A pregnancy is typically composed of about 40 weeks and divided into three sub-periods or trimesters, each requiring specialised care. In this article, we turn the spotlight on the first trimester – comprising weeks 1 to 12 of pregnancy. The first trimester is often the most neglected, seeing as a woman may not even realise she is pregnant during this time. Once a pregnancy is confirmed, it is important to adopt a conscious, health-oriented regime. Highlighted below, are steps and measures recommended during this period.
Dos After a pregnancy confirmation, schedule a consultation with a doctor If not already on prenatal vitamins, start these at the earliest to assess the health of the fetus Seek the requisite prenatal tests If you suffer from morning sickness, find relief methods that work for you; try options like citrus-flavoured candy, ginger drops or a lavender soap Eat small, frequent meals every 2-3 hours to keep nausea and vomiting at bay (morning sickness tends to diminish after the first trimester) Maintain a disciplined routine to divert your mind from unpleasant urges or sensations Adjust your daily routine to account for the tiredness, morning sickness and other medical issues that may crop up during pregnancy Increase your fluid intake by experimenting with fruit-infused water; try lemon, cucumber or cumin-flavoured variants If you have a sore back, make sure to maintain a good posture while seated and avoid bumpy roads while travelling ; pick fruits and veggies in a range of colours – the more colours you have, the more natural multivitamins and antioxidants you’re getting Maintain a healthy diet Go for regular walks to control acidity, minimise leg cramps, aid digestion, improve stamina and keep your weight in check Opt for a nuchal translucency scan between weeks 12 and 13+6 to check for chromosomal abnormalities like Down’s syndrome Consult a doctor if you experience any abnormal discharge Don’ts Stay away from alcohol, smoking and drugs Avoid heavy lifting and frequent bending over Avoid any dental treatment
Pregnancy can be a harbinger of hope for a couple. It is therefore essential to take paramount care during this period.