Tips For A Birth Mother’s First Trimester
The news of a pregnancy can be shocking to anyone who hears it. For some, the news is exciting. For others, it might not be so exciting. No matter which way you’re leaning, the first trimester for a birth mother is both exciting and complicated. Here at Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we want you to know we will be there to help from the very beginning. Hopefully, we can help make things less complicated by compiling these tips for a birth mother’s first trimester.
What is a Trimester?
In total, a pregnancy lasts for about 40 weeks. The weeks are then broken apart into three different trimesters, consisting of roughly three months each. The first trimester lasts from conception to 12 weeks. The second trimester is from week 13 to week 26. Finally, the third trimester is from week 27 to the end of the pregnancy.
Being able to break the pregnancy up into different trimesters and week by week can help you make informed decisions and prepare you ahead of time for what the next trimester will bring.
Tips For A Birth Mother’s First Trimester
- Take More Than One Pregnancy Test
There are definitely some tests that can give you a false positive, or might be hard to distinguish whether it is positive or negative. Sometimes, taking a second or third test in the following days can help calm the nerves, and give you the peace of mind of knowing you weren’t just seeing things the first time around. When choosing adoption it will be important to show your social worker your positive pregnancy test.
- Check Up with Your Doctor
Whether you have a midwife or an OBGYN, it is important to find a doctor to be there through your entire pregnancy. After finding the proper doctor, they will be there to answer any questions you might have and make sure you have a safe and successful pregnancy. They will support you throughout the pregnancy and throughout the birth experience as well. Your counselor at Adoption Choices of Oklahoma will help you find medical support and even attend appointments with you!
- Drink Plenty of Water and Eat Plenty of Food
Water will be your best friend while you are pregnant! Hydration and a healthy diet are key to keeping high energy during your pregnancy. Make sure to constantly be drinking whenever you are thirsty. Also, eating is very important as well. A lot of mothers talk about being nauseous often during their pregnancy, also known as morning sickness. Keeping a steady diet and keeping food in your stomach will help you feel less nauseated. Some easy snacks to have on hand when going out are protein bars, nuts, fruits and yogurt. Even choosing adoption, it is important to maintain your health for yourself and your child.
- Keep Up with Your Exercise Plan
Along with staying healthy with what you eat, it is also important to stay fit. Keeping up with exercise routines can help keep your energy levels high. While some routines might be harder than others, talk to your healthcare provider about what might be the best option for you while also being safe for you and the baby.
- Start Creating an Adoption Plan
There are a lot of questions that come with getting pregnant. From raising the child to planning space in the house to possibly putting the baby up for adoption, it could sometimes be overwhelming to think about. So, starting to answer these questions from the very beginning helps ensure you’re not scrambling at the last minute. Remember that you are never alone! There are plenty of resources out there to help you throughout the entire planning process.
We Are Here For You!
No matter where you are in your pregnancy, we know it is easy to become overwhelmed or stressed about everything that is going on. That is why we are here for you! We hope to help make your whole experience from conception to birth very easygoing and hope to be there for you every step of the way.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive families in Oklahoma for over 19 years. Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized adoption experience to all involved in the adoption process. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
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