First trimester pregnancy tips are ten-a-penny and we devour them obsessively in that strange first trimester frenzy that combines unbelievable joy and overwhelming anxiety.
In our anxiety about missing something super important and blighting our baby’s life for ever more we read every list of first trimester pregnancy tips going.
But most of these lists tell us exactly the same thing and don’t tell us anything about early pregnancy we don’t know.
We’re fully aware we need to eat healthily and morning sickness is dreadful. And we’re already obsessing about cool baby announcements, perfect rare baby names, the very best products for our baby registry and the most fabulous baby shower any pregnant mother ever had!!
And the problem is these first trimester pregnancy tip lists miss out the truly important things we need to be worrying about in our first trimester. So I’ve got for you here a list of first trimester pregnancy tips that looking back I can see now were the most things to get on top of in those early months.
Luckily experienced friends steered me in the right direction on some of these but some of them I had to learn the importance of the hard way by screwing up. So to avoid my mistakes do check out my first trimester pregnancy tips list and start getting yourself sorted.
7 Important First Trimester Pregnancy Tips
- Find out about maternity leave : find out as soon as possible what you’re entitled to by law and from your employer including critically what you’re entitled to during pregnancy if you’re hospitalised or on bed rest and if your baby needs additional hospital care after birth.
- Build an emergency fund : it’s so easy to spend a small fortune during pregnancy when we really need to be saving on baby stuff as much as we can so we can build an emergency fund in case of us not being able to work for periods during pregnancy or after baby’s birth. Building that emergency fund also gives us more options about family life; some mothers are ready to go back to work early, some of us aren’t even though we think we will be. Creating an emergency fund creates choices.
- Look into life insurance : it sounds a bit grim amongst all the joyful, lovely parts of first trimester pregnancy but you need to make sure your baby is going to be provided for if something happens to you or your partner.
- Start decluttering gently but thoroughly : I spent days and days researching baby products to buy and filling my home with them when what I should have been doing – I learned the very hard way – was gently decluttering everything I didn’t love or use because however minimalist we try to be baby’s take up enormous amounts of space in inverse proportion to their size. And honestly when you’re struggling to juggle baby and home and work and relationships and you, you will be so much happier without a home full of clutter.
- Join an ante-natal group but not for the birthing or breastfeeding advice : lots of sign up for ante-natal groups because we think we need their expert advice on birthing and breastfeeding. Most of what we covered at my ante-natal group was complete gumpfh that really didn’t help me at all in labour or with a newborn but I am eternally grateful to my friend who made me sign up in my first trimester because my baby and I made friends in that ante-natal group who provided an instant support group of parents with babies the same age and who have become friends for life.
- Join local groups on Facebook : very local parenting groups on Facebook are also a wonderful way to meet other local mothers who are also in the first trimester of pregnancy. They are also a brilliant way to pick up good quality second hand baby products on your doorstep and cheaply.
- Start thinking about child care : in those first few months of our first trimester, leaving our baby might seem a very long way away but many of us now want to or need to go back to work after having a baby and good childcare is in short supply with 12 month and more waiting lists. You don’t want to make commitments at this point but starting to think about it in the first trimester and getting on those crazy waiting lists creates options so it’s easier to make the right choice for you when the time comes.
I do hope you find these first trimester pregnancy tips help you in the early months of your pregnancy. They truly did make all the difference to me.
For more simple pregnancy & baby tips do check out my other posts:
- 50 Pregnancy Nausea Remedies
- 50 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks
- Unique & Unusual Baby Names
- Simple Birth Plan Checklist
- Newborn Breastfeeding Tips For Beginners
- Simple Baby Sleep Tips
- Natural Remedies For Babies
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