What Should You Do In The Early Stages Of Pregnancy?
Have you just conceived? A big congrats to you, and welcome to the club! This article should help you navigate comfortably through the early stages of pregnancy. Depending on your desires, you are either over the moon or confused.
For couples wanting to conceive, the early stages of pregnancy come with exhilarating feelings of hope and fortune. Couples not quite ready may have apprehensions in the early stages of pregnancy. Whatever may be your peculiar situation, we’re gonna be looking at: “what should you do in the early stages of pregnancy.
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What care should be taken during the first three months of pregnancy?
What to eat in the early stages of pregnancy.
What kinds of exercises are safe during pregnancy?
Get help in case of depression/extreme moodiness.
The early stages of pregnancy refer to the first trimester of your pregnancy. In other words, your first 3 months of carrying that little person in your womb. The early stages of pregnancy is when a lot of women experience fatigue, nausea and vomiting, feeling bloated and breast tenderness.
Early stages of pregnancy are also associated with breasts becoming larger and tenderer. The nipples and areola (the circle around the nipples) may darken and veins may become more visible.
No doubt that first timers will have too many questions. This article; what to do in the early stages of pregnancy will hopefully answer the most likely questions in your mind. Let’s answer them right away.
What to do during the first three months of pregnancy?
Arrange an appointment with your doctor
Of course, the first thing you should do in the early stages of pregnancy is to visit your medical practitioner. You’ll typically see your doctor once a month in this early stage of pregnancy. This is not to say that getting pregnant is sort of a sickly condition.
In fact, in some countries like the Netherlands, the attitude towards pregnancy is that it’s just natural and normal. They do not think that giving the process of being pregnant and indeed giving birth requires an elaborate medical attention. Hence most Dutch women give birth at home, under the supervision of a midwife.
Anyways, the first thing to do when you notice that you have fallen pregnant is to see your doctor.
Take folic acid and Vitamin D supplements
Taking at least, 400mg of Folic Acid strengthens your baby’s immunity against infections and disease later in life. This essential vitamin is very important for bone health and immunity. Vitamin D is very important for bone health and immunity.
Get doctor’s advice taking medicines
Be sure to inquire from health practitioners about the suitability of any drug you are taking. This is important as some medicines can terminate a pregnancy. I will never forget how a woman lost her first pregnancy to taking an inappropriate malaria injection. This also underscores the importance of avoiding quack “medical practitioners”.
Get tips on relief from morning sickness
Morning sickness refers to vomiting that happens during pregnancy. It doesn’t only happen in the mornings, it can happen anytime of the day. One way to manage morning sickness is to eat little quantities but eat often. Avoid taking large meals at once. Crackers and plain biscuits could also come handy.
Call your doctor in case of severe cramps with bleeding
You should report severe cramps with bleeding as soon as possible. This can prevent harm coming to you and the baby.
If you do a strenuous job you need to get advice from your doctor about what adjustments to make.
Smoking and secondhand smoking both endanger your baby. It can result in miscarriage or premature labor.
Quit alcohol intake. At least in your early stages of pregnancy, avoid alcohol as it’s not clear how safe alcohol is to the baby.
Reduce Caffeine intake. Do not take more than 2 cups of coffee or 200mg of caffeine a day. Excess caffeine can increase your risk of miscarriage
Know what you should eat in the early stages of pregnancy.
The health of your baby and yourself are to a great extent determined by what you eat. Drink plenty of water. Eat foods with lots of fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and bran cereal. Eat 4 or more servings of dairy each day. This will provide enough calcium for you and your baby.
Avoid uncooked meats, uncooked sea foods, uncooked eggs and unpasteurized cheese. These raw foods carry a high risk of bacterial infection. The little human in your womb can do without the high risk of infections from these foods.
Also, infections are known to result in miscarriages. So be careful about the things that get into your mouth.
What kinds of exercises are safe during pregnancy?
Exercise is generally good for your health. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Also consider doing pelvic floor exercises to protect your bladder from leaking while you are pregnant and after the baby is born.
- Have sex if you’re up to it. If your pregnancy has been without complications, you can enjoy sex throughout your pregnancy.
- Taking a brisk walk: Not all of us are gonna use the gym or do pelvic floor exercises. A brisk walk for 30 mins per day would suffice even if you do not do other forms of exercise.
- Swimming: This of course is a great way to exercise. Not advisable for those who couldn’t sweep before getting pregnant. For those already good at swimming, this is a great way to exercise while pregnant.
- Paddling a stationary bike, Yoga. Low-impact aerobics: These are just other great ways to keep your body active during pregnancy.
Finally, get help in case of depression/extreme moodiness.
During pregnancy, your hormones are on a roller coaster. Get help if you need to. The tendency for moodiness in pregnancy is such that some pregnant women even wonder if they are still sane. They are just experiencing pregnancy hormones going haywire. A good counselor or an experienced person can be of help if ever experience this.