Finding out you’re pregnant is one of the greatest joys you can have in life. Once you find out and enter the first trimester, you should prepare for the peaks and valleys that come during this period. Your body will change, and you’ll need to go to your doctor regularly, especially for pregnancy tips on how to handle these changes. The first trimester is all about getting used to the transformation you will encounter over the next several months. Here are some vital pregnancy tips to help you get through the first trimester, both physically and emotionally.
Your First Checkups
When you suspect you’re pregnant, you will have your first visit to the doctor. After that, you will see them several times throughout the first trimester.
For a normal pregnancy, you will visit with your doctor every month for the first six months. After that, you will see him or her every other week for the rest of the pregnancy. During your initial checkup within your first trimester, your doctor will examine your full medical history while checking to see if you’ve had previous pregnancies. You’ll get a full physical exam, your blood pressure and weight will be assessed, and you’ll also receive a Pap test. You should also be tested for any sexually transmitted diseases. Once all of those tests are conducted, you will be given a due date for the baby, making it clearer how many weeks remain in your first trimester and when delivery is expected. From there, you will receive pregnancy tips from your doctor regarding how you manage each trimester going forward.
When your first trimester is near its end, your doctor will talk to you about having several prenatal tests done to determine how healthy the fetus is. If the tests find that there is an issue with the fetus, the possibility of birth trauma or a birth injury down the line is possible. A birth injury occurs when there is an abnormal fetal position at birth (the baby’s buttocks would come out first or the face is up) or prolonged labor, leading the doctor to use forceps or a vacuum to try to force the baby out.
Though your doctor usually won’t see you until you’re about eight weeks into your pregnancy, it’s wise to make your first prenatal appointment as soon as you can. The earlier you seek prenatal care, the better your first trimester will feel and the healthier your growing baby will be. Make sure you attend all of your appointments and follow the doctor’s pregnancy tips. You can track your baby’s growth with more certainty and understand what’s expected of you so you can limit avoidable birth injuries and have a drama-free delivery.
When To Start Telling People
As you move through your first trimester, you may feel as if you can’t contain your excitement, and you may be wondering who you should announce this life-changing news to first. If your first instinct is to post it all over social media or email your contacts with the big news, stop and take a deep breath.
The first trimester is a peak time for miscarriages to take place. Give your baby a chance to get settled, and give your body a chance to get used to all the changes that occur during your first trimester before spreading the news. Any sensible person who is offering you pregnancy tips should stress patience and timeliness when you’re deciding when and who to tell. Discuss your options with your partner and your family regarding how you will manage the baby after delivery—for example, deciding whether you’re going to work from home or not—and then decide how you’ll tell your employer. If you’re working for a company that employs at least 50 people for at least 20 weeks of a year, you are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act. It entitles you to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period when caring for a newborn.
Essentially, the ideal thing is to wait until your first trimester ends to make your pregnancy known to extended family, friends, and co-workers. On the contrary, if you’re having pregnancy complications, morning sickness, or concerns about a potential birth injury down the line, you may want to mention it earlier than you expected or planned.
Taking Maternity Leave
Your leave can start as early as 12 weeks before your due date. In truth, when you take your leave depends on how long you can manage the symptoms and physical challenges that come with your pregnancy. As mentioned, if you are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act, you are entitled to three months of leave when you’re ready to take it.
Talk with your manager or employer once your first trimester is complete. If you decide to work up until your due date or take time off during your last month of pregnancy, your leave will start then. If you go into labor earlier than expected, your leave will commence then as well.
Your decision to start maternity leave should be based on your first trimester. Judge how well you’re managing the pain and sickness while also measuring the commute to work each day. From there, you will have a good idea about how much you can handle on the job, helping you decide when you will need to take time off.
Preventing Birth Injury in the First Trimester
The Safe Birth Project has you covered regarding birth injury concerns. You can read the Safe Birth Project’s birth injury guide, which gives you vital information about all the birth injury types and how a birth injury can occur.
Avoid smoking during your first trimester, and any other time during pregnancy, as this can lead to low birth weight, triggering a birth injury, among other complications.
Also, in your first trimester, introducing yourself to a diet containing folic acid will help fetal development and prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida. Refrain from alcohol and drug use throughout your first trimester as they can cause issues with the baby’s development. Attend all prenatal visits throughout your first trimester to make sure the fetus is progressing.
Visit the Safe Birth Project for all your first-trimester pregnancy tips and birth injury legal case help, or contact us.