You just got the positive pregnancy test and suddenly there are hundreds of things to do. The first trimester can be so exciting and overwhelming at the same time. No worry, we will guide you through your early-pregnancy essentials and get you on track for your next two trimesters. So, here are our first trimester to-dos.
Most home pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy in the week after your period is normally due (two weeks after you ovulate). But, sometimes the result can be a false alarm. Make sure you do it more than once to ensure the result.
If the test shows a negative result, wait another few days or a week and try again if you still haven’t gotten your period. You can do a blood test to be totally sure about it.
Find a Healthcare provider
Having a healthcare provider is important to ensure the health of you and your growing baby over the coming months. Ask your family, friends, and co-workers so they can recommend a doctor if you don’t have one yet. You should consider factors like distance, insurance coverage, and which practice will work best for your ideal birth experience.
Besides, your healthcare provider can also give you advice about taking prenatal vitamins during your first trimester.
First prenatal appointment
It is the right time to call your doctor and make your very first prenatal appointment. Chances are it will involve confirming your pregnancy as well as some preliminary tests and some paperwork.
Time to Exercise
There are lots of benefits of exercise during pregnancy for you and your baby which is a good motivation for you to have physical activity every day. Talk with your doctor about limitations and suggestions for exercise that is appropriate for your pregnancy.
Create a Pregnancy Diet
You are pregnant, therefore, your menu just got shortened. So, it is time to know about the foods you should eat during pregnancy. And you also need to know what food or drinks are bad for you, such as caffeine or deli-meat.
Plan to Announce your Pregnancy
Knowing you are pregnant is one of the biggest thrills you will ever experience. And you should share this joy with your family in the most creative way. Saying “I’m pregnant” still works great, of course. But nowadays most couples tend to make it a little bit better by making fun and creative ideas. Whatever you decide to do, one thing is for sure that their reactions are something you will never forget.
Spend more time with your Family
It is really basic, but it’s also something that is easy to overlook. During this time you need your family around to support you both physically and mentally. Plus, you can learn more pregnancy experiences by talking to your mother.
Budget for the Baby
Whether it is food, clothes or other baby gear, preparing for a baby can be quite costly. You should make a list of things you need first. Don’t be an over-prepared mom, there are more things that you really don’t need than you think. Brainstorm where you can trim your budget to make room for your baby’s needs and consider making some budget adjustments too. Once you have the list, you might want to take advantage of bulk buying to cut down your spending. Moreover, make sure you fully understand your company’s maternity leave policy.
Have a lot of Rest
Your body will start to have some changes during this time because of the hormone increase. So, you should try to rest when it is possible. on top of that, you might want to have an early bedtime. Getting used to the new bedtime routine early will help you a lot during pregnancy and even after your due date. After all, your baby needs you to be healthy and alert.
Don’t worry too much about the Symptoms
In fact, every pregnancy is different. So, if you’re six weeks in and still not experiencing any morning sickness then it doesn’t mean that your pregnancy isn’t healthy. The notorious first-trimester symptoms may begin late or maybe you are one of the lucky ones who don’t have to experience it. Remind yourself that there’s a whole spectrum of normal and obsessing over every little symptom is not necessary.
The first trimester is not bad like most people think. Don’t be overwhelmed because of it. You should try to enjoy this miracle time and also ensure your baby’s health at the same time. We hope this article can help your first-trimester experience better. If you have any questions or information to share, feel free to comment below.