You’re Pregnant! What’s next?

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 Congratulations on your pregnancy! This is such an exciting time. Cherish every moment, the good, the bad, the ugly because it is such a unique and life changing experience.

The first trimester can be anxiety inducing and exciting at the same time. I’ve put together a list of things you should do right away so that you can have a comfortable and happy pregnancy.

Because I loved each of my pregnancies, I want every woman to experience that same feeling.

  • Choose the right care provider. If you have an idea of who you want your care provider to be, it is appropriate to go to your first appointment with them and ask them lots of questions. Get a feel for how they respond to you. Be aware of red flags. Do they treat you respectfully? How do they make you FEEL? How does your partner feel about them? These are all good things to ask yourself. If you find a care provider quickly, wonderful! If not, don’t fret, there is still plenty of time to find one.
  • Educate yourself! If you are interested in taking a childbirth education course, start researching them now. There are a lot of options out there and you want to find one that is the right fit for you! I never had the opportunity to take a Birth Boot Camp class but loved the curriculum and the thoughts behind it that I became an instructor in it! Check out my class page here.
  • Start taking a prenatal vitamin. This is super important in the early stages of pregnancy. Choose one that has folic acid in it and if you really want to make sure you're getting everything you need, choose one with DHA in it. DHA is an Omega-3 fatty acid that is critical for brain development. DHA can also be found in the meat of cold water fish such as salmon.
  • Journal your feelings. This is such a short period in your life. Only 40 weeks. Write down your hopes, worries, expectations, triumphs, and joys of your pregnancy. You will be glad that you did when you are busy chasing your toddler around and the days of pregnancy seem foggy and light years ago.
  • Get moving. Add a walk to your daily routine. Take a yoga class. Do some stretching at your house every morning. The more you move, the better your pregnancy will be. The good feelings from exercising may even help with all the first trimester woes of nausea and exhaustion.

I would love to hear from you on some of the first things you did when you found out you were pregnant. I hope this helps and comment with questions if you have any.