The thought of you finally getting pregnant can be overwhelming. While some mothers are filled with joy and excitement, the fear and apprehension can keep many others preoccupied. In order to get yourself fully prepared for this great milestone in your life, every pregnant mother should have a to-do list to keep herself on track for every stage of the pregnancy. If you are still confused, here are some suggestions you can consider adding to your own to-do list for the first trimester:
1. Find a caregiver
Many women have already had their own healthcare provider before getting pregnant. It’s OK if you don’t have one before. However, once you are sure to become pregnant, it would be the ultimate thing to check off in your first-trimester check list.
Another question most pregnant moms may ask is whether to choose a midwife or an OB-GYN (Obstetrician-gynecologist) for prenatal care. Your answer should be based on whether you prefer to give a natural vaginal birth or are obliged to have a C-section birth. While midwives can totally support you in a natural medication-free pregnancy and labor, OB-GYN are professionals in the field of taking care after those who have health complications which might or might not be required to have a surgical baby delivery such as preeclampsia, preterm birth or diabetes. One more notable difference is that midwives tend to give you more personal guidance on your diet, exercise, and emotional fluctuations than OB-GYNs, who are there mainly to monitor your health status.
2. Break your bad health habits
Although these are things you should have done for a long time ago, pregnancy is the one most important period when you must quit your hazardous habits at all cost:
– Limit your amount of caffeine consumption down to less than 200mg per day to prevent having a miscarriage.
– Steer clear from all forms of smoke, alcohol, drug use, and other hazards as they can put you and your baby at risks of getting various pregnancy complications such as premature birth, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and the list goes on. It can also increase the chance of your baby having low birth weight which is highly associated with the prevalence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
3. Stay healthy
It is especially important for you to create and maintain an as healthy as possible lifestyle when you are also living for the sake of another individual. Pregnant moms must make sure that they get plenty of rest during the day, sleep tight at night, and have a balanced daily diet that is able to provide an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals. Taking extra doses of folic acid is almost a must if you want to lower your baby’s chance of getting neural tube birth defects.
They must also avoid nurturing negative emotions by exercising regularly and maintaining healthy interactions with others as psychological health plays a big part of determining one’s overall health status.
4. Learn basic knowledge about pregnancy:
Whether it’s your family member or your healthcare provider, it is a fact that they can’t be there for you all the time. Thus, mothers should learn all general information about pregnancy in order to prepare and protect themselves. As a mother-to-be, you should know what you will have to encounter along the road, the dos and don’ts during this important year of your life and be fully aware of the potential dangerous symptoms so that immediate actions can be taken.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: January 11, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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