First Trimester: To Do List and Cautions

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To Do List for the First Trimester – months 1, 2 & 3

  • One of the very first things to do is to be sure that you are pregnant.
  • Home pregnancy tests are fairly reliable, but then after it tests positive, make a prenatal appointment with a physician to confirm.
  • Smoking & PregnancyIf you smoke, quit. It is as simple as that. The harm that smoking can do to your baby is not worth the risk.
  • Take prenatal vitamins as ordered by the physician.
  • Medications – Check with your physician prior to taking any medications. Some of these may be harmful to your unborn baby.
  • Alcohol – Stop or control the amount of alcohol you drink during your pregnancy. If you do decide to drink, drink very lightly, it is suggested no more than one or two units of alcohol and no more than once or twice a week.
  • Caffeine should also be limited, it is suggested that no more than 200 mg of caffeine a day. Too much caffeine can increase the risk of a miscarriage.
  • Decide when to announce to the world that you are pregnant. It is up to you when you make this announcement, some women wait until their second trimester and some shout it out the minute their test is positive.
  • Pamper yourself – get extra rest
  • Have sex, if you are in the mood.
  • Start budgeting for your baby during this trimester; it will make things easier in the next two trimesters.

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Cautions During the First Trimester

Severe abdominal pain – Call your physician immediately if you have severe abdominal pain, abdominal cramping or a lot of bleeding.

Other symptoms that should be reported to your physician:

  • Severe dizziness
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Not enough weight gain

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Cat Litter Box
Cat Litter BoxAnother very important thing to consider at this point in your pregnancy is, do you clean out a cat litter box. There is no harm in petting your cat, but there is an infection that is caused by toxoplasmosis that be spread through soiled cat litter boxes. This infection is spread by the cat poop and can cause:

  • poor growth in your baby
  • prematurity
  • eye damage
  • and brain damage

Foods to avoid – Check with your physician as to the foods that should be avoided during pregnancy, such as raw fish or unpasteurized cheeses.

You are well on your way to motherhood by the end of the first trimester.

As soon as you see that positive result on the pregnancy test, seems to be the time that the instant worry sets in. You think about what you have done in the past and will it affect your baby.

Although pregnancy is one of the most thrilling times in a woman’s life, it is also one of the most worrisome. Beating yourself up over everything little thing, does no good, it only stresses you out.

Talk with your physician if you have doubts and…

keep a handful of things in mind during your pregnancy.

  • Get extra rest
  • eat balanced meals
  • exercise lightly
  • don’t smoke
  • limit drinking alcohol and caffeine
  • and have a great pregnancy

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