I'm Pregnant! Top Five Things To Do When Planning for Your Baby
Sarasota Newborn Photographer
Congratulations on your first pregnancy! You will probably start to hear a ton of advice from those who have gone before you - your mother, your sister, your friends. Everyone loves to celebrate the anticipation of a new baby! But, you still may be asking yourself, "I'm pregnant, now what?"
Here are my top five things to do each trimester (after informing your parents and loved ones first, of course) when you are pregnant.
I Just Found Out I'm Pregnant! Now, what?
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1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
This should be a given, but it is especially important when you are pregnant. You will need more water than the average person when you are pregnant. Why? Because drinking more water is needed to form amniotic fluid, produce extra blood, build new tissue, carry nutrients, enhance digestion and flush out wastes and toxins. How much water should you drink every day? According to the Institute of Medicine, pregnant women need to drink ten 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
F I R S T T R I M E S T E R 9 - 7 M O N T H S
2. SCHEDULE YOUR FIRST OB/GYN DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT
According to The American Pregnancy Association, you should schedule your first appointment within eight weeks of your last menstrual period. Regular appointments throughout your pregnancy ensures the health of you and your baby. In addition, prenatal care includes education on your pregnancy and childbirth.
S E C O N D T R I M E S T E R 6 - 4 M O N T H S
3. DECIDE AND PLAN WHERE YOU WANT TO DELIVER YOUR BABY
While many women still have their babies in hospitals, there are those that want a more natural birth and will arrange to have their baby at a birthing center or even at home. Wherever you choose, it's important to discuss with your doctor the pros and cons as well as risks with your place of birth choice and what's the best option for you.
T H I R D T R I M E S T E R 3 - 0 MONTHS
4. REGISTER FOR BABY SHOWER GIFTS
Now, we're getting into the fun stuff of having a baby - choosing a theme for your baby's nursery and then choosing gifts that will match that theme as well as registering for all the practical things a newborn baby will need. You can look here for a list of the "must haves" for taking care of a newborn.
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5. ANNOUNCE BABY'S BIRTH
You are excited now! You just had a baby. Now's the time to tell the world. You can do this verbally, through text, social media or send announcement cards with a gorgeous portrait of your baby taken by a professional photographer - me! Right? I hope so.
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Are you ready to book your newborn session? It's never too early to schedule your session. I usually recommend to schedule your due date (we'll finalize the date once you have your baby) during your third trimester in order to ensure availability.
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