First Trimester Checklist

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  • Schedule your first prenatal visit with your practitioner when you’re about nine weeks along. Plan on seeing your practitioner every four weeks.  I saw my GYN immediately after my positive Blood Test.  I then scheduled a meeting with my new OB for 2 weeks after that which would put me at 7 weeks.
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs and cigarettes
  • If your immunizations are not up to date, let your practitioner know. I don’t remember the last time I was immunized!  
  • Drink lots of fluids, especially water (8 to 10 glasses a day). 
  • Stick to a diet naturally high in folic acid (oranges, melons and dark green vegetables). 
  • Eat plenty of iron-rich foods (whole grains, beans, raisins and nuts). 
  • Keep your blood sugar level elevated by eating lots of high-protein and high-carbohydrate foods such as breads, brown rice, potatoes and cheese. 
  • As a general rule, avoid medication and consult with your doctor before taking any. 
  • Get plenty of sleep, and try to nap if you feel tired during the day. I am actually really bad at this right now. I’m working on a deadline at work so I’m not really getting much rest at all.
  • Exercise, but moderately. Don’t start a new exercise regimen when you’re pregnant, and be careful not to become overheated for prolonged periods. Also bad at this, probably because I am not getting enough rest to have energy levels for this. 
  • If you’re a coffee drinker, cut back, switch to decaf or try herbal or decaffeinated tea. 
  • If your family has a history of genetic disorders, you have a high risk pregnancyor simply desire it, consider prenatal testing
  • Start budgeting for your new life with baby.
  • Choose a place to give birth (hospital? birthing center? home?).
  • Consider starting a pregnancy blog or diary and having someone take a picture of you (and your expanding belly) each month.
  • Consider refraining from getting perms and other hair treatments involving heavy chemicals.
  • Get smart — buy a few pregnancy books and dive in.


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