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When you find out you’re pregnant, the good news is you have about nine months to prepare for baby’s arrival. However, there are some things you’ll want to start doing right away. Check out this helpful list of tips and things to do during the first trimester of pregnancy.
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First Trimester Tips
1. Take prenatal vitamins. In order to ensure that you are getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need during pregnancy, a prenatal vitamin is recommended before and during pregnancy. You want to make sure you are taking folic acid daily to help prevent major birth defects. Check out this link for a list of specific recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
2. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. One of the first things you’ll want to do is call your doctor and schedule an appointment to confirm your pregnancy.
3. Change your diet. There are certain foods that pregnant women should avoid to help prevent listeriosis, a type of food-borne illness that affects pregnant women more often than the general population. Some of the common foods to avoid include deli meats, hot dogs, raw and undercooked seafood and eggs, and foods made with unpasteurized milk. Pregnant women should also limit the amount of caffeine they drink. Check out this link for a list of specific nutrition recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
4. Drink more water. Drinking water is so important for pregnant women. Start drinking more water right away to stay hydrated. According to the Institute of Medicine, pregnant women should consume about 10 cups or 2.3 liters of fluids everyday.
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5. Stay healthy. This is easier said than done; however, one simple and effective way of avoiding illness is washing your hands. Another way is getting a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women get a flu shot. Check with your healthcare provider if you’re interested in getting one during flu season.
6. Pray. Having a little life growing inside of you is truly a miracle. I loved praying for our little ones as they grew inside of me and developed. I found prayer to be especially helpful as my due date approached and the nerves intensified. Knowing that God was in control was a comforting feeling.
7. Track baby’s growth and development. There are many apps and websites that make it easy for parents to track baby’s growth and development. This is a fun way to learn more about your baby and will give you a better understanding of your pregnancy. You can see what size your baby is in comparison with a fruit or vegetable and see what baby is doing inside of you. You can begin tracking your pregnancy at http://www.babycenter.com.
8. Order your free breast pump through insurance. It’s not too early to to begin the process of ordering your free breast pump through insurance. I highly recommend going through Aeroflow. I have gone through them for all three of my pregnancies, and they make the process super simple. To get started on qualifying for your free breast pump through insurance, simply fill out the form here.
9. Start reading. There is so much pregnancy information available online, in books, and in apps. One of my favorite books to read throughout my pregnancies was What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I found the following websites to be helpful as well: http://www.babycenter.com and http://www.acog.org/Patients/Patient-Education-FAQs-List
10. Discuss when to announce. Pregnancy is such an exciting time that you may decide you want to make phone calls right away or you may decide to wait until after your first appointment or even after the first trimester. There is no right or wrong time to announce your pregnancy. Whenever you’re ready, go for it.
11. Think about the gender reveal. There is an option available for parents to learn their baby’s gender in the first few months of pregnancy instead of waiting until month four or five. If this is something you’re interested in, check with your healthcare provider to see if it may be an option for you. Thanks to social media, parents are coming up with fun ways to reveal the gender of their baby now more than ever. You can throw a party, creatively announce it on social media, or if you’re impatient like us, record yourselves opening the envelope soon after receiving it.
12. Start a pregnancy journal. If you’re like me and prefer filling in the blanks, I created a super helpful resource for pregnant moms called the Pregnancy Printable Bundle. In it, you’ll find 28 pages of printables that enable you to track important information and memories from your pregnancy, document your to-do lists for each trimester, keep track of information from your doctor appointments and the birth, write notes to your baby, plan out your maternity leave month by month, and so much more. Check it out in my Shop here!
13. Make room for baby. Once you find out you’re pregnant, you can begin thinking about your home and where your baby will sleep. You may find that you want to rearrange certain areas to make room for your baby. While you have plenty of time to purchase furniture and decorate, it’s not too early to begin thinking about where your baby will sleep and where you will keep baby’s things.
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14. Declutter. As you begin to think about your baby’s space, look around your house for items you can get rid of. As the months go by in your pregnancy, you’ll begin noticing very quickly that your new family member will have a lot of stuff! Furniture, swing, toys, high chair, and so on. With a toddler and a baby in the house now, I find myself looking for ways to declutter daily!
15. Start brainstorming names. I thought it would be pretty easy to decide the names of our children because we’ve talked about it here and there throughout our marriage. However, when the time came to actually name our children, we found it to be a challenge! We named our oldest daughter one week before her birthday and our second daughter the night after she was born. It’s never too early to begin thinking about names!
16. Think about your due date and maternity leave. You will have a pretty good idea of when you’re due when you find out you’re pregnant and an even better idea at your first appointment when your healthcare provider lets you know your due date. You can begin thinking about the timing of your due date, maternity leave, and any leave your husband may be able to take as well. Use the New Mom Printable Bundle to help you plan out each month of your maternity leave. Plus, there are helpful pages to track baby’s feedings, list questions for the pediatrician, record memories, and more! Check it out in the Shop here.
17. Prepare financially. If you haven’t already, it’s a great time to look at the budget and find areas where you can save money. Having and raising a baby can get expensive fast, so saving money where you can can make a difference.
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