There is quite a bit to do and know during your first trimester. Below is a list of tips to make it easier and set yourself up for an enjoyable pregnancy!
1. Choose a Pre-natal Care Provider
Your prenatal care will last almost a year, so choosing who will support you during this time is a huge decision. Choose a care provider who has experience (not just longevity), a good reputation (ask people who are willing to share their stories not just “they were fine” statements) and someone who shares the same philosophy about your pregnancy, labour and birth. Think long-term.
2. Make a list of questions for your provider
Your first visit is a chance for you to get to know your potential care provider. You will get a ‘feeling’ reasonably quickly about the fit of this new partnership. They will also outline the care they provide and what to expect from each appointment.
3. Take a prenatal vitamin
Prenatal vitamins are an effective way to ensure you are getting enough of the nutrients needed to assist in the growth and development of your baby. The most commonly known of these is Folic acid which reduces the risk of your baby developing neural tube defects in the early weeks of pregnancy. If you are struggling with morning sickness and find it hard to tolerate taking a tablet, it is best to speak with your care provider to discuss options and alternatives.
4. Be prepared for morning sickness
Morning sickness is common during the first trimester. Unlike the name suggests it can affect women at any time of the day.
The following suggestions may help:
- Ginger tea or ginger ale to settle your stomach (anything ginger really).
- Eat a small number of dry crackers (or something similar and bland) before you get out of bed.
- Keep up your fluid intake (although it isn’t always easy), hydration is essential the food can wait. Sip through a straw, suck on ice blocks or have an icy pole. Keep your health care provider informed if you are no longer tolerating fluids.
5. Get your support system in place
The first trimester can be tough and tiring, exciting and worrying. You will need a good support system. If available, get your spouse or partner on board to help. Growing a small human is hard work! Don’t be afraid to delegate activities where possible and say no to social engagements if needed. If it doesn’t have to be done by you, let it be done by someone else.