Hello Ladies! My name is Shivani Benerjee. I’m a certified childbirth educator from Cappa international and also a mother of two. During my pregnancies I heard a lot of confusing information from a lot of different sources. And this should not happen to you so we will talk today about the first trimester what you need to take care of. Let’s get started. Disclaimer: This guide shouldn’t be considered medical advice.
When I was pregnant, I was really confused about what is actually considered the first trimester Just FYI doctors will start counting from the day you miss your period. Basically first trimester is the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy. There are other symptoms which we will be talking about now Frequent urination: Increased blood flow makes your kidneys process extra fluid which is why your bladder is always full. Swollen Breasts: This is because of hormonal imbalance during the first trimester. Which is why we always feel that breasts are sore or swollen Nausea and Vomiting: This is commonly known as morning sickness but it can happen at anytime of the day. Again this is due to hormonal imbalance. Constipation: Constipation is another common early sign of pregnancy.
Once your pregnancy is confirmed your doctor will recommend getting a prenatal testing done. This usually involves a blood test and an ultrasound. My doctor suggested Lifecell to me as they are the leaders in their field. Tests are a major part of your first trimester pregnancy. Generally during the first trimester, you will be asked to take the following tests: Blood confirmatory test for pregnancy Blood pressure monitoring and complete blood count Prenatal screening test. This is a very important test that gives the doctor and you an insight about the proper development of the baby. The test screens the baby in the womb for chromosomal conditions such as Down syndrome and ensures that your baby is safe. And also, more importantly it helps us take an informed decision about the continuation of pregnancy. My doctor suggested LifeCell Diagnostics for my prenatal screening tests Diet Plan: Milk And Other Dairy Products: Foods like milk, yogurt, and paneer are rich sources of protein, calcium, and vitamin B12.
When I was pregnant, I used to drink 3 cups of low-fat milk everyday. Pulses, Dals, Cereals, And Nuts: Make sure you are eating plenty of them during your pregnancy as they are rich in protein. A rough guide is about 45 gm of nuts and a cup of pulses every day. Fruits And Vegetables: Fruits and vegetables will give you plenty of fiber, vitamins and minerals. You can have 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits everyday. Meat: If you eat meat, try and stick to low fat variants like chicken breast. You can also eat fish like as they are high in protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
However consult your doctor as certain fish increase risk of mercury poisoning. Liquids: Make sure you’re drinking about 2 and a half liters or around 12 glasses of water a day You can also drink fresh, unprocessed juices. Food To Avoid: Raw or Undercooked Food Raw fish is a big risk when you are pregnant. If eaten raw, fish and shellfish may contain bacteria and parasites. Undercooked eggs can be infected with Salmonella and lead to premature or stillbirth. Excess Caffeine: If you drink too much coffee you’re at risk of slowing fetal growth as well as low birth weight. The maximum limit is about 200 mgs or around 2 cups of coffee a day. Processed Fatty Foods: If you eat too much processed foods, it puts you at risk of gestational diabetes, excess weight gain, and other complications. Alcohol and Smoking Under no circumstances can you smoke or drink any alcohol while pregnant. It can cause miscarriages, fetal alcohol syndrome and stillbirth. Do’s: It’s never too early to start planning.
Whether it’s checking hospitals, doctors, and even finding out maternity leave policies at your office. You should consult your doctor about taking a prenatal vitamin. Start taking it as it can prevent spina bifida and other birth defects. Don'ts: Check with your doctor before you take any over the counter medication. Don’t try any sort of fasting or fad diet. A balanced, healthy diet is the only to ensure you and your baby are safe. Exercise: Before you start any exercise consult your doctor, in my opinion these are the best low intensity exercises you can choose whichever is best for you Kegel Exercises Walking/Jogging Swimming and Yoga There you have it a complete guide for every pregnant woman. I have personally followed all of these during my first trimester, so I can vouch for them. I hope you found this video useful. If you have any questions or doubts, go ahead and put it in the comments below. Thank you so much for watching.
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