First Trimester Checklist

    The first trimester of pregnancy is the time when many changes are occurring both in the body and in life. Women tend to move through the first trimester with gentle steps. This is the time when a miscarriage is most likely to occur, but that does not mean pregnant women cannot make some healthy lifestyle changes to prepare for baby. A first trimester checklist can be used to prepare for baby, establish a set of guidelines for choosing proper health care and as a list of reminders during one of the most tumultuous times in pregnancy.

             Choose an obstetrician or health care provider
             Interview potential doctors
             Contact health insurance company about coverage
             Start and pregnancy and birth budget
             Discuss financial effects of pregnancy and baby with partner
             Stop smoking
             Stop drinking
             Stop using street drugs
             Talk to your physician about any prescription medications
             Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day
             Visit the doctor at least once per month or every 4 weeks
             Do not dye or perm hair
             Stop drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages
             Exercise daily
             Start taking prenatal vitamins
             Eat foods rich in folic acid
             Eat iron rich foods
             Increase daily intake of whole grains, fruits and vegetables
             Nap as much as possible as fatigue is common
             Eat fish with low levels of mercury no more than 2 days per week
             Do not eat undercooked meats
             Do not eat unpasteurized dairy producs
             Do not eat cold cut deli meats
             Allow someone else to clean out the kitty litter, if applicable
             Limit exposure to chemicals
             Try to limit stress and tension
             Complete all prenatal tests – HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Anemia, Blood Typing, Sickle Cell Anemia, Urine Screening and Rubella. Chorionic Villus Sampling or CVS may also be suggested
             Report any bleeding or increase in temperature about 100 degrees F to the obstetrician
             Refrain from heavy lifting
             Take pictures of your growing belly

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