Congratulations- you’re having a baby (or maybe even multiple)! This can be such an exciting time, knowing you’re bringing life into the world and that you’ll soon get to meet a mini part of yourself. It can also be super overwhelming- and we totally get that. We want to make this as relaxing as possible for you, so here are Nurse Suzie’ s recommendations for a smooth first trimester.
Essential nutrients (1):
Folate: for your baby’s developing nervous system
Iron: helps your blood transport oxygen around your body
B Vitamins: for easing nausea
Stay hydrated! Now that you are growing a human inside of you, extra water throughout the day is a necessity
Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. This helps relieve morning sickness
Avoid fish high in mercury
Avoid unpasteurized, soft cheeses
You can still enjoy one 8 oz. cup of coffee per day if that's your thing
Your First OB Appointments
First, you need to FIND an obstetrician or midwife in your area
Find out where you need to deliver if your insurance caps you to a certain hospital
Ask your OB about their birthing style- will they support your wishes?
Ask about your first ultrasound and any other important tests you may need during the first trimester
Possible tests may include (2):
First Trimester Screen: ultrasound evaluation and maternal blood test
What it looks for: increased fluid, abnormal levels of PAPP-A or hCG
Detects: Risk of fetus developing Down Syndrome Trisomy-21, Trisomy-18, other chromosomal abnormalities, and certain cardiac disorders
Does not detect: neural tube defects
This test's results may warrant additional testing.