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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO DO IN YOUR FIRST TRIMESTER (PLUS FREE CHECKLIST!)

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Everything You Need To Do In Your First Trimester

Everything you need to do in your first trimester (plus free checklist!)

 

Finding that you’re pregnant can be one of the most exciting and life-transforming moments in your life. 

 

However, there are so many things to do that it can suddenly feel quite overwhelming.

 

My first baby was born in a foreign country, away from my family and friends and I felt as though I had no idea what I should be doing.

 

But I’m here to say don’t worry! It’s not as difficult as you think it might be. Just follow this list and don’t forget to print it out so you can tick off everything you have done. 🙂

 

Let’s get straight on to the tips!

 

1) TAKE A PREGNANCY TEST & CONFIRM! 

 

I know captain obvious, but just because you feel like you might be pregnant, our lovely female bodies can do crazy things so please make sure that you take a test to find out for sure.

 

I take these ones and 100% recommend them as they give you the earliest reading.

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2) BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR DOCTOR

 

Schedule in to see your doctor so that you can arrange the right healthcare and prenatal route that will work best for you.

 

Depending on when you go to see your health care provider, they may do a scan where you get the first glimpse of your baby and hear their heartbeat. This is usually between 8-12 weeks. 

 

Your doctor should tell you what screening tests you will be having and when you will need to have them. It can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning so make sure to write anything down. 

 

They may also provide healthy eating advice and general lifestyle advice.

 

You will also want to make a list of questions to ask your doctor on your first prenatal visit.

 

3) CHECK YOUR INSURANCE

 

See what you are covered and not covered for. This also applies to any medical interventions that may happen. You may not plan for a c section but does your insurance cover it if you need it?

First Trimester Checklist

4) TAKE PRENATAL VITAMINS 

 

I take food based vitamins because they absorb so much better and are more natural than synthetic vitamins. They also don’t leave a taste when you start to get morning sickness and nausea.

 

These ones are AMAZING and have excellent reviews for being gentle on the tummy.

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatalir?t=holisticallyl-21&l=am2&o=2&a=B005JA

If you are short on money these ones provide all the right vitamins and minerals but are not food based.

Vitabiotics Pregnacare Original Tabletsir?t=holisticallyl-21&l=am2&o=2&a=B000LN

5) THINK ABOUT YOUR BIRTHING OPTIONS 

 

You have booked in with your doctor already and maybe even had some initial tests done but you can always decide to have a different birthing route.

 

Do you want a midwife-led birth or do you want a doula for you?

 

In a bath?

 

At home?

 

Squatting?

 

Listening to music?

 

It’s never to early to start revising your options.

 

6) TELL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS 

Share this exciting moment with your loved ones!

Such an exciting moment to share with your loved ones. Some people wait until after the first trimester when miscarriage rates are higher to tell but others do it straight away, it is entirely up to you and your partner. 

 

There are so many options to make it fun for everyone and to create a lasting memory.
Here are 72 unique pregnancy announcements worthy of your news

 

7) GET A BELLY BAND 

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These nifty bands give you extra room in your trousers and jeans for when you’re not quite ready for maternity clothes. You can also get bra extenders like these amazing ones here.

 

8) INVEST IN MATERNITY CLOTHES

 

You can’t just get bigger sized normal clothes. They are unflattering and downright uncomfortable. You will go through a period where you feel a bit meh and stylish maternity clothes can boost your self-esteem. 

 

Suggested: view where to find stylish and affordable maternity clothes post here. (POST)First Trimester Checklist

 

9) EXERCISE 

 

Contrary to belief exercise helps promote a healthy body and baby and is an essential component in pregnancy.

 

Many ladies get scared (and I know exactly how you feel) but exercise isn’t going to give you a miscarriage. But don’t overdo it, your body will instinctively know what is too much.

 

If in doubt walking and yoga are both brilliant option.

 

10) TAKE A PRENATAL CLASS 

 

Yoga is not only great for helping to ease any stress and anxiety that you may have but it also prepares your body for the birth. Being supple and flexible can greatly assist in the delivery of your baby.

 

Plus you’ll get to meet some other mums who are going through the same things as you.

 

11) JOURNAL 

 

Pregnancy is such a precious time in a woman’s life. Even with all the ups and downs, make sure you keep a journal of all the little things that happened, scans, first kicks, etc. It makes a wonderful memory after.

 

I highly recommend getting an actual pregnancy journal. The first time around I tried to use a nice notebook but found that I didn’t really use it and it ended up getting filled with food shopping lists. 🙄

 

This time, I really want to record my pregnancy and there is no better way than doing so than in one of these GORGEOUS journals.

Bump to Birthday Pregnancy Journalir?t=holisticallyl-21&l=am2&o=2&a=190704

From Bump to Baby Pregnancy Journalir?t=holisticallyl-21&l=am2&o=2&a=184869

How to Grow A Baby Journalir?t=holisticallyl-21&l=am2&o=2&a=178504

My Pregnancy Journalir?t=holisticallyl-21&l=am2&o=2&a=184601

12) REST & EAT

 

If you have no idea what to eat to grow a gorgeous healthy baby (and look and feel amazing yourself), then you can read these previous posts on healthy plant-based diets.

 

 

And if you would like extra help, contact me here for private and group coaching.

 

AND don’t forget to print out your free checklist here 

 

I hope you liked these tips and equally enjoyed the free printable checklist. How amazing are those colours! 😍

 

Do you have any tips to offer? Id love to hear them so please leave them in the comments below.

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