It’s no secret that although becoming pregnant for the first time can be one of the most joyful experiences of your life, it can also be a little overwhelming. I remember so well when I became pregnant with Grace, that I was surprised by all the things I didn’t know, even as a health care professional. Most women know not to drink alcohol, smoke or use drugs during pregnancy but there are a few additional things I think most women would love to know about before their first appointment at 8 weeks. All of the information below I pulled from the following three sources below. They are all great resources for any additional questions you might have.
+ If you’re generally healthy and not considered high risk, most doctors won’t actually see you until you’re 8 weeks pregnant. And even at 8 weeks, it’s often the NP or PA in the office that is doing your first ultrasound. That being said, if you are miserable with nausea or vomiting or if you have questions, don’t hesitate to call the office and ask prior to your appointment!
+ You should be taking a prenatal vitamin before you try to get pregnant. And actually, all women of reproductive age should be taking a prenatal vitamin daily.
+ The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women never let their core body temperature rise above 102.2º F, which means you should avoid hot tubs and hot yoga during pregnancy.
+ Consuming 200mg of caffiene (one 12oz cup of coffee) or less per day is safe during pregnancy. Don’t forget that teas, chocolate and sodas also contain caffeine.
+ Although pregnant and breastfeeding women can safely consume up to 8 to 12 ounces of fish or shellfish per week there are certain types of fish that contain higher levels of mercury, which can be harmful to your unborn baby, and should be avoided. During your pregnancy you should avoid eating fish that have the highest levels of mercury such as shark, swordfish and king mackerel.
+ In order to avoid food poisoning and listeriosis, which can be very dangerous when pregnant, you should avoid the following foods:
- unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk
- hot dogs
- uncooked seafood and rare or undercooked beef or poultry
- raw eggs
- lunch meats
- cold cuts unless they are heated until steaming hot just before serving
- refrigerated pâté and meat spreads
- refrigerated smoked seafood
+ Ibuprofen should not be taken during pregnancy especially in your third trimester. I actually recommend putting your ibuprofen away somewhere that’s not easily accessed while you’re pregnant. And of course you should discuss any medication, prescribed or over the counter, that you may need to take during your pregnancy with your doctor prior to taking it.
+ Acne medications and ingredients that are not considered safe during pregnancy:
- Salicylic Acid – found in many over the counter products so make sure you read the labels and check with your doctor on products you’re unsure about.
My favorite places to shop for maternity clothes:
There’s nothing more satisfying to me than to find something non-maternity that works with a bump so that it can be worn after pregnancy as well! One of my tricks is to shop my favorite non-maternity stores is to type in “oversized” in the search box! Of course certain maternity items are inevitable and necessary, so for those staple items I peruse through the following places.
Roolee – Their Mom line has some of the cutest nursing friendly pieces I’ve seen!