5 Things To Do When You Find Out You're PregnantMonday, January 23, 2017
#1: Choose a Pregnancy Care Provider
#2: Wait until your Second Trimester to Announce the Pregnancy
It's recommended to wait until your second trimester to announce the pregnancy in the event of a loss. You'll want to keep the news private or retain it with your most trusted/closest circle of friends until the risk of miscarriage drops dramatically, which happens at the end of the first trimester, around 10 to 12 weeks. It's hard to lie, been there done that, but it's better to keep it that way until it's time.
#3: Educate yourself, Download Pregnancy Apps
There are also a plethora of information you can get at your fingertips at Pinterest.
Apps to Download: BabyCenter App & WhatToExpect Pregnancy & Baby App
I personally like these apps because as a first time mommy-to-be, I'm able to track my baby's development week by week.
#4: Research Nutrition & ExerciseI've found that pregnancy is the time when most women realize the value of eating right and getting proper nutrition. Many of us started to ditch those canned, junk and whatever unhealthy foods we've picked from the grocery store. What you eat directly affects your baby's growth and development and the way you feel. The recommended total weight gain for woman with a normal weight is around 25-35 lbs. Your body needs only about 300 calories more each day.
Foods to Avoid:
- Soft cheeses
- Unpasteurized milk or cheese
- Raw e.g. sushi, sashimi. Food must be cooked well.
- Fish with high levels of mercury. Usually big fishes like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish
- Alcoholic beverages & foods with alcoholic content
- Deli meat
- Limit fish to 2 servings per week: shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock
Exercise is beneficial to both you and your baby. There are many health benefits listed regarding the subject. Personally, I've decided to wait until my second trimester or 14 weeks above before doing it. Listen to your body, every pregnancy is different. Never exercise to the point of exhaustion. Drink lots of water. You should be able to talk normally while exercising else you're overdoing it.
#5: Prepare your FinancesLet's face it, financial planning goes with the arrival of your baby. Make sure you're prepared. The last thing you would want to worry about is where to get the money to pay the bills.
- Research and ask friends, who've gone before you, what you actually need before spending money on baby stuff.
- Don't overdo on maternity clothes, try to wear your regular clothes as much as possible.
- Try to reduce your expenses and start saving now.
And lastly, enjoy the moment! Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman's life. I'm glad I don't have to go through morning sickness, nausea, cravings and whatever symptoms that can be named that goes with pregnancy. I love my pregnancy and I'm looking forward to meet our little Caranzo soon.