So, you peed on the stick, anxiously waited the lengthy 5 minutes and got a POSITIVE pregnancy test! YAY! CONGRATULATIONS!
Then, you had a rush of emotions flood over you and if you are anything like me you probably got the shakes and felt like you may throw up, in a good way of course (if there is even a good way to throwing up.) Seriously though, this is such an incredible and exciting moment in your life, you’re making a tiny human!
I have been pregnant 4 times; my oldest (8), my second oldest (5), miscarriage (you can find my personal story HERE), and then my twins (18 Months.) Now, I am no expert on pregnancy and I’m certainly not a doctor, but I have been through a lot of different things with these pregnancies and I’ve done a lot of research. The first thing I am going to say is EVERY pregnancy is DIFFERENT! I don’t know if you’re pregnant for the first time or the 6th time, but really ALL pregnancies are sooo different.
Truth be told over time you forget a lot of things about pregnancy so it’s like experiencing it for the first time with each one anyway. The first trimester of pregnancy is HARD! Now, of course it’s different for everyone and I can only give advice and my knowledge from my own personal experiences, but I really hope I can help someone out there.
THINGS YOU NEED TO DO IMMEDIATELY ONCE FINDING OUT YOU’RE PREGNANT
- Start taking a Prenatal Vitamin that has 600-800mcg’s of folic acid in it. Also, make sure you are taking a DHA vitamin. DHA is very important to take for the baby’s brain and eye development. Most Prenatal Vitamins have DHA already in the pill, but if it doesn’t make sure you are supplementing with a DHA supplement that has a minimum of 300mg in its daily dosage. Make sure you’re taking them correctly too, not all Prenatal Vitamins are the same, some you only have to take one tablet a day, some may be 2 or 3 tablets, so make sure you read the labels carefully.
- If you’re on any medications consult your doctor immediately to make sure they are safe to take while pregnant.
- If you don’t already have health insurance, search for health insurance and get enrolled.
- You need to start looking for an OBGYN; if you already have one, great, if not start asking around for referrals. Call and schedule an appointment. Most OB’s won’t schedule you until you’re between 8-11 weeks pregnant so don’t be surprised if this happens.
- If you smoke or drink alcohol you need to quit immediately. Cut down on your caffeine intake as well, you should only take in no more than 11 ounces of caffeine a day.
- Start avoiding food that can be harmful to your baby like under-cooked meat, unpasteurized soft cheeses (for example Feta, Blue Cheese), anything containing raw eggs, sushi made with raw fish, raw oysters and other shellfish, fish that’s high in mercury like canned tuna fish. When I was pregnant with my first child I was aloud to eat one small can of tuna fish a week, but then with my other pregnancies I was told to not eat it at all, which was so hard for me because I always crave tuna when I’m pregnant. Stay away from raw sprouts, hot dogs, lunch/deli meats, canned chicken, smoked meats, and meat spreads. All these foods contain bacteria, parasites, and toxins that are harmful to your baby.
I’m sure your head is spinning; this list is a little daunting, just take one step at a time, you can do this! That was just a list of things you need to start doing now, that doesn’t even come close to the things you are going to start experiencing or are already experiencing.
CHANGES YOUR BODY MAY EXPERIENCE
- Fatigue- I mean no matter how much sleep you get you’re always tired.
- Breast tenderness and enlargement
- Appetite changes- it can range from not being able to eat enough to hardly eating anything at all
- Weight gain or loss depending on your appetite and morning sickness
- Morning sickness – with all my pregnancies I was sick the entire time in my first trimester, which resorted to me not eating much of anything.
- Possible spotting- now this is scary. I remember with my second pregnancy I went to the bathroom one time to find quite a bit of blood. I was so scared thinking I was miscarrying; I hadn’t even gone to my first appointment yet. I called my doctor’s office and they told to me I should come in and rescheduled my appointment for the next day, they said to watch for cramping, heavy bleeding, and blood clots. I ended up spotting my whole first trimester and they had no idea why. They said sometimes that’s normal in some pregnancies. Upside, I got to get an appointment sooner and an ultrasound my first appointment, which they don’t normally do.
- Increase in vaginal discharge and possible color and odor change
- Possible yeast infections and UTI’s
- Frequent Peeing
- Heartburn- if you have heartburn try and control it with something, tums, Zantac (ask your physician first before taking), or possibly a prescription your doctor can prescribe that may help. If your morning sickness is bad and you have heartburn then you will be even more miserable and it actually makes the morning sickness worse.
- Nasty breath and nasty taste in mouth
Sounds like so much fun, right? Some people experience a few of these things, some experience none, and some experience all of them. Me, I experience all of them! YAY for me! As hard as these things are to endure it’s seriously worth it! Think of it this way, you’re already half way through your first trimester the moment you found out you’re pregnant, Wahoo!