choosing one can feel overwhelming.
It is better to make A List Of Any Questions You Have For Your Health Care Provider so that it is easier for you to decide on it; otherwise, you’ll be blank when you get in the room. Selecting the right one is in your hands because you would want a doctor you feel comfortable with.
Likewise, it is also essential to find a perfect hospital for delivery. If you have a doctor that you are very comfortable with and do not want to change, you can always consult your doctor for their opinion.
- Make a list of the hospitals your doctor is affiliated with.
- Tell her your needs and ask her which one of the hospitals will be able to meet best them and her opinion on which of the hospitals has the best staff for labor and recovery care.
- After narrowing the list of hospitals, it will benefit if you visit them, take a look at how busy and big the maternity ward is. Also, Look at the size of the rooms and if everything looks clean and sanitary. Find out what amenities and equipment will be available.
Do not hesitate to take recommendations from your regular Gyno or your friends who’ve given birth recently for the inside information on the doctors they felt in sync with; maybe her doctor will be right for you, too.
#4 CONNECT WITH YOUR INSURANCE PROVIDER
Give your insurance company a heads up and let them know you are pregnant. Learn about your health insurance’s maternity coverage and see what you will end up paying for prenatal care, labor, and delivery. Having all your questions answered now can save you a lot of time and money later.
#5 CONSUME MORE ORGANIC & HOMEMADE FOOD
An organic diet is said to be the best choice during pregnancy as it helps minimize the amount of unplanned pesticide consumption, which can adversely affect the health of the mother and the baby because organically grown food is one that is grown without the pesticides, weed killers, or chemical fertilizers
Organic food consumption also lowers the incidence of gestational diabetes. Eat fresh, home-cooked meals made with natural or organic produce instead.
Some awesome foods with tons of health benefits for you and baby during pregnancy include:
- Add yogurt, and milk to your diet, especially the fortified ones are a great source of calcium, vitamin D, protein, healthy fats, and folic acid.
- Eat folate-rich food like citrus fruits, beans, peas, lentils, rice, and fortified cereal.
- Eat Whole grains as they are essential for your baby’s growth and development, which include barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur wheat, millets, and oatmeal. They are a healthy source of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamin B-complex, and minerals like iron, magnesium.
- Add Fruits in your diet as they contain several vitamins and antioxidants, which include musk melon, avocado, pomegranate, banana, guava, blueberries, oranges, sweet lime, strawberries, and apples.
- Ensure plenty of Vegetables on your plate so that your baby gets all the nutrients like broccoli, kale, spinach, carrots, corn, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, cabbage, etc.
- Adding Seeds and nuts is a must to eat regularly in the first month and also throughout your pregnancy as these are excellent sources of healthy fats, vitamins, proteins, minerals, flavonoids, and dietary fiber.
- Use iodized table salt only during pregnancy. Salt that has been infused with iodine can help the baby’s nervous system and brain to develop properly.
#6 TAKE SMALL MEALS & STAY HYDRATED
Constipation is prevalent during the first trimester of pregnancy. Changing hormone levels in early pregnancy cause the intestines to slow down the movement of stool through your system. So, try eating 5 to 6 mini-meals rather than three large meals and Drink at least eight glasses (1.5 liters) of fluid every day, mostly water. It’s vital to stay hydrated.
#7 PURSUE NORMAL ACTIVITIES & STAY ACTIVE
During the first trimester, you can keep doing whatever you were doing before you became pregnant unless advised otherwise by the healthcare provider.
If you’re not used to exercising, start gently and build up slowly. Always stop if something hurts, even if you’re used to being active.
Just avoid any activity or exercise that is overexertion and aggressive.
The idea is just to stay active, and you should be doing enough to make you breathe deeply, but you shouldn’t have to gasp for breath.
#8 TAKE A WALK
Walking plays a critical role and is considered to be the best exercise for pregnant women. It helps to keep your muscles toned, burn calories, so you keep your weight in check and, most importantly, keep you active. It will help you keep your blood sugar levels in control, thus reducing the risk of gestational diabetes. Besides this, walking reduces the risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery. Try to take 30-minutes walk every day or at least five times a week during your first trimester.
#9 TAKE PLENTY OF REST
Rest is extremely important during the first trimester, and you would, for sure, start feeling tired and sleepy, and it is quite normal. Since your entire system is fully engaged in creating a healthy environment for your fetus.
Because your body is going through incredible changes from inside, it’s a signal that your body wants you to slow down and give it time to adjust to the changes. So try to get good sleep whenever possible.
#10 DOCUMENT YOUR PREGNANCY
Don’t miss the fun part of being pregnant besides getting into healthy eating and exercising habits. Start documenting your pregnancy as this amazing time is going to fly away quickly, and you are likely to forget a lot of it.
Start doing small things to document this memorable time of your life by taking pictures of your pregnancy every week.
#11 DOWNLOAD PREGNANCY APP
You must download a pregnancy app like Sprout Pregnancy.
It’s a fun way to learn how your baby is growing and what size they are each week. It not only guides you through every step of your pregnancy, with daily updates that feature videos, articles, tips, and more. You can find information about your pregnancy symptoms, what’s happening with your body and your growing baby, and detailed guides for navigating the ups and downs of pregnancy.
You can also record baby bump photos, track your weight, and keep reminders and notes in a handy to-do list.
Plus, you can join any pregnancy group on Facebook where you can find a vast community of other moms. The forums are a great place to ask questions and connect with other mamas.
“Don’ts” of the First Trimester:
#1 DO NOT TAKE ANY SELF-MEDICATION
Please do not take any medicine without the consent of your healthcare provider, as there could be a health risk for you and your child. Your OB/GYN would understand your medical history before suggesting any medicine. If you have headaches or flu, then ask your healthcare provider to prescribe you some medication that is safe for you and your growing fetus.
Even when it comes to prenatal vitamins, let your healthcare provider recommend to you what all vitamins and minerals are best for you to take during pregnancy.
#2 SAY NO TO JUNK FOODS
Eating Nutritious food is extremely important during every trimester of pregnancy. Still, the first trimester is even more important since your body is building structural blocks for your fetus’s proper development of the brain, bones, organs, and immune system.
Junk food is low in nutritional value, so it doesn’t provide many of the necessary nutrients you need during pregnancy. If you fill up on junk foods, there’s little room left to eat the nutritious food you need.
Eating junk will also lead to an increased risk of gestational diabetes since they are high in sugar and calorie content; your baby might develop a liking for fatty foods, and also increases the risk of allergies, Chances of genetic abnormalities may increase. Junk food may result in an increased intake of acrylamide which can further lead to smaller head circumference and low birth weight in babies.
So, think about nutritious value before putting anything inside you.
#3 COMPLETE NO-NO TO SMOKING & ALCOHOL
If you’ve got any unhealthy habits, there’s no better time to commit to change them now.
Stop Smoking and consuming alcohol, no matter what others say – that a glass of wine won’t hurt, It’s a complete NO-NO.
If you are serious about your baby’s health, then it’s better to be safe than sorry. If there’s even a 1% chance that you are drinking or smoking may result in a lifetime of difficulty for the baby, then it is not worth taking it.
#4 LIMIT CAFFEINE INTAKE
This is also the time when you cut back on your intake of caffeine. It is best if the intake is limited to around 1 cup a day of your preferred beverage. Like I did not go cold turkey with coffee but limited myself to 2 cups a week.
#5 NO NEED TO ADD EXTRA DIET
During the first trimester, most of the women do not like to eat much and usually face the loss of appetite because of nausea due to increasing amounts of progesterone in the body.
So Don’t load up a full plate for every meal, because it is OK, as your body does not need any extra calories in the first trimester. Instead, focus on these good-for-you foods in the first trimester to cover your nutritional bases.
In my case, I had extreme nausea and did not feel like eating much, but whatever I ate, I made sure it was nutritious and healthy. I lost weight during my first trimester due to loss of appetite and food aversion.
#6 DO NOT CONSUME RAW PAPAYA & PINEAPPLE
Avoid eating Raw Papaya or Raw Pineapple or its juice also, because it can cause miscarriage, due to the presence of enzymes bromelain, which leads to contractions in the uterus and softens the cervix causing harm to the fetus.
#7 DON'T GET INTO SAUNA OR HOT TUB BATH
It is highly recommended not to go into a sauna or have a hot tub bath while pregnant because the risks of a sauna bath in pregnancy are quite dangerous. After all, the heat is far above body temperature, and a sauna requires your body to be exposed to that heat for extended periods. These baths can increase your heart rate quite rapidly and lead to dangerous situations for your baby.
Doctors believe that the temperature of a sauna or jacuzzi could cause your baby’s body temperature to increase to dangerous or fatal levels.
Regardless of water temperature, it is recommended that you stay in a bath between 10 to 15 minutes at the most. Because staying in the bath for too long could lead to a fever. Illness aside, staying in a bath for too long can also instigate fatigue and exhaust you.
#8 DON'T BE IN A HUSH HUSH TO ANNOUNCE YOUR PREGNANCY
When it comes to a question that when to announce your pregnancy, then I would suggest that you should keep it traditional and avoid announcing it until 12 weeks because the risk of miscarriage is significantly reduced by then.
I understand that as soon as you know that you are pregnant, we get so excited and just start planning out on the ideas of how to announce your pregnancy particularly.
Although this is totally up to you when you plan to announce it, most people these days choose to wait until the end of the first trimester.
Well….., Don’t be overboard by hiding this news from the seed giving father, here I meant to a group of people. Husband is not included in this – So keep your excitement alive and think of the ideas on how to announce your pregnancy to your husband.
Also read my other blog on – What are the Symptoms you can expect during first trimester.
If you have a suggestion, leave me a comment, and I’ll update my list!
Have a beautiful pregnancy! Hopefully, I’ll see you back here for your second-trimester checklist.