So, you’re pregnant?!?! Congrats! Now what to do first? Check out this list of things to do during your first trimester.It might have been a battle to get here or a complete surprise. Either way, now is the time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to have a healthy pregnancy for baby and yourself.
To Do List during your First Trimester
- Eat frequently Make sure to eat every 2-3 hours to help keep your “morning sickness” at bay. Morning Sickness doesn’t just happen in the morning. It can happen at any point during the day. If you want to make sure to keep it to a minimum, don’t wait too long between meals. Keep snacking between meals and make sure to get enough protein in those snacks and meals.
Make healthy food choices. This is not your excuse to eat all the ice cream and candy you can find every day.
- Make your initial doctor appointment don’t go too early and don’t wait too long to make the appointment. Once you take a urine pregnancy test and it is positive, your doctor will most likely want to run blood work and check your beta HCG levels to make sure they are increasing appropriately. If you’re running to your doctor at 4 weeks past your last menstrual cycle, don’t expect to be getting an ultrasound to see the baby.
Please know that you doctor shouldn’t order an ultrasound until you’re around 6-7 weeks gestational age. By the time you’re 6 weeks, the technologist should be able to at least see a gestational sac, maybe even a fetal pole (aka the baby). By 7 weeks, they should see a fetal pole and most likely a heart beat. Keep in mind that the fetal pole is only measuring in millimeters, so waiting until the appropriate time is EXTREMELY important. This early ultrasound is also best for dating of the pregnancy. It’s especially good for those who don’t have regular periods or are unsure of the last menstrual date to get an estimated gestational age from. If you’re technologist asks if you know your Beta number, please share it- if you know it. This helps the Radiologist (the doctor who will be reading the images) to get an idea as to what they should be seeing on the images. If you have higher HCG, where they should be seeing a fetal pole and heart rate, but they are not, knowing this number can help them decide between a viable and non-viable pregnancy.
- If you’re aware that you are pregnant during your first trimester, make sure to make it to your prenatal visits. This will help the doctor know when to schedule certain exams. Depending on your pregnancy history and other information, your doctor may order a Nuchal Translucency scan. This test must be done in a specific time range, usually between 11-13 weeks gestational age. To learn more about what to expect during your ultrasound appointments, check out this post here. I share a ton of info that will help you feel more educated and prepared.
- Try to wait toward the end of first trimester or begin of your second trimester to announce your pregnancy. The miscarriage rate is much higher in the first trimester and you don’t want to set yourself up for failure. The last thing you want to do is go spreading the exciting news of your pregnancy– only to have to be retracting it later and having to relive the sadness with each person that you tell. I’m not saying that miscarriages aren’t to be talked about, because, I’m a full believer that the more attention and awareness we bring to the situation, the easier it can be to learn about and get through. I’m saying, it is hard to tell those same people that you are no longer expecting. I know from experience. It’s like the worst conversation you can imagine having.
- Don’t eat for two during the first trimester( or ever really). Make smart eating habits and change your diet to a more healthier one if necessary. Make sure to take your prenatal vitamins. I’ve also compound a list of healthy food choices that are great for fertility and during your pregnancy. To learn more about those options, check out the post here.
- Make sure to stay hydrated. This will help for all of your blood work, your possible morning sickness and helps the pregnancy overall. Water is always a good thing. This needs to be like the number one thing you do.
- Don’t be a Dr. Google. Don’t google every sign and symptom you may be experiencing. You’ll make yourself paranoid and drive your and your family crazy.
- Prenatal vitamins, can I stress this enough?! This helps with initial brain development and neural tube development. You need this from the very beginning. Some doctors will put you on this before you are pregnant if they know you are trying to conceive. They do not hurt you before hand. It is just a vitamin boost that your body will surely appreciate pregnant or not.
- Drop bad habits like smoking, drinking and drug use. It’s bad for you and baby. Babies are very expensive and you can use this money you are wasting your time on those bad habits and save it for the upcoming baby expenses. Just saying ;)
CONGRATS on becoming pregnant. I wish you the best pregnancy full of happiness and NO complications. If you find yourself in a pregnancy that has any type of complications, feel free to reach out to me to talk about it. I’m not a doctor, but, I do know quite a bit about pregnancy. My first pregnancy was quite unusual. I had a placental abruption and wound up on bed rest for a good chunk of my pregnancy. If you ever need to reach out, email me at, email@example.com If you want to read more about our pregnancy journey, you can find more info here.
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