Before you begin, let us be one of many congratulating you on your pregnancy! A first time pregnancy can be very exciting, but it is also full of questions and confusion. While we can’t guarantee this list will cover everything you’ll encounter in your first time pregnancy, we do think it’s a great starting point.

First Time Pregnancy Tip #1: Read our Prenatal Guide

And while you’re at it, be sure to check out some others, too. Here’s one from FitPregnancy, and this one is aimed at fathers-to-be. There’s no shortage of information out there, and while it sounds cliche, knowledge truly is power when it comes to health. Your doctor can’t be with you 24/7, so it’s critical that you be aware of the potential problems that could come up during pregnancy.

First Time Pregnancy Tip #2: Pick a prenatal vitamin

This should be a no-brainer given that we are Prenatal Vitamin HQ, after all. Taking a prenatal multivitamin during pregnancy is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your baby’s health. A simple mistake first timers make is to think that a regular “women’s” multivitamin will do the trick. Prenatal vitamins aren’t just a gimmick; your nutritional needs are completely different during pregnancy than they were before you had a baby on board. Take care especially to look at the levels of folic acid, iron, and calcium in your prenatal vitamin of choice. If they don’t meet our recommendations, consider adding another supplement or picking a different brand.

First Time Pregnancy Tip #3: Schedule a doctor’s visit

No matter how much you read up online or in books, it’s hard to substitute for the experience and expertise of a certified MD. Schedule a doctor’s visit sooner rather than later, so you can identify potential problems in advance. It’s often hard to know what you don’t know, which is why talking to an expert is so valuable. Doctors visits are also important for screening purposes. Early detection will help you make any necessary adjustments sooner rather than later.

First Time Pregnancy Tip #4: Join a group

No one is going to be able to relate to you better than other expecting mothers. In addition, the combined experience will serve you well. Especially when it comes to everyday issues that can impact your life but aren’t covered in a checkup, having a support group of people who have already been there is an invaluable resource.

First Time Pregnancy Tip #5: Stay active

Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that the rest of your life has to be put on hold. While you shouldn’t overexert yourself, physical activity is great for your and your baby’s health. Doing different things will add variety to what can otherwise be a monotonous routine of sitting around and doctor’s visits. Plus, all that effort will pay off when it comes time to lose those pregnancy pounds.

 

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