Getting Ready for Baby: The 1st Trimester
Congratulations on your pregnancy! You’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed right now, thinking about all the things you need to do … maybe you’re excited, maybe you’re surprised, maybe you’re a little upset. Whatever emotions you’re having, they’re all totally normal.
But in the sense of feeling overwhelmed, there’s no need; you’ve got plenty of time. And if you just can’t fight the urge to spring in to action, here’s 5 things you should do in your first trimester.
Go See Your Doctor: In most cases, your doctor will want you to come in at the eight week mark. A variety of tests will be performed at that time and your doctor may use the ultrasound machine to look for the heartbeat and to confirm the number of fetuses that you’re carrying.
Sleep, Eat, and Sleep: Your doctor will tell you that you don’t need a ton of extra calories right now, but what you do need is plenty of sleep. Being completely exhausted is totally normal. Don’t fight it; rest up. And if you’re dealing with sickness of any sort, know that it will go away (eventually). In the meantime, try ginger candy, saltines, and mint chewing gum to help ease the symptoms.
Take a Health Check: If you smoke, now is the time to quit. Drinking is another thing that needs to be curbed. Pump up the vitamins and eat well. Nutrition is crucial to your developing baby.
Let the Control Go: For the most part, being a control freak is just part of our womanly nature. However, once you have kids, controlling much of anything is pretty much not happening. Particularly when it comes to schedules and such. Now is a good time to practice letting the small things go and easing up on your agenda.
Start Thinking About Childcare: Whether you’ll stay home or go back to work, you need to consider childcare. It’s not feasible to think that you will be able to take your baby with you wherever you go, so if you’re staying home, you’ll want a few sitters lined up. If you’re going back to work, you need to think about choosing childcare, because it’s not always easy to find.
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