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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

First Trimester- The Vital Beggining

Hi all. It's been a while since I last posted on my blog. About a month or so, apologies. Life's got me all around the world but here. So, anyway, today I'll be writing up briefly on the 1st trimester of pregnancy (just because a lot of people around me are, will and have been giving birth , also I might join them for another round or two...InsyaAllah).
If you're pregnant , congratulations! The first trimester refers to the first three months of pregnancy, in these early stages, pregnant women usually experience some discomfort which differs between individuals , at least there's a sign you've conceived. Some may not experience it , but for those who do, there's always a blessing in disguise. As the first trimester is the most vital time we should nourish ourselves as this is the time the baby inside us are in the need for most nutrition to build a strong and healthy body.

Signs of a possible pregnancy
  • Missed period
  • Nausea & vomiting , morning sickness
  • Changes in libido
  • Breast tenderness/soreness
  • Frequent urination
  • Strange cravings / changes in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Skin changes, skin sensitivity & appearance of stretch marks
  • Enlarged abdomen
  • Positive urinal home pregnancy test
  • Detected fetal heartbeat with ultrasound
What should you do next?
  • Well, I suggest a visit to your practitioner to confirm the possibilities(especially if this is your first), however in some cases , some individuals delays a visit to the doctor due to many factors. I think it's okay to delay until up to 2-3 months of pregnancy, just make sure that you take precautions & eat well to ensure a healthy pregnancy. I'm not asking you to delay your check up, if you have the time please go as soon as possible.
  • Avoid alcohol , drugs(aspirin may harm your pregnancy, if you're on drugs please seek medical advice & inform about your pregnancy) and cigarettes, don't smoke and please be absent from places where there are smokers. Even the smoke is highly toxic.
  • Please, no gassy beverages, instant noodles, refined sugar and canned foods.
  • Drink lots of fluid, preferably water.
  • Take more foods containing folic acid, to assist in a normal neural tube development for the baby . These includes: oranges, dark green leafy veggies, melon, fortified breakfast cereals, lentils, beans and sunflower seeds.
  • Increase iron intake, this is for both mother and child as many preggers are susceptible to anemia. Iron rich foods: Whole grains, beans, nuts, raisins, lean meat, liver, greens & tofu.
  • Eat high-protein & high-carbohydrate foods(remember, pregnancy is the wrong time to be worrying on weight gain). Take more potatoes, brown rice & cheese.
  • Take naps if you feel tired.
  • Exercise moderately, be careful not to get overheated.
  • Read up on some pregnancy books for useful tips & preparations.
  • You can now start planning on where to give birth and go shop baby stuff.
  • For the spouses, as this is the time your wives undergo some emotional imbalances, hormonal and body changes, your support and encouragement would be most appreciated. House chores may be delayed, so held a hand in the weekends if not on the weekdays.


ROJAK said...

ok nice entry. Are u pregnant?

Mak anak tiga said...

=) insyaAllah~

elem said...

Don't forget, too much iron can end up blocking calcium. And its best to opt for complex carbohydrates rather than simple ones. Increasing magnesium intake would be vital too since most people are magnesium deficient to begin with! Here's a link (hopefully you'll find it interesting/useful):-

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