First Trimester To-Do List

If you’ve recently learned you’re pregnant, you’re probably feeling excited. Nine months might seem like a long way off now, but your delivery date will be here before you know it. Instead of stressing out, consider creating a first-trimester to-do list. By writing everything down and setting goals, you can minimize anxiety and stay on top of everything that’s most important. 
  • Select an OB-GYN. Some gynecologists also practice obstetrics, so if you like your current doctor and they offer both services, you can mark this item off your list. However, depending on your insurance coverage and individual needs, you may end up having to do some research. Ask your friends, family, and co-workers if they have any recommendations. If not, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has an online search tool that can help you find an OB-GYN in your area. 
  • Schedule non-invasive prenatal testing. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a simple screening used to determine your risk of having a baby with Down syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome, or Patau syndrome. During NIPT, your OB-GYN draws a sample of your blood and sends it to a laboratory for further testing. NIPT also determines your baby’s gender and RH blood type, so if you want the gender reveal to be a surprise, make sure to let your doctor know.  
  • Familiarize yourself with your insurance policy. Every insurance plan is different. If you have questions about your policy, contact your provider. They can explain what your coverage provides and better help you anticipate costs. 
  • Start planning your Babymoon. Going on a Babymoon gives you and your partner one last opportunity to enjoy each other’s company without having to worry about regular feedings, diaper changes, and burpings. Some couples choose to spend their babymoon at home, but if you want to get away, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends traveling sometime between weeks 18-24. This way, you can avoid morning sickness and still enjoy activities without getting exhausted right away. If you’re traveling overseas, make sure to ask your OB-GYN about vaccinations as well. 
  • Develop an exercise plan. Staying physically fit during your pregnancy is an effective way to limit some of the more uncomfortable side-effects. However, you don’t want to overdo it. The American Pregnancy Association recommends exercising for 30 minutes on most days, or 20 minutes three to four days each week. If you were physically active before getting pregnant, it’s probably okay to continue your regular exercise routine. However, following an in-office exam, your OB-GYN can make recommendations that align with your level of fitness and your growing baby’s needs. 
  • Determine when to tell your friends and family. Announcing your pregnancy is a very personal decision. Some couples wait until the end of the first trimester, while others wait until after the first prenatal visit. There’s no “right” time; it’s whatever you and your partner are most comfortable with.

No two pregnancies are exactly alike. Planning for your pregnancy can be overwhelming. With this first-trimester to-do list you can begin to prioritize and stay organized. 

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