Finding out about your pregnancy makes you feel happy and anxious at the same time. Being pregnant is a wonderful life-changing experience. It requires you to exercise utmost care and caution. The first trimester, or the first 3 months of your pregnancy, is a critical phase that marks the beginning of your journey into motherhood. Many developments occur during this phase. The fertilized egg divides into layers of cells and implants itself in the inner lining of your womb. It continues to divide and becomes a lump of cells called an embryo. During the first trimester, the embryo grows at an explosive rate. By the end of 12 weeks, it resembles a tiny baby and is now called a fetus. Here are a few precautions you should take to preserve this delicate life form inside your womb.
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1. Don’t Take Unnecessary Medications
The baby growing in your womb is encased in a semi-permeable organ called the placenta. Its function is to keep your baby separate from the rest of your body. It nourishes your little one by allowing nutrients and oxygen to pass through. It also allows the drugs you ingest to pass through, which can harm the development of your baby. Avoid any kind of drugs, even cold medicines, unless you get a green signal from your doctor.
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2. Reduce The Intensity Of Your Workouts
Exercise is an excellent way to stay healthy during your pregnancy. It helps improve your posture, reduces back pain, and increases the blood flow to your baby. Since you mostly feel exhausted during the first phase of pregnancy, it is advisable to tone down the intensity of your exercise. Go for walks or join prenatal exercise groups. Do not try workouts that strain your body immensely. Talk to your doctor if you want to increase the intensity of your workouts.
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3. Watch Your Diet
It is crucial to eat well when pregnant. Your baby gets its nutrition from what you eat. During the first trimester, morning sickness makes it difficult to eat and enjoy your meals. Just eat something light and nutritious when it happens. Stock up on nutritious fruits and vegetables, and remove junk food and shellfish from your diet. You should not drink alcohol, or go on diets as the main aim should be to gain weight and not to lose it.
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4. Don’t Smoke
Quitting smoking might be the most difficult thing you will have to do when pregnant, but for the sake of your baby’s health, it is a must. The chemicals you inhale while smoking increase the chances of miscarriage and stillbirth. They can also lead to birth defects and complications. If you find it difficult to quit, talk to your friends, or get in touch with others who are trying to do the same.
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5. Avoid Caffeine
Excessive consumption of caffeine increases the risk of birth defects. It also increases the chances of miscarriage. You can replace coffee and teas with fruit and vegetable juices, which are packed with nutrition.
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6. Reduce Stress
The thought of giving birth to a human being is quite stressful. Stress is harmful for you and your baby. It increases the chances of miscarriage and leads to a more painful birth. Clear your mind of all the things that are bothering you, and practice breathing and relaxation techniques to limit your stress.
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7. Choose The Right Doctor
You should be able to bond with your doctor over the course of your pregnancy. You should trust them completely and should be able to share your experiences without hesitation. It is crucial to be on the same page with your doctor. If you have any doubts or feel that certain medicines are not working for you, let your doctor know. You can ask your friends and family for referrals.
Take care of yourself and monitor the health of your baby at every stage of your pregnancy. There is no greater joy than holding a healthy baby in your arms. Your baby’s health is worth much more than the sacrifices you make during the 9 months of your pregnancy.