Congratulations on your new pregnancy! This is such an exciting time of life with a lot of amazing changes happening rapidly to your body!
When I became pregnant for the first time, I initially felt on top of the world.
I was so excited about what the future would hold and the adorable baby I would meet in 9 months.
But, after seeing the first positive pregnancy test, I realized I had no idea what to do next.
First Trimester To-Do List
I created this 1st-trimester to-do list as an easy guide to keep you track during your first trimester of pregnancy.
Also, prepare for all of the unwanted first trimester symptoms with these helpful hacks.
Take a Home Pregnancy Test
The first thing to do when you find out you’re pregnant is to take another home pregnancy test.
We’ve all been guilty of trying to find an extra pink line when it wasn’t really there or checking a test way longer than the recommended 5-minute wait-period.
Before you jump ahead, I recommend taking a second test a day or two later to confirm that you are really pregnant.
Start Taking Prenatals
If you’re not already taking prenatal vitamins, it’s important to start right away.
The first trimester is when a tremendous amount of development occurs within your new baby. All of the vital organs and systems are forming, including the neural tube (this later becomes the brain and spinal cord). (Source: Mayoclinic.com)
Prenatals with extra folic acid are extremely important for this early development.
I recommend finding an organic prenatal vitamin that you can tolerate and has all of the ingredients you need. My personal favorite is this prenatal.
However, during the first trimester, if you experience a lot of nausea, you may prefer a chewable prenatal. This is a great gummy alternative that is still organic.
Tell Your Partner
The next thing to do in your first trimester is to tell your partner.
Sharing the news with your partner is such an exciting moment. You can get creative and present a fun gift like a onesie or a daddy to be shirt.
I personally get so excited every time that I share the news right away.
I’ve been told I’m a terrible liar (which I think is a good thing!) so I can never hide a pregnancy for more than 2 seconds.
After a positive test, I love sharing with my husband right away.
Schedule Your First OB Appointment
Once you’ve confirmed your pregnancy, it’s important to schedule your first OB appointment. Most OBs like to see women between 6 and 8 weeks of pregnancy, but this varies at every office.
If you haven’t thought about it yet, now is a good time to think about where you want to deliver and who you want to be your provider.
In most major areas, there are a lot of options from which hospital you’ll use and who you’ll be seeing.
Also, consider if you want to use a doctor or a midwife.
A midwife is similar to a Nurse Practitioner in the fact that we’re both professionally trained nurses. Midwives specialize in obstetrics and can help you throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
You can read more about what a midwife does here if you’re interested. Note this may vary in each state, so check with your local state.
Stop Drinking, Smoking, and Any Other Drugs
Another extremely important item on your checklist is to stop any harmful substances as soon as you find out you’re pregnant.
This includes drinking alcohol, smoking (or vaping), and any other drug usage.
Speak with your OB/ midwife if you need any help quitting, but it’s really important for your baby’s development that you do so.
Check With Your OB About Safe Medications
If you’re on any prescription medications, make sure to tell your OB prior to your first visit.
There are a lot of prescription medications that are not safe during pregnancy and may need to be adjusted or discontinued.
You can also discuss this with your primary care provider, but make sure not to wait 6-8 weeks.
Also, a lot of over the counter medications are not safe during pregnancy.
This includes ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Pepto Bismol (a favorite for upset stomachs), and a lot of cold and flu medications.
If you’re ever in doubt, call your health care provider and get their opinion.
Start a Pregnancy Journal
Pregnancy journals are a really special keepsake. Plus, writing and journaling can be very therapeutic.
Over the next 9 months, your hormones and your body will undergo tremendous changes. You’ll experience so many new emotions, excitement, and joy.
A journal is a perfect way to document this journey.
You can either use this as a therapeutic way to release any frustrations you may have, or you can use your journal as a keepsake for your child in the future.
If you want a special keepsake to document the journey, you’ll love this pregnancy journal.
This journal prompts you to write about different thoughts throughout your pregnancy and also provides space to write freely.
It’s a great way to document your entire journey.
Increase Your Water Intake
During the next 9 months, your blood vessels will increase by 50%. This means, your water intake needs to increase by about 50% as well.
If you’re not already a water drinker, now is a really good time to start. I found that drinking with straws helps me get extra water in, especially when I was feeling nauseous.
If you really don’t care for water, you can also try adding fruit or cucumbers to your water for some flavoring.
Whatever it takes, try to increase your water intake.
Cut Back on Caffeine
Limiting caffeine during pregnancy is one of the more difficult challenges for me personally. During the first and third trimesters, you’ll find yourself dragging all day.
It’s natural to want to grab extra caffeine at this point, but unfortunately, you have to limit it.
To help your baby grow and develop, it’s recommended to limit caffeine intake to 200mg per day in total.
This is about the equivalent of 2 cups of coffee (or one strong Starbucks coffee).
You don’t have to cut out caffeine altogether, but it is important to cut back.
I love coffee, especially during the cold winter months. To keep my caffeine intake low, I mix decaf with regular coffee.
You can also try to switch to tea instead of coffee which is much lower in caffeine.
Prepare For Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is one of the first pregnancy symptoms women develop. This starts at a different time for every one, but typically shows up around week 6 or 7.
Download a Pregnancy App
Pregnancy apps are so much fun to keep track of your growing baby and changing body.
These apps provide a lot of fun information such as comparing your baby to a piece of fruit each week (my baby is an avocado this week!). They also let you know what changes are occurring within your body.
I love the weekly updates not only to feel more connected with my growing baby, but also to know what to expect for my own body.
My favorite pregnancy apps are Ovia and The Bump.
There are loads out there, so check a few out and see which ones you like best.
Similarly to pregnancy apps, pregnancy books also help prepare you for what’s ahead.
I think it’s really important to have a good pregnancy book or two to help prepare you for what to expect with your body and your baby as well.
A lot of pregnancy books touch on all of the physical as well as the emotional changes women go through throughout pregnancy.
Also, they prepare you for labor and early days with your newborn.
If you’re not already exercising, now is a good time to start.
During the first trimester, you don’t have any physical limitations for exercising, so it’s a great time to gradually increase intensity and build up a good routine.
You may not feel up for exercising, but it will actually help with symptoms.
If you don’t exercise at all, start small with walking or biking. Gradually build up your stamina and try other lightweight training, dancing, or pilates moves.
There are loads of free pregnancy workouts available online on YouTube and Amazon Prime. Find some pregnancy-safe workouts and start moving.
Plan Your Pregnancy Announcement
Your pregnancy announcement is one of the most exciting parts of a new pregnancy.
In the age of Pinterest, it’s so much fun to research different ideas and create your perfect announcement.
Most women chose to wait until they’re 12 weeks pregnant to share the news with friends and extended family. This is when the risk of miscarriage significantly drops, so people typically feel more comfortable sharing.
Spend the first few weeks planning out fun ideas to share the news. You can include pets, older siblings, or just you and your husband. You can take special pictures together and create fun memories.
Start Planning Your Maternity Wardrobe
You likely won’t need maternity clothes yet, but it’s a good time to start looking.
Start thinking about whether you’ll need some comfortable maternity leggings or if you’ll need new work attire as well.
As your breasts grow (which they will soon), you’ll definitely want some comfortable bras.
My favorite source for maternity gear is Kindred Bravely. Their clothes are incredibly soft, comfortable, and durable.
Use my special link for a 20% discount off your first order: kindredbravely.com//JordanF
First Trimester To-Do List
These are the most important things to do once you find out you’re pregnant.
Enjoy the process, manage your symptoms, and take time to document your journey.
Once your baby arrives in 40 weeks, your life will be completely changed forever.
This is a special time of life and try to enjoy every moment.
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