Congratulations! That little line you’ve been waiting so long to turn up on the pregnancy test finally did, and you have officially embarked on a nine-month journey to motherhood. You must be delirious with excitement, but first thing’s first: the key to a successful and risk-free pregnancy is preparation. The trimester checklist below will help you enjoy planning the coming of your precious baby, stress- and hassle-free.
THE FIRST TRIMESTER
Break the news to your partner. You can barely contain your excitement, so go ahead and spill the beans to your significant other. He will be just as thrilled that you are involving him in the process.
Modify your diet. This is the perfect time to quit any unhealthy eating habits. You will need to talk to a dietician to determine your nutritional needs if you are under- or overweight. Decide on which prenatal supplements to take, with the advice of your doctor. Focus on folate, vitamin A, B, and D, as well as minerals like iron, zinc and the like.
Quit unhealthy habits. If your pregnancy was not planned, it is crucial that you quit smoking or drinking as soon as you find out you are pregnant.
Meet your doctor. Choosing your doctor, midwife or health care professional to attend to your pregnancy is no easy task. You will need someone you feel comfortable with. Choose a doctor who has a spotless record in obstetrics. The doctor’s clinic must be accessible, and he or she must be available for calls even outside of clinic hours. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor anything before deciding to entrust your pregnancy health to him or her. Consider referrals from friends and family.
Tell friends and family. From the grandparents-to-be, future aunts, uncles, friends and acquaintances, you will eventually break the news. Be as creative as you would like to be, but be careful when spilling the beans, especially when you’ve got friends who are infertile, or are having trouble getting pregnant.
Read up on pregnancy. Pregnancy books (and apps!) will help you understand what to expect in the coming months. They also contain vital information on what’s normal from what isn’t. Your doctor may be efficient, but for all other things you need to know, rely on a good pregnancy book.
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