Tips for Your First Trimester

By: Dr.Scott Pendergraft


Pregnancy is really exciting for a number of reasons. You get to get new maternity wardrobe and its fun to do all the planning. Most important thing however is to take care of your health. Fun and excitement are momentous but your health management is crucial throughout the pregnancy. Regular appointments with the doctor and prenatal care are inevitable.
Prenatal care is important because studies show that mothers who get such care are less likely to give birth to under weight babies and also risk of death in such babies is reduced by five percent as compared to those mothers who dont get prenatal care.
Regular Doctor Visits
It is normal to setup regular health checkups with your healthcare provider throughout the pregnancy. Among all these visits your first visit to the health care provider is most important. It is because during your first visit the complete physical examination of your body is carried out that helps in planning rest of your pregnancy. During your first visit full history of your previous pregnancies, physical examination, blood pressure and other health checkups are done. Also your health care provider can also suggest tests for any sexually transmitted infections. At the end of the checkup you will be provided with a due date typically 266 days from last period known as estimated delivery date.
Prenatal Tests
At the end of first trimester your healthcare service provider will conduct a series of prenatal tests to determine the health of the fetus. Most of the tests are normal but there are some tests like Amniocentesis that can find certain defects in fetus, if you are not willing to undergo these tests you can skip them. However conducting these tests can ensure whether fetus has any chromosomal or genetic disorder or not, this gives you time to emotionally prepare to take care of the baby if you do not wish to
First Trimester Issues
If its not your first time pregnancy then you are already aware of what all issues are faced during the first trimester. But if you are pregnant for the first time, exhaustion and nausea are going to be your most common symptoms.
As soon as you get pregnant your body starts building its fort to nourish and safeguard the fetus for the next nine months. Building placenta that nourishes baby is a very hard work and requires energy, this results in fatigue. To deal better with all the tiredness:
Nap a lot and rest in between working sessions when possible
Work at a slower pace
Putting feet up will also help
Put hold on house errands for a while
This will help deal better with energy shortage during the first trimester but dont worry during 2nd and 3rd trimesters you have enough energy to burn.
As far as nausea is concerned its morning sickness. You may feel nauseous all day but it is normal. Usually morning sickness lasts for the first trimester only. To better manage the morning sickness you can:
Eat smaller meals through the day, neither full nor hungry
Eat more of carbs
Avoid fatty and spicy foods or foods that smell
Eat bland foods that help control nausea like saltine crackers and ginger ale
Acupressure wristbands can help
First trimester is the toughest as your body starts with biological changes that you find weird. However you need not to worry as after that its all downhill.

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Dr. James S. Pendergraft opened the Orlando Women's Center in March 1996 to provide a full range of health care for women. www.womenscenter.com/

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