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Congratulations on your pregnancy! This is such exciting news. I’m sure you are filled with joy, but are also asking yourself, “Now what?…” There’s so much to prepare for baby! I get it. This is why I’m going to take the guesswork out of your first trimester and share with you my top 12 checklist items to complete during your first trimester.
First off you’ll want to adjust your daily habits to live the most healthful lifestyle that you can. My first five points are:
2. Get a full night’s sleep while you still can.
Soak in this time while you can still sleep. It won’t last long.
3. Participate in a low-impact exercise daily (like walking, swimming, or yoga).
Make sure that you talk to your medical care provider before you start a workout routine.
5. Begin taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin with folic acid.
In doing these things you’re setting up the best environment in your body for baby to grow and thrive.
6. Drink more water!
Something that most women don’t know is that water consumption during pregnancy is extremely important! Your blood volume nearly doubles throughout your pregnancy, and upping your fluid intake is essential to your antepartum health. You’ll want to get at least half a gallon of water a day—that’s at least 8 cups of water, and ideally twice that. Try to work your way up to an entire gallon of water each day by drinking a little Gatorade, adding lemon or lime to your water, or drinking coconut water which will also add in some electrolytes.
7. Schedule your first appointment with your doctor or midwife.
Normally, they’ll see you between 10-12 weeks for your first appointment. I know, that feels pretty far from when you first find out but this is pretty standard. You’ll also want to begin thinking about your healthcare options during pregnancy. Start doing your research and if you do not feel comfortable or absolutely love your care provider, then do checklist point number eight.
8. Interview maternity care providers.
You want to make sure that you and your care provider are on the same page because this is the birth of your baby–an experience that will live with you forever. Ask around for recommendations on OBGYNs and midwives and begin calling to set up your interviews.
9. Once you have chosen your maternity care provider you will also want to begin to research your prenatal testing options.
Here is a list of the different prenatal tests that you could take. Read about them to learn more.
10. Prior to your first prenatal appointment, you’ll want to make a list of questions.
It’s not only good it’s important to learn about your body and your baby, and what’s normal and what isn’t. Carry a notebook with you so when you think of questions you can write them down and bring them with you to your next prenatal appointment.
11. Fit in naps when you can.
Fatigue is very common during your first trimester; use this as an excuse to take a nap or do something else to pamper yourself! Which brings me to number to point number twelve.
12. Pamper yourself!
Try getting a pedicure or sitting by the pool and reading a good book. You are growing a tiny human after all! You deserve a little pampering. 😉
That’s my top 12 items on my First Trimester Checklist. I hope your pregnancy is starting off beautifully and if you complete this list it’s sure to be.