10. Doctor/Midwife Shop – if you didn’t do this before you got pregnant, now’s the time to start thinking about whether your gynecologist, even if you love him or her, is the obstetrician you want! Ask lots of questions and start to think about the things that are important for your birth – you might even check what hospitals they deliver at, just to be sure. Call other practices, and ask friends and family for recommendations. You won’t hurt your doctor’s feelings if you switch to someone more in-line with the birth you want, and now’s a great time to do that.
9. Eat Great – It’s too easy to use pregnancy as an excuse to indulge, but the truth is that in the first trimester, you only need up to about 300-400 extra calories a day, if that. Protein is especially important, and add a prenatal vitamin if you’re not taking it already! Splurge a little, but you don’t need an extra hot fudge sundae at every meal!