1. Calculate Your Due Date:
Discovering your due date is a thrilling step on your pregnancy journey. You'll receive a more precise due date during your first midwife appointment or your dating scan around the 12-week mark but until then, you can use the Due Date Calculator tool for an approximate due date.
2. Connect with Your Healthcare Provider:
It's crucial to establish contact with your local midwife or general practitioner (GP) as soon as possible. Depending on where you live, you may have the option to self-refer directly to your local maternity unit for antenatal care. Check your local hospital's website for specific information.
Also, don't forget to inform your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking. They can ensure that you are on the safest medication regimen for both you and your baby. Never discontinue any medications without consulting your GP or specialist.
Your booking appointment with a midwife should occur before you reach the 10-week mark, so keep an eye out for this important milestone.
3. Prioritize Your Health:
Taking care of yourself and your baby's well-being is paramount during pregnancy. Simple lifestyle adjustments can significantly impact your health. For instance, reducing caffeine intake is advisable.
Another valuable measure is assessing your BMI (Body Mass Index), which considers your height and weight to determine if you fall within a healthy weight range before pregnancy. If your BMI is higher than recommended, there may be additional steps you can take to support your well-being during pregnancy.
4. Create a Comprehensive Pregnancy Plan:
Planning for a healthy pregnancy involves several considerations:
Vitamins: While you may not require pregnancy multivitamins, taking vitamin D and folic acid supplements is essential during pregnancy, especially if you have specific conditions like diabetes. You can read more about prenatal vitamins and their importance here.
Nutrition: Maintaining a balanced diet during pregnancy is vital. It's essential to consume a variety of foods from different food groups while avoiding specific foods that may pose risks to your baby.
Physical Activity: Engaging in regular exercise during pregnancy offers numerous benefits for both you and your baby. Pregnancy pilates and yoga can be a great way to help you on your way. You can read all about the benefits of Pregnancy Pilates here.
Alcohol and Smoking: Eliminating alcohol and quitting smoking are crucial steps for your and your baby's health. There is no known "safe" amount of alcohol during pregnancy, so it's best to abstain entirely. There is plenty of support available to assist you in quitting smoking.
Medications: Consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medications during pregnancy to ensure they are safe for you and your baby.
5. Be Mindful of Pregnancy Symptoms and How to Manage Them:
Pregnancy can indeed present its challenges, and familiarizing yourself with common symptoms is essential:
- Tiredness, Sore Breasts, and Morning Sickness: These are typical symptoms in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Learning how to manage them can make your experience more comfortable.
Furthermore, it's essential to recognize symptoms that may indicate more serious issues. Our symptom checker is a valuable resource to help you distinguish between normal pregnancy symptoms and potential concerns, ensuring you know when to seek assistance.
6. Spill the Beans:
When to share the big news? Some mums-to-be wait until after the first trimester when the risk drops, while others spill the baby beans right away. Think about how you want to share the news – in person, over the phone, in writing, or maybe even with a cute Scratch to Reveal card for all of your family and friends.
7. Nursery Planning + Labor packing:
Decide on a theme or colour scheme for the nursery. This will help guide your choices for nursery decor, furniture, and accessories, creating a cohesive and visually appealing space for your baby. Start to think about what kinds of furniture and bedding you'll have and if you'd like a Nursery Mobile.
Packing your hospital bag for labor can be a little daunting when you have no idea where to begin. Peace of mind goes a long way when you’re having a baby and entering this new chapter of your life as a parent. Having things in order can truly help to calm any jitters that you might be experiencing. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you on your way.
Embrace these steps as the foundation for a healthy and joyful pregnancy journey. Remember, you're not alone on this path, and many resources are available to support you every step of the way!