Top Tips for Each Trimester of Pregnancy

Pregnancy can last up to 40 weeks, during this time your body will go through great changes to grow your little one and this constant development can cause some concerns. At My Baby & Me Ltd, we understand that pregnancy can be scary as well as beautiful, that is why we have culminated a few top tips for each trimester so you can feel more at ease.


 
First Trimester
 
The First Trimester is the time between conception and about week 12 of a pregnancy. There are many new concerns that pregnant women start worrying about, mainly concerning their own body and the health of their baby.
 

  1. Get a check-up at the doctor, either while you’re trying to conceive or once you have become pregnant, so that your doctor is aware of your position and can help adapt your care to your new needs. It is never too soon to go see your GP and it’s important you do so at some point during the first trimester so that you understand yourself better and receive the best guidance.
  2. Start taking prenatal vitamins. You can start taking some vitamins even before you become pregnant, ideally women take folic acid for about a year before the pregnancy. Again, it is important to book that doctors appointment so they can guide you and which vitamins to take.
  3. If you are starting to get morning sickness, it’s important to stay hydrated and well rested. Pressure-point wristbands, as well as some vitamins like ginger, can help relieve some nausea. If you are having trouble keeping any food down at all then you should seek advice from your GP. Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy and can last throughout your pregnancy, however some mothers never experience it: Each pregnancy presents differently, so if you have questions, talk to your GP or pharmacist.
  4. Your eating habits may change throughout your pregnancy, but a common concern is whether the amount you’re eating is enough for your growing baby. There is a saying that you need to ‘eat for two’ however, you only need to eat about 300 extra calories on top of a healthy balanced diet to develop your baby. If you’re struggling to eat at mealtimes, try eating several small plates over the whole day. By doing this it can also relieve heartburn, indigestion, and nausea.
 
 

Second Trimester
 
The second trimester starts around week 14 to about week 27 and it is said this is the most comfortable of all the trimesters. You might find that some of your early symptoms of pregnancy will ease up, although everyone is different so don’t worry if you are still experiencing some discomfort.
 
  1. During this trimester is when your bump will start to grow and become more noticeable, so this will be the time where you buy maternity clothes or clothing in a larger size so that you will increase your comfort. Loose clothing like dresses, jumpsuits and dungarees are the way to go!
  2. Energy boosters are great throughout your pregnancy, however during this period where you will start to get some of your energy back, it’s important to boost yourselves. Vegetables, water and red meat, or a meat replacement such a tofu, are perfect because they slowly release energy throughout the day.
  3. Self-care is always important whether your pregnant or not, but during your second period is when you may start to feel pelvic and lower back pain and so being able to understand your limits and knowing when to rest, is imperative.
  4. Exercising is also a great way to boost energy and doing exercises like yoga can even relieve aches and pains. Again, it’s important to know your limits and not over-work yourself while you’re pregnant, but staying active helps, not only your physical health, but mental health too!
  5. Childbirth classes are a great way to prepare yourself for labour and understand different ways to parent your little one. Talking to your GP about any concerns you may have is preferred, but speaking to family members and friends that are also parents can help you feel more comfortable and confident about becoming one yourself.

 


Third Trimester
 
The third trimester is from week 28 to about week 40 and can be an anxious time but you’re in the home stretch and it won’t be long until you’re holding your little one. This will be the time where you are preparing for your new addition.
 

  1. Now might be the time where you discuss a birthing plan with your birthing partner. Whether you’re wanting a water birth, unmedicated labour or a hospital birth, it is good to have a rough idea of what you want, even if you don’t end up following the plan.
  2. This is the period where sleeping can become difficult and uncomfortable and heavily pregnant women are advised not to sleep on their back. It is medically advised to sleep on your left side as it relieves pressure, additionally by adding a pillow between your legs while you sleep, this promotes healthy hip placement.
  3. Be prepared for anything. When coming to the end of your pregnancy, it is common for your baby to arrive early or late. Talk to your GP if you have any concerns about this at all. Babies tend to have their own plans when it comes to being born so it’s a good idea to have a bag packed a few weeks before your due date, just in case.
At My Baby & Me Ltd, we understand the wide range of anxieties and concerns surrounding pregnancy and giving birth. If you have questions and are feeling uneasy during your pregnancy, we advise you to contact your GP.