Pregnancy can be overwhelming, exciting and exhausting all at the same time. Nine months may seem like a long time, but very quickly you’ll realize how fast time is really going and how your due date is quickly approaching. Use this guide to remind you of the essentials to focus on during each trimester of your pregnancy.
See the doctor for the first time during the first trimester around week 8. The doctor will advise you on what is safe and unsafe to eat during your pregnancy. They’ll also advise about prenatal vitamins and all the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy. Anti-nausea acupressure wristbands are also a good investment for morning sickness.
You’ll want to make sure you’re drinking more fluids than usual and exercising regularly. Ginger ale and smoothies are great options when you’re feeling averse to other foods. Stock up on decaf tea to relax during the coming trimesters. Soon you’ll constantly be hungry so stock up on easy snack foods too.
Take a shopping trip to get some maternity clothes. Start off with some supportive shorts and underwear and shift dresses. The key during this time is to remain comfortable. Maternity jeans are essential as are some supportive shoes and new bras. This is also a good time to start shopping for some nursery items and planning what room your new baby will be sleeping in.
Take the down time you have now before the baby arrives to read books on pregnancy, delivery and caring for an infant. Now is the time you should be planning how and where you’ll be having your baby. It’s never too soon to be considering all of the factors that will be involved in labor and delivery, the more you plan the more relaxed you’ll be when the time comes.
Start stocking up on gear for a newborn during the third trimester. Make sure you have a car seat, and a crib or bassinet. Make sure your nursery is getting finished up at least two months before your expected due date. Get a good supply of diapers and wipes as well as onesies, towels, burping clothes, socks and hats. Don’t forget a breast pump and a LOT of bottles for feeding.
Since you’ll likely always be starving, have a good supply of crackers, nuts and something sweet to munch on. With your belly stretched to the max right now, invest in a tub of coconut oil that you can rub on the skin to prevent peeling and dry skin. Try some prenatal yoga to loosen up your muscles and help you relax. You’ll probably have some crazy heartburn around the third trimester so grab some antacids for your purse.
Pregnancy can be a wild ride, but nine months will fly by once you’re in the swing of things. These tips and essentials will help you through the hardest parts and ensure you’re well prepared when the big day comes. You’ll frequently feel tired, and anxious so don’t forget to breathe and try to get some extra rest before the baby arrives.