What Is the First Trimester?
The first trimester is the common name given to the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy. During this time, your fetus is just starting to develop and you will start to undergo hormonal and physical changes. Here, we will examine steps you can take to ensure a healthy pregnancy during this time.
Find a Good OB/GYN
Finding a good OB/GYN is a critical part of a healthy pregnancy. Your OB/GYN will be the person who performs your ultrasounds and who answers the many questions you are likely to have throughout the first trimester and beyond. Having a doctor you can trust and who leaves you feeling confident and listened to is very important.
Taking Prenatal Vitamins – Why It’s Important
Prenatal vitamins aren’t just a product marketed towards pregnant women, they are a necessity. When you are pregnant, it is very easy to end up with nutritional deficiencies in your diet that can adversely affect your health or that of your baby. A prenatal vitamin will ensure that you are getting all of the nutrients that you and your baby need.
Dealing with Changes
Your body is going to undergo a wide variety of changes during pregnancy, from weight gain to morning sickness and even emotional and mood changes. The best thing you can do is read up on what to expect so that you know what is normal and what is not. Changes are to be expected, and not all of them are comfortable or fun.
While there is a common misconception that you shouldn’t exert yourself while pregnant, regular exercise can actually be one of the best ways to stay healthy during pregnancy. While it is not advised to run a marathon, exercise in moderation is highly recommended. If you are not used to exercise, start out with low intensity activity and move up your activity level as you become accustomed.
When you are pregnant, you will be taking in between 200 and 300 extra calories per day. Ideally, you will be taking in foods that are high in calcium (but avoid unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses), as well as seafood, folic acid (found in whole grains, lean beef and pork, and leafy greens), and other healthy foods. You will also want to avoid alcohol and caffeine.
These tips can help you achieve a healthy pregnancy. Follow them and don’t hesitate to ask your OB/GYN if you have questions about these or any other pregnancy tips you learn!