The mom-to-be guide for the first trimester – What you need to know
The worries of a mom-to-be are not trivial, we understand. Besides the stressful changes that pregnancy brings, there are so many things to keep in mind that it might be a lot for you. You might have exhausted every mom-to-be task list there is and might still find yourself worrying about whether there is something you can do more. It might seem all very overwhelming but the good news is that there are abundant resources to help you cope with the whole experience.
Here is a guide you can keep in mind for the first trimester:
- Have a healthy diet and exercise plan.
As a mom-to-be, you need to ensure you’re eating healthy because not only does it impact your wellbeing, it also impacts the baby in your womb. Be careful about what you are consuming because some foods might be off the table for you. If possible, consult a dietitian or nutritionist to get a structured meal plan suited for you. Light exercise is beneficial as it helps elevate your mood and gives you much-needed movement. This should continue even after your baby’s birth. You do not want to put your health on the back burner.
- Educate yourself.
You can never be too prepared for your baby. Read as much as you can about babies’ sleeping and eating habits to plan your way around these things. Talk to other mothers or moms-to-be to get a sense of what worked for them and what didn’t. Especially in the first trimester, you will need to constantly adjust your understanding of how babies function because every baby is so similar yet distinct. Arm yourself with the right resources to better equip yourself with stress later on. It is also important for you to know that some of your expectations of the baby or the birthing process won’t turn out that way and that is okay. It is a learning process, after all.
- Expect, and if possible embrace, the changes.
Your senses become sharper during your first trimester, especially your sense of smell. Suddenly, everything might seem like a little too much. You might discover that you no longer like something you thought you loved before your pregnancy. Your emotions may seem all over the place. You will experience unexplained food cravings and fatigue and have tender breasts along with the constant need to pee. It’s okay if you feel a little weirded out with all the physical and sensory changes – it’s only natural.
Also, know that it is not the same experience for every mom-to-be, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see a visible baby bump already or don’t experience terrible leg cramps and nausea as your friend did.
- Take all the help you can get.
If what you’re feeling gets too overwhelming, remember that you can always reach out to professionals and loved ones. If a friend or a relative is offering help, take it. Ask for help for doing chores around the house or getting supplies. Be open about what you are experiencing with your health care provider so they can help you better. You can ask as many questions as you want – no question is too silly for a mom-to-be. There are many resources online for pregnant women’s mental health, you can avail of such services too.
Being a mom-to-be means navigating feelings of excitement, worry, expectations, and so much more. But with the right information at hand, you can make smarter and more informed choices to have a safer and less stressful experience.