Pregnancy, First Trimester

The first trimester is the first 3 months your baby is growing inside you. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions.

HOME CARE

  • Do not smoke.

  • Do not drink alcohol.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Exercise.

  • Eat healthy foods. Eat regular, well-balanced meals.

  • You can have sex (intercourse) if there are no other problems with the pregnancy.

  • Things that help with morning sickness:

  • Eat soda crackers before getting up in the morning.

  • Eat 4 to 5 small meals rather than 3 large meals.

  • Drink liquids between meals, not during meals.

  • Go to all appointments as told.

  • Take all vitamins or supplements as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You develop a fever.

  • You have a bad smelling fluid that is leaking from your vagina.

  • There is bleeding from the vagina.

  • You develop severe belly (abdominal) or back pain.

  • You throw up (vomit) blood. It may look like coffee grounds.

  • You lose more than 2 pounds in a week.

  • You gain 5 pounds or more in a week.

  • You gain more than 2 pounds in a week and you see puffiness (swelling) in your feet, ankles, or legs.

  • You have severe dizziness or pass out (faint).

  • You are around people who have German measles, chickenpox, or fifth disease.

  • You have a headache, watery poop (diarrhea), pain with peeing (urinating), or cannot breath right.