Everything you need to do in your first trimester (plus free checklist!)
Finding that you’re pregnant can be one of the most exciting and life-transforming moments in your life.
However, there are so many things to do that it can suddenly feel quite overwhelming.
My first baby was born in a foreign country, away from my family and friends and I felt as though I had no idea what I should be doing.
But I’m here to say don’t worry! It’s not as difficult as you think it might be. Just follow this list and don’t forget to print it out so you can tick off everything you have done. 🙂
Let’s get straight on to the tips!
1) TAKE A PREGNANCY TEST & CONFIRM!
I know captain obvious, but just because you feel like you might be pregnant, our lovely female bodies can do crazy things so please make sure that you take a test to find out for sure.
I take these ones and 100% recommend them as they give you the earliest reading.
2) BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR DOCTOR
Schedule in to see your doctor so that you can arrange the right healthcare and prenatal route that will work best for you.
Depending on when you go to see your health care provider, they may do a scan where you get the first glimpse of your baby and hear their heartbeat. This is usually between 8-12 weeks.
Your doctor should tell you what screening tests you will be having and when you will need to have them. It can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning so make sure to write anything down.
They may also provide healthy eating advice and general lifestyle advice.
You will also want to make a list of questions to ask your doctor on your first prenatal visit.
3) CHECK YOUR INSURANCE
See what you are covered and not covered for. This also applies to any medical interventions that may happen. You may not plan for a c section but does your insurance cover it if you need it?
4) TAKE PRENATAL VITAMINS
I take food based vitamins because they absorb so much better and are more natural than synthetic vitamins. They also don’t leave a taste when you start to get morning sickness and nausea.
If you are short on money these ones provide all the right vitamins and minerals but are not food based.
5) THINK ABOUT YOUR BIRTHING OPTIONS
You have booked in with your doctor already and maybe even had some initial tests done but you can always decide to have a different birthing route.
Do you want a midwife-led birth or do you want a doula for you?
In a bath?
Listening to music?
It’s never to early to start revising your options.
6) TELL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Such an exciting moment to share with your loved ones. Some people wait until after the first trimester when miscarriage rates are higher to tell but others do it straight away, it is entirely up to you and your partner.
There are so many options to make it fun for everyone and to create a lasting memory.
7) GET A BELLY BAND
These nifty bands give you extra room in your trousers and jeans for when you’re not quite ready for maternity clothes. You can also get bra extenders like these amazing ones here.
8) INVEST IN MATERNITY CLOTHES
You can’t just get bigger sized normal clothes. They are unflattering and downright uncomfortable. You will go through a period where you feel a bit meh and stylish maternity clothes can boost your self-esteem.
Contrary to belief exercise helps promote a healthy body and baby and is an essential component in pregnancy.
Many ladies get scared (and I know exactly how you feel) but exercise isn’t going to give you a miscarriage. But don’t overdo it, your body will instinctively know what is too much.
If in doubt walking and yoga are both brilliant option.
10) TAKE A PRENATAL CLASS
Yoga is not only great for helping to ease any stress and anxiety that you may have but it also prepares your body for the birth. Being supple and flexible can greatly assist in the delivery of your baby.
Plus you’ll get to meet some other mums who are going through the same things as you.
Pregnancy is such a precious time in a woman’s life. Even with all the ups and downs, make sure you keep a journal of all the little things that happened, scans, first kicks, etc. It makes a wonderful memory after.
I highly recommend getting an actual pregnancy journal. The first time around I tried to use a nice notebook but found that I didn’t really use it and it ended up getting filled with food shopping lists. 🙄
This time, I really want to record my pregnancy and there is no better way than doing so than in one of these GORGEOUS journals.
12) REST & EAT
If you have no idea what to eat to grow a gorgeous healthy baby (and look and feel amazing yourself), then you can read these previous posts on healthy plant-based diets.
How to have a healthy pregnancy: 1st trimester tips
Easy no oil hummus (high protein)
15 healthy plant based proteins and delicious ways to use them
I hope you liked these tips and equally enjoyed the free printable checklist. How amazing are those colours! 😍
Do you have any tips to offer? Id love to hear them so please leave them in the comments below.
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