Take These Steps when You Are Newly Pregnant

The first twelve weeks of your pregnancy are known as the first trimester. During this time, the fetus begins to develop a brain, spinal cord, and organs. Before the end of your first trimester, your baby will have a heartbeat, fingers, toes, and sex organs. The first trimester is vital for your baby’s development, so it’s important you take care of yourself and stay on top of your prenatal care.

At Physicians for Women in Madison, Wisconsin, our team of women’s health specialists, including board-certified obstetricians and certified nurse midwives, help navigate each trimester of your pregnancy and manage your prenatal care

What to do during your first trimester 

Many women commonly experience symptoms such as: 

Eating smaller, frequent meals and ensuring proper hydration often help ameliorate GI symptoms common in pregnancy and combat fatigue, which can be challenging if napping during the day isn’t an option.

Make sure to take your prenatal vitamins, and follow your obstetrician’s instructions on maintaining a healthy diet. Often your diet must be modified in the first trimester, secondary to food aversions or nausea. Sometimes a brief discontinuance of your prenatal vitamin helps calm your stomach and allows you to eat more normally. Stopping your prenatal vitamin for a week or so does not cause harm to your growing baby. The vitamin is really targeted to help replace your vitamin stores that are naturally utilized by your baby.

If you liked to exercise before becoming pregnant, there is no reason to stop unless complications, such as bleeding, arise. We counsel our patients to use the “talk test” and therein remain aerobic while exercising and pregnant. If you can talk or sing a song while exercising, you are doing so while remaining aerobic. When your speech is halting, secondary to effort, you are approaching anaerobic levels and we encourage you to reduce your efforts.

We also recommend that you begin doing Kegel exercises throughout your pregnancy and postpartum. These will strengthen your pelvic floor, and may help you in labor and in particular, help restore normal bladder function postpartum.

What to avoid 

It’s common knowledge that you should avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs during pregnancy, but they aren’t the only things you should avoid or modify your intake. 

What to expect from prenatal care 

If you’ve never had a baby before, you might not know what prenatal care includes. You can expect a number of standard tests, including: 

You can also expect some specific lab tests or procedures throughout your pregnancy, such as: 

Regular prenatal care is a crucial part of monitoring your pregnancy and making sure you and your baby remain healthy. Whether you’re a first-time mother or you’ve been through this process before, it’s important to find an OB/GYN that understands your needs and knows how to address your concerns. 

Is your new pregnancy making you second guess your current OB/GYN? Do you want a more experienced doctor on your side? Get in touch with the team at Physicians for Women by calling 608-218-4835, or book an appointment online

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