What to Do During Your First Trimester?

So, you and your partner have decided to have a baby already and just a week or two
after copulation, you feel weird. You bought a pregnancy test and you found out that
you are pregnant! Congratulations, you are going to be a mother!

Pregnancy is certainly a milestone that women have to undergo during their lifetimes
(assuming that they want to have a baby, that is).

It is usually divided into (3) three-month periods known as trimesters and it is divided as
such because it marks important milestones of your baby’s development.

In this article, I want to focus more on what you need to know and what you should do
during your first trimester. During your entire pregnancy, it would be best that you do not
get stressed.

I, for one, got stressed when thinking about my baby’s car seat as it is mandatory by law
that you should install one in your vehicle before you can transport your baby home.
Fortunately, my husband offered to help and I am relieved by the gesture.

Anyway, what should you do during this delicate time?

Prepare for Change

The first trimester is a crucial change as it marks your journey towards motherhood.
That being said, you should experience physiological changes as your body adapts to
your baby.

As your body adapts to the changes, you will experience some of these symptoms:
abdominal pains, lower back pains, nausea or vomiting, leg cramps, excessive
heartbeats, and shortness of breath. These things are normal and should even be
expected, said Dr. Kiran Kalian, a gynecologist.

Things to Take Note

Keep in mind that there are going to be so many changes in your life to account for your
baby’s holistic development. Here is a brief list of things to take note of:

  • Do not smoke at any time during pregnancy as the chemicals in cigarettes may
    severely affect your baby’s development
  • If you are taking any medication, it would be best that you tell that to your doctor
    so that you will know which ones you can still take and which ones you shouldn’t.
  • Anything raw should be avoided. This includes raw meats, raw fish, raw eggs,
    and unpasteurized cheese, among others
  • If you are a coffee lover, you have to limit your intake of caffeine. Better yet, stop
    your coffee consumption, at least, during pregnancy
  • Morning sickness and breast tenderness are to be expected during the first
    trimester and onward
  • Slight bleeding is okay as it is a sign that the embryo has implanted itself into
    your uterine wall. If the bleeding is more than just a couple of spots, consult your
    doctor immediately
  • Do not use tampons during pregnancy even though a small discharge is
    expected
  • Tiredness is a common side effect of pregnancy so if there is housework that
    needs to be done, designate that to your husband or other family members
  • Mood swings are also common as well as your body’s hormones are out of
    whack (this is to be expected, though)
  • Cravings in certain foods are to be expected, though, if there are foods that your
    doctor advises you not to eat, do not eat them
  • Weight gain is always part of the process, so do not fret about it
  • Continually visit your doctor and follow your schedule to a tee.