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Your Early Pregnancy Check List

Pregnant for the first time? Then your mind is probably flooded with a host of questions, worries and uncertainties: What will happen to my body? What can I eat? Do we need help? Take a deep breath, and don’t let these questions take the joy away from your miracle. Here’s a checklist of the top things to start doing to get you on track for a wonderful ride!

1. Book in with Your Doctor

When choosing your ob/gyn, look into their qualifications, values and word-of-mouth recommendations as well as the hospital’s location and fees. At your first prenatal appointment, your doctor will want to check your overall health, calculate your due date, and start you on supplements if necessary.

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2. Get Healthy

Start kicking the bad habits and get into the mode of resting well, eating right, exercising and lowering your stress levels. It’s all about priming your body and mind to lay the foundations for a happier pregnancy, a smoother labour and a stronger baby!

3. Find Your Support System

Do you want your parents to help out with the baby? Will you need a confinement nanny? How soon do you want to go back to work? Start thinking these matters through, discuss with your partner, and then approach your loved ones and network for help. Also consider talking to other expectant or new mothers to trade stories and learnings.

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4. Deal with Your Body

There are going to be plenty of physical and physiological transformations, and some of them unwelcome. Morning sickness, unexpected discomforts and body changes are all part and parcel of this journey so be prepared and pay attention to symptoms. While you’re at it, why not chart your amazing transformation by snapping fun pictures of your belly throughout?

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5. Take Precautions

Pregnancy isn’t about living in a bubble, but there are certain things you’ll have to avoid. These include raw foods, alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, various toxins as well as some types of activities. Borrow some baby books or ask your doctor for advice if you are uncertain.

6. Brainstorm Baby Names

Choosing a name is one of the most exciting and fun parts of this journey! And don’t worry if it gets confusing. Sometimes the decision is best made when you are staring into the eyes of your perfect little angel and not before that.

Disclaimer: All content on this Website is provided solely for informational purposes and is not intended as a substitute for medical and/or other professional advice for your specific condition. Please do not disregard medical and/or other professional advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this Website. Always seek medical advice before starting any new treatments.

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