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Now begins the exciting time of being pregnant. You’ve had the first positive pregnancy test and you have before you about ten months of baby growth, hormonal changes, and many firsts. To prepare for this exciting time, here’s a first trimester pregnancy checklist.

*First prenatal appointment.

Now that you are pregnant, you will want to schedule the first prenatal visit with your favorite OB or midwife. They will perform a pelvic and draw blood and obtain a urine sample to confirm pregnancy and establish a due date. During the first couple of appointments, you will discover how your prenatal visits will go. You will likely be set up for ultrasounds and possibly other tests, depending on your age and state of health.

*Morning sickness.

Not all pregnant women experience morning sickness, but a significant majority do. Generally, morning sickness hits during the first trimester. It can be mild to severe and it can hit any time day or night. It may only hit during the morning hours. If you suffer from it, ask your physician how to deal with it. Possible treatments may be eating saltine crackers, taking vitamin B6, eating special lollipops or candy drops made just for morning sickness (contains vitamin B6).

*Maternity clothing.

While it may seem like a fun idea to run out and purchase maternity clothing, the truth is you may not even need it until the second trimester. That said, some women will begin to show right away and will want to either wear clothing in a size larger or go ahead and wear maternity clothing. Some women don’t want anything tight or binding on their belly so it just makes sense to go ahead and wear the looser clothes.

*Healthy diet.

If you haven’t already, now is the time to start eating a healthy diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats. Go light on the sugary junk foods. You will want to avoid fish and soft cheeses as these may carry bacteria (cheeses) and mercury (fish). Eating a well-balanced diet is the smartest thing to do at this point. Don’t skip meals, you are making a baby, but you’re not quite eating for two yet.

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by Patricia Hughes
pregnancy-stagesThe nine months of pregnancy are a miraculous event. During this relatively short time, your baby goes from a fertilized egg to a fully formed newborn. The changes that take place over these nine months are astounding. By the end of the first month, the tiny heart has formed and is beating. The major organs and systems of the body have developed by the end of the first trimester. More on Stages Of Pregnancy – An Amazing Journey

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by Patricia Hughes

the stages of pregnancy

Your baby is just about ready to be born. The lungs finish developing this month. When they are developed, they release a substance called surfactant. This helps the baby breathe at birth. Recent research suggests this substance may have another purpose. It is believed it may signal the mother’s body to begin the labor process.

The baby is settling down into a fetal position. As the baby moves lower in the pelvis, breathing may become easier. This is called lightening. The baby rolls and moves, but kicks are lighter. You may notice more regular pattern of sleeping and waking. Some mothers say their newborns continue these patterns after birth.More on Ninth Month of Pregnancy

tired pregnant woman sleeping on a chairThe decision to have a baby is often filled with a variety of different emotions. Although bringing a new baby into this world is a joyous occasion, pregnancy can often bring on a variety of different symptoms. One of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy is fatigue.

During the early stages of pregnancy, your body is trying to work double time in order to keep up with all of the changes that are occurring. Some of the changes that are occurring include an increase production of hormones, as well as an increased blood flow. Along with the increased blood flow, the heart is pumping faster and harder to accommodate the additional blood flow. The increased blood is necessary in order for the growing fetus to get the nutrients it needs.

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Miracle of Pregnancy - Pregnant Woman RelaxingAs a mom to four beautiful children, I have learned that pampering yourself isn't selfish, it's essential. Whether this is baby number one or ten, moms fare best when they take care of themselves first – starting with pregnancy. Find the time to relax and recharge, because once your little one is on the outside, finding time to relax will become more of a challenge than ever.

You probably already know that getting enough sleep is important, but with a new baby developing it is even more true. In order to help you sleep better at night, there are a few easy and enjoyable things you can do. Try soaking in a warm tub – not too hot, to get your body to unwind. Add lavender essential oils to enhance the experience. More on Pampering Yourself and Surviving Pregnancy

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back pain is very common during pregnancyYou have probably heard about morning sickness—and may think that it is the only side effect of pregnancy. Oh if only that was the only discomfort you experience during pregnancy. In fact, each stage of pregnancy has its associated aches and pains.

For the first trimester of pregnancy, you will experience huge hormonal changes that are largely responsible for morning sickness. Many newly pregnant women report sensitivity to certain smells that are off-putting, such as coffee. They also feel nauseated due to these hormonal swings. Though “morning sickness” is the common term, women can feel nausea at any time throughout the day. Morning sickness is called such because this nausea is more common when you have an empty stomach. To combat this nausea, many women eat several saltine crackers immediately after awakening. It is also important for pregnant women to eat small meals throughout the day, even though their appetites may increase. For most women, nausea vanishes by the fourth month of pregnancy.

Though nausea is one type of abdominal pain, the other type is more of a shooting pain caused by the abdominal tissue stretching. These pains may occur in both your stomach and your upper thighs, since the uterus is pushing on those areas. To combat these pains, you can bend forward to ease the tension. You can also apply a heating pad to the affected area, though if the pain is agonizing you should contact your doctor.

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