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First trimester to-do list: tips for first-time mothers

The first trimester is an exciting time for mums-to-be. However, expecting a baby can be overwhelming. Read on for some useful tips for first-time mothers!


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The test came back positive and all those first signs of pregnancy have been confirmed – you’re expecting a baby. Congratulations! You’ll likely have plenty of questions, from why is the first trimester so important to what to do in the early stages of pregnancy.

We’re here to hold your hand through this exciting time. Keep reading our pregnancy checklist below and learn more about the first trimester, what to expect and how to prepare for baby arrival. Once you have all in place, you’ll feel much more confident!

Contact your health professional when you discover you’re pregnant. Not only will they book in your appointments and tests, but they’ll also help you understand what to expect in the first trimester.

What are the first signs of pregnancy?

Even before the pregnancy test confirms it, there are a few symptoms that give an indication that you’re expecting such as nausea, fatigue, dizziness, constipation and many more. You may notice some of these symptoms of pregnancy in the first month of finding out that you are pregnant so it’s important to listen to your body and see a doctor if you suspect you may have a baby on board.

After your pregnancy has been confirmed, you’ll be in what is known as the first trimester of

pregnancy. This covers the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy and you’ll go through many physical and emotional changes that you need to be aware of. You might put on some weight, feel your skin turning sensitive or find it difficult to focus, for instance - but, there’s no need to be anxious about it! These are all normal symptoms and, if you are well-informed and know what to expect in the first trimester, you’ll find easier to enjoy this important stage! 

First trimester of pregnancy: what to do to get ready

Once you know the first signs of pregnancy and what to expect in those first three months, let’s look at our pregnancy checklist of how to get ready:

  • Make an appointment with your health professional. Discuss any concerns, understand how your body will change, and review any medication you’re on. You’ll need to check if both prescription and over-the-counter drugs are safe for the baby.
  • Make a list of what to avoid. You might need to reduce caffeine intake and avoid foods such as undercooked eggs or meat, spicy food and others.
  • Know the warning signs. While you want to enjoy your pregnancy as much as possible, it’s always best to be prepared. If you notice anything you’re worried about – such as bleeding with cramps – see a medical professional immediately.
  • Adjust your routine as needed. Light exercise is still encouraged but you’ll want to avoid anything that involves putting pressure on your tummy. Try gentle walks or swimming and get started with pelvic floor exercises to strengthen your bladder.
  • Start preparing your body for pregnancy. Take folic acid supplements - always under medical recommendation - and research antenatal classes.
  • Switch to baby-friendly products. There will be lots of things to get ready before you bring baby home. You might like to start prepping a little so that you’re not left with a long list in your final weeks of pregnancy. Switch to gentle laundry products now, like Comfort Baby, so you’re ready to make little clothes super soft when you buy that first bodysuit.
  • Switch to gentle products. You might experience skin sensitivity and this could be the time you choose gentle products for your skin and laundry like dermatologically tested OMO Sensitive – ready for baby too!

Why is the first trimester so important?

The first trimester of pregnancy is often considered one of the most important stages of pregnancy. Your baby is at its most vulnerable in this early stage and at higher risk of damage from medication and illness.  It’s much easier to enjoy the first trimester of pregnancy when you know all the information and advice to help keep you and your baby happy and healthy. Embrace this special time!

Key steps

Enjoy your first trimester of pregnancy by following these key steps:

  1. Know the first trimester symptoms so you can spot your pregnancy quickly.
  2. Use our pregnancy checklists to match your symptoms and start planning how to get ready for baby.
  3. Make a list of things to avoid (like caffeine) and things to add to your daily routine – like folic acid supplements and pelvic floor exercises.
  4. Follow your doctor's advice. 

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