This list will help you keep track of all the things you need to do in your first trimester of pregnancy!

Pregnancy Checklist

First of all, congratulations on being pregnant! It is such an exciting time in your life but it can also seem overwhelming. This is understandable, especially if this is your first baby. But don’t worry, this list can help you keep track of all the things you will need to do during your first trimester of pregnancy.

  • If you smoke, then quit – smoking increases your risk of many complications during pregnancy, including miscarriage and problems with your baby’s growth.
  • Do not drink alcohol – as soon as you find out you’re pregnant, stop drinking. Doctors do not know the exact amount that is harmful to an unborn baby. Therefore, it is best to err on the side of caution and avoid alcohol during pregnancy.
  • Start taking your prenatal vitamin if you aren’t already taking one – it’s very important to start taking it as soon as possible as you need to get enough folic acid during your first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Choose a doctor or midwife – if you already have one then you’re set. But if not, you have some work to do. Friends and relatives are good resources when it comes to finding a good health care provider.
  • Make your first appointment – you probably won’t be seen until you’re about 8 weeks pregnant but you’ll want to set your appointment soon before the calendar fills up.
  • Cut back on caffeine – studies show that there is a link between high caffeine consumption and miscarriage. It’s recommended that a pregnant woman limit her caffeine intake to about one 11-ounce cup of coffee per day.
  • Start stocking up on healthy food – try to make your pantry and fridge as healthy as possible. Fill them up with things like fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt and multi-grains.
  • Avoid unhealthy and potentially hazardous foods – some foods are unhealthy and others like raw eggs, raw oysters can be hazardous. These hazardous foods can contain bacteria or parasites that could be harmful to your unborn baby. Also, be sure your meat in thoroughly cooked.
  • Get enough rest – this may mean going to bed a little earlier than you would normally. But doing so can make you feel so much better, especially in the first trimester when you’re likely to feel exhausted.
  • What are the signs of problems with your pregnancy – you will have so many different aches and pains, it’s important to know which are normal and which could be indicators that there’s something wrong. Understanding the difference can help with anxiety and stress.
  • Your baby’s development week by week – At Birth Literacy, we provide you with an in-depth week by week look into your womb so you’ll know how your baby is growing and changing and how you are changing.
  • Start tracking how you are changing – at first the changes will seem like they are taking forever, but each week you are changing, whether you realize it or not. Take some time each day to meditate on you and your baby, you will begin bonding with your baby even before he or she is born!
  • Make a budget – it is so easy to want everything out there for you and your baby. But the reality is that so much of it is expensive and often unnecessary. Be realistic and balanced. Discuss your budget with your partner and consider making a savings plan for your baby.
  • Drink plenty of water – this may seem like such a simple thing but it is very important. While pregnant, you’ll need about 10 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day. Water is a great way to achieve this. And don’t worry about drinking more, if you’re active and hot, more water won’t hurt.
  • Start stretching – if you start stretching now, you’ll be glad you did later on your pregnancy. Right now you can increase your flexibility and can prevent your muscles from getting tight later on.
  • Take a walk – getting in a little exercise each day can actually help with your feelings of exhaustion. So try and walk for at least 15 if not 20 minutes each day.
  • Start a journal – one day your little baby will be grown up. As hard as that is to believe, every parent eventually experiences watching their little one grow into an adult. Keeping a journal is a great way for you to remember the way you felt and all the things you did and a great thing to share with your child later in life.
  • Track your weight gain – your healthcare provider will be watching your weight gain when you go in every month for your prenatal visit. But it’s not a bad idea to keep track of it yourself, especially if you’re gaining more than the average amount of weight. While going on a diet is not an option while pregnant, you may be able to cut out the unhealthy foods you may be eating.
  • Have sex when you feel like it – having sex during your pregnancy is completely safe unless your health care provider says otherwise.
  • Enjoy being pregnant – even at your most tired or stressed, you are growing a tiny human that will be a part of the rest of your life. While it’s easy to get caught up in the worries and activities of life, enjoy being pregnant!

Posted by Christiane Grau

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