Congratulations! If you’ve just discovered that you’re expecting a new baby, you’re probably feeling a crazy combination of excitement, nerves, and maybe a decent dose of nausea. That’s all to be expected! The first trimester does have its perks, like the ability to hide your pregnancy if you’re not quite ready to shout the news from the rooftops, but it can certainly be a tough one for many women. If you’re starting out on your pregnancy journey, make sure you have these must-know first trimester tips down.
- Find an awesome doctor.
When it comes to pregnancy, you don’t want to be cavalier about the ob/gyn you choose to take you through your pregnancy, labour, and delivery. You want the best of the best. Make sure you find the best obstetrician Melbourne and don’t settle for anyone who doesn’t make you feel completely comfortable and confident about the journey to come. Take your time in your first appointment to ask all of the questions that have been weighing on your mind (bringing a list along can help if you’ve got the classic baby-brain-fog already) and don’t be afraid to get a little TMI – they’ve heard it all and want to help you make this process as stress-free as possible.
- Tackle nausea head-on.
Many moms mistakenly believe that morning sickness (or constant sickness) is something they just need to suffer through in silence. If your nausea is making it genuinely difficult to get a decent amount of food in or you’re struggling to hold down fluids, you may need to seek emergency medical care to make sure you and baby are safe. If the nausea is more irritating than dangerous, utilise tools like ginger flavoured teas and hard sweets, peppermint tea, easy to digest foods like salted crackers and toast, and acupressure wrist bands. These simple tools can make a surprisingly significant difference.
- Start paying attention to your diet.
You may not be eating for two (that’s a myth, by the way), but the first trimester is the perfect time to start embracing a nutritious way of eating that covers all of your bases. Make sure you avoid unsafe foods that could harm your baby like soft unpasteurised cheeses, alcohol, excessive caffeine, and some types of seafood, and embrace a balanced lifestyle with a good combination of fresh fruits and veggies, protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. A healthy diet can improve your energy levels and ensure that your baby is getting everything it needs to thrive. Don’t forget to take folic acid during the first trimester, as well as a prenatal vitamin to cover anything you may be missing.
- Make time for rest.
One of the most frustrating symptoms of early pregnancy can be sheer exhaustion. Fatigue is very common at this point. Don’t panic – it will most likely dissipate as you enter the second trimester and your energy levels bounce back, but it’s normal to feel very worn out throughout these 12 weeks. You have to give yourself time to take a break and rest. If this means delegating housework, putting your feet up instead of cooking after work, and recruiting help from family and friends with childcare and other exhausting activities, that’s absolutely fine. Do everything you can to look after yourself and your little one.