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!
8. Plan your FB/Twitter/Instagram reveal - Come on, you know it’s important! The end of the first trimester is when most mamas-to-be go public, so what’s it gonna be? Understated announcement? Ultrasound pic? Siblings with “Big Brother” and “Big Sister” shirts? Hilarious viral video song?
7. Start talking about names…if you can – is there any bigger dilemma in parenting than choosing a name? You’ve had names picked out since you were 13, your partner never gave it a thought but hates all your favorite names? Maybe wait until the gender ultrasound (if you’re finding out), but it’s not too soon to get a few baby name books from the library!
6. Find a prenatal yoga, water aerobics or Dancing for Birth class – Any exercise is great during pregnancy, but yoga, swimming and dancing (especially designed for pregnant mommies) add strength and flexibility to the muscles you’ll be using the most in labor! Both can also help you with body awareness and breath control, things you might find handy during birth!
5. Read, but not too much! It’s a great time to educate yourself about pregnancy, labor, delivery and newborns, but don’t make yourself crazy. One or two great books are all you need. We’ve got some suggestions, coming soon in another blog post
4. Stay away from Dr. Google – Is there anything worse than reading a list of symptoms and convincing yourself you’ve got whatever disease/problem you’re reading about? Got a headache? Google headache and pregnancy and bam! You’ve got life-threatening illness. But really, you’re probably just dehydrated. Ask your doctor or midwife what’s safe to take and go lie down!
3. Nap – What? With the million things you have to do, we want you to go sleep? Yes! If you can, get some naps in. The first trimester is prime time for fatigue and you’re not doing yourself or the baby any good by toughing it out. Catch a 15 minute catnap for best results and try to enjoy it, because sleeping is a luxury you might miss when your little one arrives.
2. Keep snacks handy if you’re not feeling great – Morning sickness is most common and usually at its peak in the first trimester. While you might think keeping your belly relativity empty is best (can’t puke if there’s nothing there, right?) most women find that an empty stomach increases nausea! Saltines, seeds, nuts and raisins are all things small enough to keep handy that may reduce that sick feeling. Don’t worry, for most women it fades by the end of week 14!
1. Start looking for a doula! We’ve got lots of reasons you should hire a doula (see our Doulas Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Doula!) and if you want to pick the best fit, start making calls now.
Check out our entire Doula's Top 10 Series here!