Congratulations on your positive pregnancy test result. It can be an exciting and overwhelming time for parents, as hormones start kicking in with symptoms. There is a lot going on as your baby develops from fatigue to morning sickness. Our first-trimester checklist can help guide you these few weeks. Your first Trimester runs from Week 1 to the end of Week 13 of your pregnancy.
EARLY SYMPTOMS DURING YOUR FIRST TRIMESTER
IMPLANTATION BLEEDING OR CRAMPS– Some women don’t experience this symptom at all. Some have a dull cramping or light brownish spotting. This happens when the Blastocyte implant into the lining of the uterus.
MISSED PERIOD– After implantation, your body releases a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). A pregnancy test can show positive from eight days after a missed period.
BREAST CHANGE– One of the first signs some women experience is breast tenderness and may feel fuller. This is due to hormones preparing for breast milk production.
MORNING SICKNESS– This can happen anytime during the day with or without nausea. This can start as early as week three.
FATIGUE– Your body is going through a lot at thins stage and you may experience low energy
BLOATING-You may feel your pants getting tighter this is from bloating. This is caused by the hormone Progesterone which causes excess gas during pregnancy. Taking in more water and fiber can help in reducing bloating.
HEADACHES– An increase in hormones and blood volume causes headaches during the First trimester.
HIGH BODY TEMPERATURE– Normally during ovulation your body temperature increases and drops during Mensuration but if you are pregnant your body temperature remains high. This is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.
CHANGE IN CERVICAL MUCUS– During ovulation, your cervical mucus is usually of egg white consistency but it becomes white and thicker during pregnancy.
FOOD AVERSIONS AND SMELL SENSITIVITY– Your sense of smell will be heightened during pregnancy. You might not be able to stand the smell of some foods which can lead to food aversions.
11 Things to do During Your First Trimester
1. RESEARCH FOR CARE PROVIDER
Searching for a new care provider can time consuming but knowing what you are looking for in a care provider can make it easier to get the right fit for you. Ask around from family, friends, and colleagues, for recommendations and also read reviews so you can make an informed decision that can be suitable for you for the next 9 months.
2. MAKE A LIST OF QUESTIONS FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Now you probably have a lot of questions you want to ask at your first appointment. You can write them down so you remember all you want to ask. Here are a few questions to ask
-Are the prescriptions I’m taking safe during pregnancy
-Are there foods to be avoided during pregnancy
-What screening do I need
-Prenatal Vitamin Recommendation
-What to do if I experience spotting, cramping?
3. Book an appointment with your Ob/GYN or midwife
Call your doctor or midwife for your first appointment. Most doctors will likely see you from around week 8- 12. Then you can ask any lingering questions you may want and hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time. You will undergo some bloodwork and first ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy.
4. Take your prenatal medicine
Folic acid reduces your baby’s risk for neural tube defects. It is advisable to take your prenatal vitamins even before conception. Vitamin helps you baby in the development of healthy bones and teeth.
5. Try to get a lot of rest
Your body is changing so try and get as much rest as you can. Take regular naps and go to bed early.
6. Get a baby tracking app
Pregnancy apps are a fun way to keep track of your baby’s development, symptoms and every step of your pregnancy. Some of my personal favorites are The Bump app, Ovia pregnancy tracker.
7. Ways to manage morning sickness
Some people are lucky enough not to experience morning sickness. If you do here are some tips to manage morning sickness
Eat small foods at a time to help with nausea.
Drinking ginger and lemon tea
Eat plain toast and crackers can also help with mining sickness.
8. Choose a healthier lifestyle
Stop unsafe habits like taking alcohol, smoking. Stock your kitchen with healthy foods and stay hydrated. Your body needs enough water to support your growing Baby’s blood volume. So drink about 2 liters of water to prevent fatigue, constipation, and dehydration. Continue exercise that is safe for pregnancy and doesn’t forget to take it easy on the exercise.
9. Foods to avoid when pregnant
Undercooked foods, unpasteurized milk, unwashed vegetables, fish high in mercury like swordfish, shark.
10. Budget for Baby
Have a set budget for baby. Know your current financial situation and plan early. Save some money from buying items used. You can set up a registry for your baby’s necessity like the crib, car seat, diapers, and other essentials.
11. Get Maternity Clothes
As your baby grows, your body changes, its time to invest in some maternity items like bra, pants, shirts. They make you feel comfortable as your belly grows.