The first trimester is always the toughest. This is coming from someone who has been through 6 miscarriages. As soon as I would find out I was pregnant not even a day or two later I am finding out I am miscarrying. Here is some of my advice on what you should do during the first trimester.
First and foremost start taking a prenatal vitamin. My favorite are Spring Valley Gummy Prenatals. You can find these on Walmart in the store or online. If you are anything like me and can’t swallow giant horse pills these are easy to chew and they taste great.Pre-natal vitamins contain all of the vitamins that are recommended for your body so that it can help produce a healthy, growing baby during development and the first trimester is when all of the major organs are developing so you need to have proper vitamins to be able to have a well nourished baby.
Book Your First Doctors Appointment
If you already have an OB/GYN thats awesome. If not do some research to find a really good OB/GYN doctor. Once you find a doctor, schedule an appointment. Most doctors will take you as soon as you find out or if you have a history of miscarriages, while other offices like to wait until you’re 8 weeks before the first appointment. Be prepared to make it an early appointment and get there 45 minuets early. The first appointment is always the longest because they want your medical history.
There are all kinds of due date calculators out there. You can find this out before your next appointment. Your doctor will give you a more accurate date by doing an ultrasound. You are going to want to know when your last menstrual period was. This is my favorite Due Date Calculator
Stop Drinking and Smoking
This is a must. Alcohol and smoking cause serious damage to your child’s health. According to Parents Magazine “Smoking may also increase a baby’s risk of various birth defects, including cleft lip, cleft palate, and clubfoot. Even more frightening is research suggesting that babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are more likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)” (Parents Magazine). The list of potential health and developmental problems doesn’t end here; drinking heavily throughout pregnancy increases your risk of having a baby with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) (Parents Magazine). My suggestion would be to stop before trying to get pregnant.
There are a lot of medications that are not pregnancy safe. I was on migraine medication called Topamax and I had to stop taking that because it could cause harm for my baby. I would make a list of all your medications and then take them to your doctor so he or she can determine whether what is safe and what is not safe. Your doctor will give you a list of pregnancy safe medications whether it is Over the Counter or prescription medications.
Stay off Google
As much as we all use Google to solve all of our problems. We tend to go to the internet to find out what is wrong wth us. During pregnancy is the worse time to use Google. I would go to Google a lot to see what was wrong, but my Doctor recommended that I stayed off. Facebook has a lot of pregnancy groups which are pretty awesome. Women are either First time moms or they are on there second, third or even fourth child. If you want advice my suggestion would be to check those out rather than using Google.