It’s official! You did several home tests to be sure and then your doctor confirmed it: You’re pregnant!
Amazing things are going to happen during the 40-plus weeks of pregnancy, so hold on tight as you embark upon the exciting, profound and life-affirming journey to parenthood.
Here are a few tips, both practical and joyful, to help you make the most of your first trimester:
- Take selfies. Even if you still have a flat stomach, start taking weekly photos now to document your body’s changes. It’ll be a fun keepsake and makes a great first entry into the baby album.
- Visit your doctor. “It’s important to go into your first OB-GYN appointment with the right questions,” says Dr. William Sears, pediatrician, professor of pediatrics, and father of eight. “This can include anything from: ‘How much weight should I gain?’ to ‘What kind of screenings do I need?’ No question is a dumb question and you should walk out feeling like you have all of the answers you need from your first visit.” If possible, bring your partner.
- Hello, morning sickness. During the first trimester, many pregnant women begin to experience nausea, vomiting and aversions to certain foods and smells. To find relief, eat small, frequent meals throughout the day and munch on crackers.
- Call your insurance company. Let them know you’re pregnant and find out your coverage for prenatal care and delivery costs.
- Baby talk. You may be keeping the good news under wraps for a bit, but some parents may think it’s fun to brainstorm some creative ways to let the cat out of the diaper bag. Or start thinking about baby names.
- Be a couple. Go dancing. Dress up and go out to dinner. Take long walks. Enjoy your time together before life gets more hectic.
- Plan financially. Babies are priceless, but also expensive. If you haven’t already, now’s a good time to make a family budget. You’ll want to include all the current and future baby-related costs including childcare, clothing, accessories, schooling, housing, and even food. You may want to purchase life insurance, write a will, and establish a college-savings plan. Preparation now will help you save for the future.
You’re one-third of the way to welcoming your baby. Your first trimester is full of emotions, possibly anxiety and excitement but remember to take the time to enjoy and reflect during the special 13 weeks.