A successful first trimester of pregnancy is crucial to health and well being of baby and mother. Though you may not being showing, your embryo is growing, its heart is pumping blood and most major organs and bodily systems have begun to develop. This early stage of develpment is the prime time to prepare yourself for a healthy, happy, low-stress pregnancy.
Consider each of these tips as you navigate the first trimester of your pregnancy:
Choose Your Healthcare Provider
The very first thing a newly pregnant woman needs to think about is prenatal care! A good place to start when deciding where to go for care is where you wish to deliver. If you’re planning to have your baby at CVMC, this leaves three provider groups to call, interview and consider: A Woman’s View, Catawba Women’s Center and Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Maternity Services. Maternity Services is unique in the fact that they are a team of certified nurse midwives, located within the Catawba County Public Health Building, that provides comprehensive prenatal care for women at any stage of pregnancy, including transfer patients. They also accept Medicaid and most private insurance plans.
Embrace Good Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy and Baby
“Never in a woman’s life is nutrition so important as when she’s pregnant and nursing”, says Elizabeth Somer, MA, RD, author of Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy. You don’t have to look far to find plenty of good nutrition information. The Center for Women & Children offers a free app you can download on any Apple or Android device called iBirth, which has an entire section devoted to nutrition. Download iBirth and use the code: CVMC to access all our customized information. Consult with your doctor, nurse practioner or midwife if you have specific concerns about your diet.
Maintain Physical Activity
Exercising is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. It can help with morning sickness, regulate weight and prepare you for the extra pounds you will carry as your pregnancy progresses, not to mention getting you in shape for childbirth. As an added bonus, exercise is great for your mood and helps with restful sleep.
Adding low-impact exercises during your first trimester is a good idea. If you have been exercising vigorusly several times per week, you may want to substitute one session with water exercise. This way, if you need to give up your more challenging workouts later in the pregnancy you have a head start on a lower impact workout. CVMC’s Fitness Plus offers an aqua fitness class for soon-to-be moms every Wednesday at 5:30pm called Moms-in-Motion.
Register for Child Birth Classes
Whether you are a first time mom-to-be or already have children, we encourage you to consider all the classes offered at The POD, Maternal Child Education Center at the Center for Women & Children. From Baby Basics to breastfeeding, we offer a complete array of classes to help you prepare for your baby’s arrival. Classes and tour rosters fill quickly so register as early as possible via our website, through the iBirth App or call 828.326.3062.
Rest and Relax
While this is certainly a very exciting season in your life, it can also be potentially overwhelming and a tad stressful. You are going through a LOT of changes, physically and mentally. Take good care of yourself and find effective ways to manage the stress in your life. Get plenty of rest and sleep, eat healthily and maintain (or start) an appropriate exercise program. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to talk to your healthcare provider about your concerns.
In these tender first weeks of pregnancy the real goal is to get yourself in the healthiest habits possible, eat well and rest as needed. CVMC would be honored to be a part of your childbirth experience. To inquire about our classes, email Ella Thompson or call 828.326.3062 at the end of your first trimester. Maternal Child Education (The POD) is located on the ground floor of the Women & Children Pavilion with a variety of high quality programs to assist every family through the childbirth experience.