First / second / third trimester checklists

First / second / third trimester checklists

Dr. Eduardo Torres

 

Congratulations on embarking on the incredible journey of parenthood! As you prepare to welcome your little bundle of joy, let's turn the mundane into a magical checklist that will not only guide you through the essentials but also sprinkle a dash of fun and excitement along the way.

First Trimester

During the first trimester of pregnancy (weeks 1-14), it is important to:

Second Trimester

During the second trimester of pregnancy (weeks 14-28), it is important to continue with prenatal care and schedule any necessary tests, such as an anatomy ultrasound. Pregnant women may also begin to experience symptoms such as Braxton Hicks contractions and back pain, and it is important to discuss any concerns with a healthcare provider.

Third Trimester

During the third trimester of pregnancy (weeks 28-42), it is important to continue with prenatal care and prepare for the birth. This may include:

It's also critical to understand when to visit the hospital and the indicators of labor. To assess the baby's wellbeing, the provider will also look at the baby's position and can suggest a non-stress test.

So, buckle up for a ride filled with laughter, love, and perhaps a few diaper-changing escapades. Let the adventure begin and may your journey into parenthood be as enchanting as the little one waiting to join your family!

 

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The Top 5 Pregnancy Questions Answered

The top 5 pregnancy questions answered

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! You probably have tons of questions and concerns. This article will help clear up the myths and the fog about preparing for the delivery. Here are the 5 most common pregnancy questions answered.

1. Can I exercise during pregnancy?

Exercise before, after, and during pregnancy can be a great way to keep you and your unborn baby healthy. Moderate exercise during pregnancy is a-okay, as long as you’re not going too extreme in the hot yoga or HIIT workouts. Exercise like strength training and cardio along with yoga is a great combination that can be safe and healthy. Pregnant women who shed weight and sweat are less likely to experience complications like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and preeclampsia. If at any point, exercise feels uncomfortable, contact your doctor.

2. How can I help reduce the risk of birth defects?

Some birth defects can’t be prevented, but you can take measures to avoid certain extreme cases like stillbirth, preterm labor, and other complications. Take heed of these tips to reduce your risk of birth defects:

 A healthy baby is more likely to come with a healthy lifestyle.

3. What prenatal vitamins should I take?

Classic prenatal vitamins and healthy foods are your weapons against disease and defects. Your baby needs essential nutrients that you may not be getting enough of in your daily diet. Your prenatal vitamin needs to have folic acid, iron, and calcium to ensure a healthy baby. Also note that you’re getting enough vitamin D, DHA, and iodine every day. Always discuss with your doctor before taking certain supplements.

4. Can I keep drinking coffee?

Your morning cup of joe can stay. As long as you don’t go above 200 mg or 12 ounces of caffeine, you’ll be alright. The science hasn’t confirmed yet whether caffeine can impact the risk of miscarriage or preterm birth, but it’s definitely safe to have one cup. Be wary of tea, chocolate, and soft drinks.

5. How much kicking should I feel? When should I be concerned?

First-time moms, hear hear! You won’t feel kicking or movement until about 5 months into pregnancy. With a second pregnancy, you’re more likely to feel the movement earlier because it’s more familiar to you. Once the fetus moves in you, you’ll probably feel something daily until around 7 months. If you’re feeling less movement than you believe is normal, check with your ob-gyn or doctor who’s covering your prenatal care.

 

Takeaway

Whatever your concerns or if you have any new supplements to take, always make sure to contact your doctor to ensure it’s safe. Enjoy your pregnancy and maintain a healthy lifestyle to prepare for a safe and healthy delivery. If you’re in the Dallas area, check out Los Barrios Unidos for customized prenatal care.

Our doctors are here to help and answer any questions. To set an appointment, please call (214) 540-0300.