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Momma, you’re pregnant!
So now what?
After you stop reeling from the shock of actually being pregnant (it doesn’t matter if you were trying or not – actually becoming pregnant is surprising) you’re probably wondering what things you need to put on your first trimester to do list.
The first trimester of pregnancy can be a little surreal – you don’t have a belly yet but nausea, breast soreness and never ending fatigue constantly remind you that you are, in fact, pregnant.
If you’re opening Google, and typing “What is the first thing to do when you find out you’re pregnant” – never fear, I’ve compiled all the essential things that should be on your first trimester to do list.
Because I was right where you are not that long ago.
Excited to be pregnant but oh so very overwhelmed with the thought of nurturing a tiny, growing baby that was inside my body.
So, let’s go over the pregnancy must-haves for the first trimester and everything you should know about the first trimester together, okay?
This post IS your first trimester to do list or checklist or whatever you want to call it.
So, what the heck should you be doing now that you’re pregnant?
Early Pregnancy Essentials – First Things To Do When You Find Out You’re Pregnant
GRAB A GOOD PRENATAL VITAMIN
My doctor told me taking a good prenatal vitamin as soon as you find out you’re pregnant is a must but not just for the obvious reasons you might think.
He let me know the baby will take all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to develop.
So that means you, momma, can become easily depleted and run down.
Not something you want to deal with since you’re already pretty tired!
Since I was growing a tiny human, I didn’t want to pick up just any vitamin.
I wanted organic.
I wanted natural ingredients.
I wanted the best, of course.
I chose this prenatal vitamin because it met all the requirements and I didn’t actually have to go to the store to get it which is always a bonus in my world. 🙂
I seriously think the vitamin helped boost my energy by giving the vitamins and nutrients I was lacking
AND, I didn’t get sick once while pregnant.
(That’s something that should be important to you, momma).
LINE UP YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
No matter if you’re thinking about using a midwife or an OBGYN, make that first appointment as soon as you can.
If you have no clue what path you want to take, do some research or ask some mom friends (who you don’t mind knowing you’re pregnant) for their advice.
SET YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
Once you’ve chosen how you want your healthcare experience to look like – set that first appointment.
Your appointment will likely happen by the time you’re 8 weeks pregnant.
If you have any concerns or need medical advice, this is the appointment to ask your questions.
Your pregnancy will also be officially confirmed! 🙂
AVOID THE BAD FOODS
It’s a sad day when you realize there are foods you should avoid during early pregnancy and, well, your whole pregnancy.
Here is a quick rundown of the really bad foods that you need to take off your pregnancy menu pronto:
- Sushi (sigh)
- High mercury fish (think shark, swordfish, mackerel)
- Processed meats (yes, no lovely charcuterie boards)
- Unwashed produce
- Uncooked sprouts
- Undercooked meat
If you’re unsure about a certain kind of food, do your research before consuming it, momma!
GET ON THE HEALTHY EATING TRAIN
You may already eat a healthy diet but if you feel you need to do some clean up when it comes to the foods you eat, pregnancy is the time to do it.
Personally, I struggle at times with healthy eating – I’m generally good – but when I was in the first trimester I started worrying that maybe I wasn’t eating enough of the right foods to help my growing fetus.
I really wanted to do things right, you know?
I picked up a copy of this book and it helped guide me through my entire pregnancy – week by week.
Easy recipes, healthy eating tips, and so much more.
I left this to last because it seems obvious but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
If you smoke and hate the idea of quitting, reach out to your doctor for help.
Pregnancy is the perfect time to lay the bad habit down for good.
LIMIT YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE
I’m like you, momma – I love a good cup o’ joe – but pregnancy is a time where caffeine needs to be limited.
Sigh – right at the time where you feel you need it the most, am I right?!
Essentially, the experts suggest no more than 200mg a day while you’re pregnant.
So, that’s about one cup of coffee – just be thankful you can savor at least that small amount, haha! 🙂
Precautions During Early Pregnancy to Avoid Miscarriage
TAKE FOLIC ACID
Folic acid plays an important role in your baby’s development during early pregnancy.
It’s a good idea to take folic acid for at least 12 weeks (so, basically your whole first trimester).
Most prenatal multi-vitamins contain folic so you’ll be able to continue during the rest of your pregnancy.
For more reading about the benefits of folic acid check out this article.
Early pregnancy is the perfect time to get your stress levels in check.
Get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet and take part in activities that make you happy. 🙂
First Trimester To Do List: Early Pregnancy Tips
GET AS MUCH SLEEP AS POSSIBLE
Early pregnancy is a time where sleep is so important and you may find you sleep more during the first trimester.
It’s a good idea to go to sleep earlier and try to keep the same sleep cycle – your body works best on routine.
If you’re feeling tired during the day, take naps.
Practice sleeping on your side, preferably your left because blood flows best to your baby when you’re on this side.
FIND A MORNING SICKNESS REMEDY THAT WORKS
I found this great article from other blogging mommas who have dealt with morning sickness.
There’s a wide variety of remedies so you should be able to find something that works. 🙂
When I’m dealing with all day sickness (the real name for morning sickness) I drink chamomile tea with raw ginger.
I like having crackers with me at all times because I found if I gave my tummy something else to do it helped relieve my nausea.
Drinking a good amount of water also seemed to help although my bladder didn’t always agree!
BE ACTIVE EVERY DAY
Walking, light impact exercises and yoga are a great way to get your body moving
You may have cringed reading that and I hear you momma, but getting exercise daily can boost your energy and make you feel better overall.
Check out this great article for pregnancy safe workout ideas.
START RESEARCHING ONLINE PRENATAL COURSES
Did you know there are amazing prenatal courses you can take online?
Um, yup – you don’t have to leave the house to learn everything baby, labor and delivery, postpartum recovery, and more!
Your first trimester is the time to start researching the courses to see which one fits your needs.
WHAT’S YOUR BABY BUDGET?
Now that you know you’re pregnant, the first trimester is an ideal time to go over your baby budget.
How will you save for baby?
How will you save money on baby purchases?
Will you stay at home?
How much is daycare?
Is there anything you can cut out now to start saving money?
Sit down and make an honest budget and start planning!
Pregnancy Shopping List for the First Trimester
YOU NEED NEW BRAS
You might have noticed your breast size creeping up giving you an early clue that you may be pregnant.
I went up a full cup size soon after conception (and, for me, this was a GREAT thing!) so I needed to grab some maternity bras.
A maternity bra is another name for a nursing bra, so buying some will be a worthwhile investment.
Plus you might start leaking milk well before your baby is born and those maternity bras will save you embarrassment since most are lined.
I chose these bras and I can’t lie – I still wear them.
I love comfy 🙂
HOW WILL YOU PREVENT STRETCH MARKS?
Momma, you need to choose a stretch mark prevention method during the first trimester.
Because maybe your belly hasn’t started to show yet but your breasts are growing and your hips are expanding.
While growing a baby is pretty remarkable, most women don’t want to get stretch marks and you may not be able to completely prevent them but you can definitely minimize them.
There are a lot of stretch mark creams on the market so you can take your pick.
Because I’m a big fan of pregnancy safe, organic ingredients and the tummy butter checks all the boxes.
Word of advice – don’t just use the cream on your belly – make sure to rub some on your breasts and hips – just trust me on this, talking from experience. 🙂
GRAB A PREGNANCY JOURNAL
Many new moms I talk to don’t even think about keeping a pregnancy journal and it makes me sad.
My pregnancy journal is a prized possession.
Sometimes I take it out to reminisce and I get a chuckle out of things I’ve completely forgotten.
Make sure to check out this journal – I love the design!
MAKE A LIST OF MATERNITY CLOTHES YOU MAY NEED
If this is your first pregnancy, you probably won’t get a baby bump during your first trimester.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to start jotting down what maternity clothes you may need.
Take into account the seasons you’ll be pregnant and remember, you won’t be pregnant forever so you don’t need a large maternity wardrobe! 🙂
Fun Things To Do During the First Trimester
GO OUT AND CELEBRATE WITH YOUR SPOUSE
Don’t forget to get out on a fun date with your hubby to celebrate your new status – parents!
START A LIST OF WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR BABY
I had so much fun researching and determining what items we needed for our baby.
And, yes, I started during the first trimester.
PLAN HOW AND WHEN YOU WILL ANNOUNCE YOUR PREGNANCY
It’s a good idea to wait until you are mostly through the first trimester before publicly announcing your pregnancy but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell people who are close to you.
How will you tell your mom and dad?
Brothers and sisters?
Have fun planning cute ways to share your news!
WATCH YOUR BABY DEVELOP
9 months may feel like a long time but it really isn’t.
Momma, it’s absolutely spectacular to watch how your baby grows.
There are many free apps you can download to track your baby’s progress.
Go to the App Store and type in “pregnant”, then choose from the options.
BRING ON THE BABY BUMP PHOTOS
Part of your first trimester to do list should be to take photos of your progressing belly!
If this is your first pregnancy, wait until around 8 to 10 weeks before starting to take photos – you won’t have much of a bump before then.
Pick a day of the week and snap a photo of your belly!
Worried about forgetting?
Set up a reminder in your calendar to prompt you to take the photo.
At the end of your pregnancy, print the photos and put them in a special album so you can look back through.
(I added these cute weekly signs as a fun way to track what week I was at).
WHAT KIND OF MATERNITY SHOOT DO YOU WANT?
Now’s the time to start researching what you want for maternity photos.
What kind of scenery do you want when taking maternity photos?
How booked is the photographer you want for your photos?
When in your pregnancy do you want photos taken?
How intimate will the photos be?
Adding this task to your first trimester to do list will give you plenty of time to prepare!
That, momma, is your ultimate first trimester to do list.
Make sure to pin this post so you can refer back to it later 🙂
The first trimester is all about taking care of yourself, getting good sleep (if you can), warding off morning sickness, and starting to prepare for your baby.
What did you think about the first trimester to do list?
Wondering why I missed something?
Let me know in the comments!