Just found out you’re expecting? Congrats!
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the different emotions you’re feeling, and completely understandable – you’re have a baby!
I’ve gone through three pregnancies, and each time, my emotions were all the place with the news. When the high toned down a little bit, I remember thinking, “Okay, what next?”
Depending on where you are in your pregnancy (first trimester), you have a whole seven to eight months before the arrival of your baby. It might seem like a long time to wait, but you’ll be surprised by how busy you’ll be over the next few months preparing for the big day.
Maybe you’re wondering what needs to be done, and when, and I’m glad you stumbled onto this post because I’m going to breakdown the checklists for each trimester. Separating the lists by trimester will help you plan and do without the pressure, and possibly forgetting any important tasks you need to complete.
Let me just say: pregnancy brain is a real thing!
With my first pregnancy, I was pretty clueless when it came to this list. I was the first one in my group of friends to have kids so there wasn’t really any advice to take (not counting all the unsolicited advice I did receive that wasn’t helpful). I winged my first pregnancy, not knowing that splitting different tasks between the trimesters would take away stress, help me focus on what needs to be done and actually enjoy my pregnancies.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be adding the following posts:
- second trimester checklist
- third trimester checklist
- how to save on maternity wear
- how to include your husband in your pregnancy
- how to rock your maternity shoot
- what to pack in your baby bag
- what to pack in your bag
- what to do after your baby is born
- what to do before your next baby is born
- what to do with older kids when you go into labor
- my postpartum essentials
- nappy bag packing essentials
These are just a few of the many exciting posts to follow on a weekly basis (every Thursday) to help you navigate and prepare during your pregnancy and for after the birth of your baby.
So let’s get to it. The first trimester checklist that will help put you at easy.
This is the checklist I used with my other two pregnancies, and things went a lot more smoother when I knew what to do when.
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Book a doctor’s appointment
It’s essential to book an appointment with your doctor so that both you and the baby can be examined and to make sure there are no complications, and everyone is healthy. It will also give you a chance to ask any questions you might have about symptoms, what you should and shouldn’t do, what is safe to eat during pregnancy. Make a list of all your questions and take them with on the day of your appointment, in case you forget. Your doctor will also advise you on a prenatal vitamin, which I’ll talk about more in detail in the next session. You could also discuss the different birthing options and ask question to help you make a decision on what you’d want.
Start taking prenatal vitamins
Another very important step, you need to take prenatal vitamins. As your baby grows in your stomach, he/she will need important vitamins to help with growth and development. You also need the vitamins to make sure you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.
Some of the benefits of taking prenatal vitamins are:
- Help prevent iron-deficiency anemia
- May reduce the risks of birth defects
- Reduces the risk of pre–term delivery, low birth weight, and infant mortality
You can read up on more benefits of prenatal vitamins here.
If you’ve looked at the many options of prenatal vitamins, it’s hard to make a choice. Remember to ask your doctor for recommendations.
I used Chela-Preg during my last pregnancy, and wished it had already been around when I was carrying my other two kids. I started on this prenatal vitamin before I had my appointment with my doctor, and he was more than happy for me to continue using it.
Chela-Preg is specifically designed for each trimester to insure that both you and your baby get the correct nutritional support.
Please read: Disclaimer
Notify your medical aid
Medical aids have a maternity benefit that you can register for, it depends on which one you’re using to know from how many weeks you can sign up for it. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive information on what benefits you quality for.
It’s also important to notify them so you’re aware of the costs of giving birth, what is covered and if you might have any additional payments. All these factors depend on the hospital you’ll be using, the doctor and so on, so make sure to gather as much information as possible early on to avoid any ‘surprises’
Cut out bad habits
This is an obvious one, but it’s time to cut out any bad habits you might have to protect yourself and your baby against any harm.
Download a pregnancy app
I loved using my pregnancy app! Not only was it fun to see what size fruit or vegetable my kids were during each week of pregnancy, but there were always interesting articles to read about the development during each week and other information regarding pregnancy.
I used the Baby Bump app, but there are so many options out there to choose from, and don’t stress, some of them are free to use. This article lists the best pregnancy apps for 2020 , giving you plenty of options to choose which one suits you best.
How will you document your pregnancy?
Documenting your pregnancy is important because it’s fun and one day will give you a chance to look back and see how your pregnancy progressed. No matter how many kids you decide to have, each pregnancy will be unique and it’s a nice reminder to see and compare them. I didn’t do it as much during my first two pregnancies but I made a note of it to take a picture at least every two weeks with my last pregnancy. Pinterest has many ideas on how you can document your pregnancies in a fun and easy way.
Decide when and how to announce your pregnancy
I know you might want to stand outside and announce the good news to the whole world, and it’s okay if you do. Some prefer to share the news immediately after seeing the two lines on a pregnancy test, others wait until they’ve had their appointment at the doctor.
You don’t even need to announce it during the first trimester. I had a miscarriage a year before I fell pregnant with Kid1, and when I found out I was expecting, we made the news public immediately. A few days later, I was sharing news about our loss. It was a difficult time for us and I was overwhelmed by the messages with questions as to what happened. That’s when we decided that with each pregnancy we would only tell the closest people in our lives, and once I was in my second trimester, we would make the big announcement.
It’s up to you when you want to share your news, of course, and how you want to share it: keeping it simple or going all out with it.
Invest in lotion
Start using a good lotion to keep your skin moisturised as soon as possible. Don’t just use it on your stomach, but all over your breasts, thighs, hips and bum too.
I used Happy Event Lotion with all my pregnancies and even afterwards to keep my skin elastic and moisturised.
Take a before picture
Taking a before picture is something I’m so happy I did because it was an amazing comparison to make between the very first picture; finding out I was pregnant and the very last picture I took at the end of my pregnancy.
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Good luck on this beautiful journey ahead, relax and enjoy this time, and remember to use this checklist to help you navigate the first 2+ months of pregnancy.
Remember to check back for more pregnancy posts coming!
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