First trimester of Pregnancy
The first trimester is the beginning of pregnancy and is the most important period as well. The delivery date is usually 280 days after the first day of last period. This is, however, not accurate for a woman with a 28-day cycle. There are three trimesters in pregnancy. The first trimester is the period starting from 1st to 12th week. During this period the pregnant woman should be extra cautious and give extra care to both herself and the baby. This article has a list of do’s and don’ts for new “going to be” moms.
Do’s for Pregnant Women (First Trimester)
- Consult your doctor in case of severe nausea and vomiting.
- Have frequent small meals six to seven times in a day.
- Eat a dry biscuit or a Rusk and sip lime water before bed-time.
- Take rest, as due to hormonal changes you will feel lethargic and exhausted.
- Have 8 to 10 hours of sleep during night and at least 3 to 4 hours sleep during the daytime.
- Restrict your fluid intake in the evening, otherwise frequent urination during the night will disturb your sleep.
- If there is pain or burning sensation while passing urine, consult your doctor. It may possibly be due to infection.
- Eat hygienically cooked food. Relax for some time after taking meal.
- Sex can be continued except when there is pain in the abdomen or a miscarriage risk.
- Light exercise is very important. Every evening go for a 20-30minutes walk with your husband.
- Take your usual daily bath. A shower or a sponge bath is equally important.
Don’ts for Pregnant Women (First Trimester)
- Do not wear tight clothes.
- Avoid inhaling strong smells.
- Do not undertake over exertion.
- Avoid excess of tea, coffee and smoking. Tobacco smoke contains poisons.
- Do not stand for long period of time.
- Do not get up suddenly from a sitting position.
- Do not undertake long journeys.
- In case of fear of abortion, have bed rest.
- Avoid X-rays during this trimester, which are very harmful.
- Avoid contact with animals, especially cats and birds. There may be risk of an abortion or a pre-term delivery or birth of a sick baby.
- Medicines should be taken strictly on the prescription of your doctor during this trimester as the baby takes shape in this period.
- Consult your doctor immediately in case of bleeding or discharge through vagina, abdominal pain, painful burning urination, persistent vomiting, fever, rashes on the body and feeling of dizziness.
- Avoid drinking liquor. Alcohol causes added strain on your kidneys and liver. Even beer contains enough alcohol to leave harmful effects on both mother and the baby in womb.
- Do not use any vaginal douche without the recommendation of your doctor.
- Avoid tight band around waist. Wear low-heel shoes.
- Dental decay is common during pregnancy; see your diet doesn’t lack calcium.
- In case any time you feel sexual intercourse is uncomfortable, it should be cleared up without delay.