what-to-do-in-your-first-trimester_516_571511_0_14036215_300Now that you’re pregnant, it’s time for some new born preparation! There’s a lot to do, from finding health care, to designing the nursery, to shopping for chic maternity clothes. It can be overwhelming, so here’s a list of the essential tasks that will help keep you and your unborn child happy and healthy.

Start with health care: Providing your child with the best care means planning early. First, check with your health insurance provider to ensure that you’re covered for prenatal care and delivery costs. Once you get the details settled, you should figure out whether your current caregiver is the one you want to have as your primary medical resource throughout your pregnancy. This depends on whether he or she is certified for prenatal care. If not, you’ll want to find a caregiver who’s got plenty of experience with pregnant women and loves babies. Rather than search the Internet and read pages of reviews, talk to neighbors or friends who live in the same area for word-of-mouth recommendations.

Schedule an appointment: Once you’ve decided on a caregiver, get on his or her calendar as soon as possible. Chances are, he or she won’t schedule a prenatal appointment until you’re at least eight weeks pregnant, but spots fill up quickly, so schedule a visit early on. Make the appointment easier for both parties by preparing the necessary information, including the first day of your last period, your family medical history and a list of medications you’re currently taking. Your caregiver will have plenty of advice on morning sickness and other tips for first time mothers.

Stop smoking: Additionally, you should drop any unhealthy habits that will affect your baby’s health. If you’ve tried to stop smoking previously but haven’t been successful, here’s the perfect reason and motivation to quit smoking altogether. Smoking while pregnant can slow fetal growth and has the potential to cause many health problems for your baby. Don’t think about it as something you’re giving up – view it as a gift for your unborn child.

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