Keeping Your Baby Safe During the First Trimester

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The first trimester of pregnancy is probably the hardest. It is also the most careful you need to be as most complications happen during these three months. Here are a few ways of taking care of your little bundle of joy from the moment you know he/she is on the way.

• Make it a point to make it to your regular doctor visits and get the below checked
In a normal pregnancy, you will see your health care professional every month until about the sixth month.
During the first visit, your health care professional will take a full health history, including a history of any previous pregnancies. You will also receive a full physical exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap test. You will be weighed and measured and have your blood pressure taken. You will get a due date, officially called the ‘estimated date of delivery’, typically 266 days from the first day of your last period if you have regular menstrual cycles. Otherwise it is customary to assign the due date based on an ultrasound.
Make sure to have your urine tested for protein or sugar (signs of potential complications), and hear your baby’s heart beat.

• Your body is changing; it’s building a home for your baby for the next nine months. This will take a lot of your energy; you will feel exhausted and tired most of the time. Therefore you must,

1. Nap on the weekends and when you get home from work
2. Slow down at work whenever possible
3. Keep your feet up as much as possible

• Most morning sickness disappears by the end of the first trimester, until then:
1. Eat small meals throughout the day so you’re never too full or too hungry
2. Avoid rich, spicy, greasy or fatty foods, and foods whose smells bother you
3. Use acupressure wristbands
4. Eat more carbohydrates

When you should worry about ‘morning sickness’

• If you have lost more than two pounds
• You vomit blood (which can appear bright red or black)
• You have vomited more than four times in one day
• You have not been able to keep fluids down for more than one day

Please visit your doctor immediately if the above symptoms occur.

Make it a point to eat healthy, drink plenty of water and rest as much as possible especially during the first three months. This ensures your baby’s safe and is growing healthy inside you.