What to Avoid in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

What to Avoid in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Whether you’re pregnant for the first time or sixth, once that pregnancy test is positive, your world will be turned upside down. As you come to terms with your new situation, you’ll probably be a little anxious about what to do or not to do while pregnant.

Do I need to cut out coffee throughout my pregnancy? Is it safe to take any amount of alcohol? What about cheese—am I allowed to eat any? Here’s a list of what not to do in your first trimester of pregnancy. But as always, not all pregnancies are the same. So make sure to consult your doctor before switching up your diet or beginning a new workout routine, and follow this pregnancy do’s and don’ts list:

Pregnancy Do’s

Do take vitamins: Taking vitamins, especially vitamin D and folic acid, is essential for pregnant women. Avoid possible birth defects with folic acid, and take vitamin D to avoid preterm labor or possible infections while giving birth.

Do exercise: Moderately, of course. Most may think that pregnant women shouldn’t move much and be careful at all times. But in reality, there are many pregnancy workouts that expecting moms should try!

Do your research about pregnancy: This is applicable if you don’t have anyone to ask about whatever you want to know about pregnancy, especially if you’re a first-time mom. Oh, and make sure that you’ll pick reliable information!

Do your best not to get stressed: Most expecting moms tend to think about anything and everything. Getting stressed when pregnant should be avoided as much as possible. Try to come up with hobbies that’ll help you relax and have happy thoughts.

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Do take the required pregnancy test and vaccinations: When you’re pregnant, regular checkups with your designated doctor or midwife are highly recommended. This way, you can check your baby’s progress which will increase the chance of avoiding any sort of complications while you’re pregnant.

Do have a pregnancy journal: This is one way to keep track of you and your baby’s condition. It’s also a great way to keep the memories of when your baby’s still inside you. Most moms confess that they remember very little out of the nine months they were carrying their baby, which is understandable. 😄

Do this first if you have plans on traveling: Check with your doctor first if you have any travel plans. Visiting different places while your baby bump isn’t showing yet maybe a nice idea, but did you know that the first three months is the most crucial time during pregnancy?

Do know the symptoms that you should be wary of: You should know when to contact your doctor or midwife immediately. Some pregnancy symptoms might indicate that something’s wrong with the baby, even if you feel like you’re okay. Remember, you have your pregnancy journal. If something unusual is happening with your baby, do not hesitate to ask for help immediately!

Pregnancy Don’ts 

Don’t eat too much: You don’t need extra calories in trimester one or two. In trimester three, you should eat 200 extra calories if you’re active. 

Don’t take alcohol: Keep away from alcohol, particularly in trimester one when your baby’s brain is undergoing a period of extensive development.

Don’t smoke: Cigarette smoking can expose your baby to all kinds of health problems. So there’s no better time to quit. Seek support, as this can make you more likely to stay off cigarettes. 

Don’t abuse drugs: Cannabis, cocaine, meta-amphetamines, psychoactive substances (also called “legal highs”) can all increase your risk of health issues.

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Don’t go playing rugby or diving: Most exercise is healthy and safe during pregnancy, but some activities may cause injury to your baby.

Don’t take too much caffeine: High caffeine levels can lead to low birth weight babies, potentially increasing the risk of medical conditions later in life. Also, too much caffeine has been shown to cause miscarriage.

Don’t diet while pregnant: Cutting out certain food groups can deprive your child of nutrients they require for growth. Instead, eat a healthy well-balanced diet throughout your pregnancy.

Don’t even think about going to saunas: Keep away from saunas and hot tubs. Each time you use a hot tub, sauna or steam room, you risk suffering overheating, fainting, and dehydration.

Your body can’t lose heat properly through sweat and your core temperature will rise too. It’s highly likely that a drastic increase in your body’s core temperature might negatively impact your baby’s development, particularly during the first trimester. In fact, some studies suggest that using one of these facilities in the first trimester doubles your chances of having a miscarriage.

Bonus Pregnancy Tip

Stay off chemicals! Harmful chemicals contained in plastics, home cleaning products, pesticides, and paint can put your unborn baby at risk. Avoid all chemicals if you can, or use them with caution. 

And if you can, always go for metal, glass, stainless steel or BPA-free plastic bottle when drinking. BPA contained in plastic is extremely toxic and can raise your risk of a miscarriage.

Take Care of Yourself While Pregnant

The first trimester is the most important stage for taking precautions. But it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to take care of yourself for the rest of your pregnancy. Get enough nourishment and live as healthily as you can while you’re pregnant. You’ll never know, you might even continue with the healthy routine you came up with (if there is) when you’re pregnant even after you’ve given birth! 👏

What Causes Slow Fetal Growth During the First Trimester?

What Causes Slow Fetal Growth During the First Trimester?

Once you’re expecting, you need to know about the various stages involved in your baby’s development. While you’ll be excited by the prospect of welcoming your baby, you’ll also be nervous about the entire process of giving birth. It’s always wise to know about the downsides of pregnancy apart from the positives.

So if ever you’re looking for answers on what causes a fetus to stop growing in the first trimester? One of many possibilities is what they call “Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)“. It’s one of the issues you need to be clued up on as far as your baby’s development is concerned. Most pregnancies report healthy growth of fetus until childbirth. But there might be exceptions where kids may be smaller than normal by the time labor starts.

Types of IUGR

This comes in two forms—symmetrical intrauterine growth restriction and asymmetrical intrauterine restriction

Symmetrical IUGR: (also known as primary IUGR) makes up 20-25 percent of IUGR cases. In this problem, all of the baby’s internal organs are comparatively smaller and there’s overall growth restriction in the baby. 

Asymmetrical IUGR: (also called secondary IUGR) is when the baby has a normal-sized head and brain but their body is smaller. This issue is harder to diagnose and might not be apparent until the last trimester.

What Causes a Fetus to Stop Growing in the First Trimester?

Genetic factors determine around 31 percent of a baby’s weight at birth, so some kids are what doctors refer to as “constitutionally small”. If a prospective parent was a tiny baby themselves and they’re short in stature, their baby could be perfectly healthy—only small. 

But some babies with intrauterine growth restriction have other health conditions, such as heart defects or chromosomal abnormalities, which restrict their growth. IUGR may also happen if the placenta’s blood supply or health is impaired. In addition, it happens if the mom’s lifestyle, health, or nutrition affects the healthy growth and development of her child most especially if she used drugs or alcohol, or smoked while pregnant). 

IUGR Risk Factors 

IUGR in babies is more likely to occur if a pregnant woman:

  • Use drugs or alcohol or smoke during pregnancy
  • Conceived within a year and a half of giving birth 
  • Is under 17 years old or over 35 years old
  • Have heart disease or high blood pressure 
  • Have an infection like syphilis, toxoplasmosis, rubella, or cytomegalovirus 
  • Have placental issues, or uterine defects, including placental abruption
  • Have lung disease, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, or kidney disease 
  • Have other complications such as hyperemesis gravidarum and preeclampsia 
  • Is carrying more than one baby (though that’s maybe because it’s more difficult to carry multiple 8-pound babies in one womb, not that the kids aren’t growing properly). 

How to Overcome IUGR in Pregnancy

While IUGR can happen when you’re healthy, there are some steps you can take to improve both the health of your pregnancy and your baby. The most important thing you can do is get lots of rest and eat healthily, as well as avoid any tobacco, alcohol, or drug use. And remember to honor all of your doctor appointments—they’ll definitely be plenty from now on. 

Why Do Pregnancy Symptoms Come and Go During the First Trimester?

Do Pregnancy Symptoms Come and Go During the First Trimester?

During pregnancy, a woman can experience various symptoms and they might vary from one woman to the next. But it’s been noted that over time, most symptoms may vanish to reappear again later, might not come back during the term of pregnancy or they may persist until delivery.

As such, pregnancy symptoms appearing and disappearing is very normal and no cause for concern. But it’s understandable for any expectant women, especially first-time moms, to get worried and anxious. So why do pregnancy symptoms come and go first trimester?

Disappearing Pregnancy Symptoms

Any general varying symptoms in the first trimester are completely normal. The problem, as with all things during pregnancy, boils down to hormones. The hormones inside your body go through constant changes, and they fluctuate during all vital stages of pregnancy. 

This can cause many unanticipated consequences, from fluxes in depression, waning interest in sex, and relative tenderness of the breasts. Since the hormones in your body fluctuate while you’re pregnant, symptoms of pregnancy can occur in all trimesters and might really appear and disappear at any given time.

When Are Changes in Pregnancy Symptoms Alarming?

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There are periods when fluctuations in pregnancy symptoms are concerning and should be checked by your doctor (or midwife). Crucial among these concerns is fetal movement. Although it might take you quite some time to actually experience any fetal movement (somewhere around week 16 to 25), you should still watch out for any dramatic changes in your body. And if ever you do experience unusual symptoms that you think isn’t normal, please know that it’s okay to consult your doctor or midwife right away.

A reduction in the movement of your fetus, or a complete halt of movement, could be indicative of something very serious. While other pregnancy symptoms may subside or decrease as you go further along in your pregnancy, your baby’s movement shouldn’t. Of course, there’ll be times when your baby may decide to stay still for a while. But if there are drastic changes in your baby’s activity and you found yourself saying, “Something’s wrong” then it’s probably something serious!

The same case applies when you suddenly don’t have any symptoms of pregnancy at all. Just to be clear, we aren’t referring to the days when you’re not experiencing any indication that you’re pregnant. We’re talking about when you’ve been experiencing a lot of symptoms proving that you’re pregnant then suddenly, it all disappeared. 

While this doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s an issue, you should be concerned if the change is extreme and sudden. Even if there aren’t other obvious signs of miscarriage (like severe cramping or abnormal bleeding), it’s still critical to have your doctor check your condition as soon as possible. 

Can Pregnancy Symptoms Go Away?

When all is said and done, pregnancy symptoms do vary from individual to individual and no two pregnancies are the same. A pregnancy with intense and severe symptoms is as regular as one without any symptoms. Your doctor is the most qualified person to guide through your pregnancy. As such, it’s imperative to consult them before jumping to any conclusions.

Diarrhea When Pregnant: First Trimester (Is it Normal?)

Diarrhea When Pregnant First Trimester (Is it Normal?)

Diarrhea is no fun topic to discuss, but it shouldn’t make you feel embarrassed either. We all experience it every now and then, and many pregnant women might experience diarrhea when pregnant first trimester.

While the issue may signify preterm labor, it’s highly unlikely that your pregnancy has anything to do with it, as it results from something like a sudden diet change or food poisoning. Keep reading to learn more about the problem during pregnancy, including if it’s normal during the first trimester, what causes it, the symptoms, as well as how to treat it.

Is Diarrhea Normal During Early Pregnancy?

Diarrhea is quite a common problem that may affect anyone, including pregnant women. Some women may even experience it moments before labor. Less serious cases during pregnancy are often fleeting and may not harm your child.

If you’re passing over three stools daily and have severe diarrhea, make sure to see your doctor for expert advice. 

Causes of Diarrhea in Early Pregnancy 

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Diarrhea during pregnancy may result from dietary changes to hormones to prenatal vitamins. You might experience it due to:

Dietary changes: Pregnancy might make you eat healthier. Often, a sudden shift to healthier, fiber-rich foods may also cause a change in your bowel movements. Give your body enough time to acclimatize if you switch from fries and burgers to salads and fruits at the same time.

Hormones: When pregnant, you’ll go through changes in your body and your hormones. These may affect your digestive tract and stomach, resulting in nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation.

Prenatal vitamins: Prenatal vitamins come in many different brands. Some can cause loose stools, and others are more likely to lead to constipation. If you think a vitamin is the culprit, ask your doctor to recommend another brand.

Other causes: Diarrhea may also result from things that are unrelated to pregnancy, including:

  • Food poisoning
  • Illness from bacteria or a virus
  • Taking medication like antibiotics 
  • Travel
  • A health condition such as hyperthyroidism, celiac disease, or Crohn’s disease

Diarrhea Symptoms 

The main symptoms during pregnancy include:

  • Feeling bloated or gassy 
  • Watery and loose stools
  • Fever
  • Bloody stools
  • Nausea
  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Urgent need to pass stools

Treating Diarrhea in the First Trimester 

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In general, diarrhea will disappear by itself within two days. The main problem is maintaining hydration

Make sure to drink lots of water, broth, and juice to rehydrate your body and replenish the electrolytes lost by your body. The water will replenish the fluids you’ve lost, the broth will replenish your sodium and the juice will replenish your levels of potassium.

If the problem still persists, you might need to see your doctor. If it’s caused by parasites or bacteria, you might need antibiotics. More importantly, talk to your doctor to find out the cause of your problem.

Experiencing Diarrhea While Pregnant?

Like everyone else, pregnant women can experience diarrhea, too. So long as it’s short-lived, it’s usually no cause for concern. It’ll most likely clear up by itself. But if your condition is serious or lasts longer than 48 hours, you should call your doctor right away.

Dying Hair When Pregnant (on First Trimester)

Dying Hair When Pregnant (on First Trimester)

Pregnancy definitely changes your appearance. Apart from your lovely baby bump, other noticeable changes include swelling, breast size, hair texture changes, skin changes—the list is endless. 

Many women start to wonder what adjustments they should make when it comes to their skincare and other beauty routines when they realize they’re pregnant. But what about those who use hair dye?

Is it okay to use hair dye when you’re pregnant? What if you dyed your hair not knowing that you’re expecting? How harmful are hair dye products for pregnancy? Is dying hair when pregnant on first trimester safe?

Let’s find out.

Can You Dye Your Hair While Pregnant?

Technically, yes. But, of course, there are certain precautions that you should be aware of.

First of all, you have to consult your doctor instead of your hairdresser. Almost all color services use chemicals, to which you’ll be exposed. If your doctor has no concerns about this then, by all means, go ahead. 

After getting your doctor’s approval, the next thing that you should consider is timing. Many experts don’t recommend coloring your hair during the first trimester because there’s a higher risk of chemicals harming your baby at this time. It’s also recommended to do a skin test first before having your hair dyed – even if your hair has been dyed before.

Pregnancy alters your sensitivity, possibly making you more likely to suffer allergic reactions. In addition, hormone changes that happen during pregnancy may affect the strength and porosity of the hair, so you should take extra care to preserve its integrity.

Hair Dying Tips for Pregnant Women

For the most part, it’s safe to color your hair when pregnant. However, you’ll need to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of harming your baby:

Wait until the second trimester: Most colorists and doctors recommend keeping away from chemical processes in the first trimester for both you and your baby. This is because you may have possible sensitivity to chemical fumes.

Moreover, hair can change while you’re pregnant. Some women find that the texture of their hair changes dramatically, while others grow more gray hair. Genetics, perhaps?

Go for highlights: This involves coloring parts of your hair with permanent dye without touching your hair scalp. Cover your nose as much as possible during the treatment though!

Try temporary dye: If you really want to color your hair, try using a temporary hair pencil or hair mascara wand. The results are nontoxic and just lasts until you wash it off. 

Avoid any hair coloring process that involves contact with the scalp/skin: Doing this will help prevent chemicals from being absorbed into the bloodstream. For this reason, steer clear of single-process colors, which gets to the hair roots and harsher than normal hair colors. 

Lower your hair dying expectations: It’s not realistic to visit the salon every couple of weeks for one process or root touch-ups, especially when you’re pregnant. So it’s better to ask your stylist on how to take care of your hair properly to make the color last.

Should Pregnant Women Use Hair Dye?

Dying your hair while pregnant is something that you should be cautious about. Remember that there are facts about using hair dyes for pregnant women, but there are more misconceptions passed around without any basis at all.

Coloring your hair while you’re expecting is unlikely to cause harm to your baby. But again, waiting it out until you’ve passed the first three months of your pregnancy is much better.

When Does First Trimester Nausea End?

When Does First Trimester Nausea End?

Morning sickness is arguably the most well-known pregnancy symptom, and it usually occurs in the first trimester. If you’re experiencing it, however, you’ll most likely want to know when does first trimester nausea end, how long it lasts, and how to find some relief for it. 

Let’s start by looking at when morning sickness begins for newly pregnant moms.

When Does Nausea Start in the First Trimester?

Going through pregnancy gives one lots of happy and cringe-worthy memories. Speaking of which, are you one of those who thought, “When does morning sickness end?” while your world spins? What about when you’re wobbling across the room, hoping to make it to the sink or bathroom on time before “letting it all go”?

Nausea varies from one woman to another and from pregnancy to pregnancy. Most women begin to feel sick around halfway through trimester one between the 6th and 8 week of pregnancy, with nausea peaking around week 9.

There’s no known cause of nausea, but there’s a probable link to elevated levels of pregnancy hormones, estrogen, and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). For women carrying more than one baby, the probability and severity of nausea is higher, as is the hCG level. 

When Does Morning Sickness End?

Morning sickness usually ends by the close of trimester one, with your appetite getting back to normal by the 12th to 15th week. This is no general rule though. Nausea can sometimes continue well into trimester two. 

Some women experience morning sickness all throughout their pregnancy. And usually, nausea has no impact on baby’s health during pregnancy. Unless you’re having extremely different and awful symptoms than what most pregnant women have had. Others may even feel severe morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum, which may sometimes necessitate hospitalization. 

Severe weight loss due to illness can be harmful to a developing baby and should be attended to as soon as possible. Extreme morning sickness with repeated vomiting can result in dehydration, which calls for medical attention.

Tips for Relieving Morning Sickness

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There’s no cut-and-dried remedy when it comes to nausea. Some treatments work for your morning sickness while some may not work at all for others. 

If your nausea isn’t severe, you can try these simple natural remedies:

Well-known remedies include eating plain or dry food such as plain toast and tea biscuits, nibbling on fresh ginger, dipping slices of fresh ginger in hot water and drinking it, adding ginger to biscuits (even to your meal), or just simply smelling the “aroma” of fresh ginger. 😁

Have at least a bite of any food that you know you can take when you wake up in the morning to avoid the initial bout of morning sickness that may strike early. 

While morning sickness doesn’t result from being tired or hungry, these two factors may worsen symptoms, so it’s best to eat little amounts of food often and get adequate rest.

Why Do Pregnant Women Experience Nausea?

Morning sickness (nausea) is a very common symptom of pregnancy. But the good news is that it doesn’t last indefinitely. There are also steps you could take to ease some of the symptoms. 

Morning sickness typically vanishes by the end of the first trimester, although its disappearance doesn’t necessarily indicate that something is amiss with your child. If you’re worried, or having certain signs of miscarriage, make sure to let your doctor or midwife know immediately. 

Can You Take Ibuprofen When Pregnant in the First Trimester?

Can You Take Ibuprofen When Pregnant in the First Trimester

Can you take Ibuprofen when pregnant in the first trimester? Well, pregnant women are normally advised against taking Ibuprofen. Experts recommend paracetamol as a safer alternative during pregnancy. 

It’s especially important to avoid Ibuprofen in the first and third trimester, unless your doctor prescribes it. If you’ve already taken Ibuprofen, fear not. A one-off dose any time during pregnancy won’t harm you or your child. Taking Ibuprofen more than once while your pregnant would though. So it’s best to steer clear of it. 

Why Ibuprofen is Unsafe During Pregnancy

The excitement of pregnancy can be tempered by back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica, and even more regular headaches. As such, it might be tempting to look for something more powerful than paracetamol. This is where Ibuprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication which acts as a painkiller, comes in.

Did you know that Ibuprofen can potentially harm your baby if you’re pregnant?

There are numerous studies pointing to possible harm—the latest of which suggests Ibuprofen in the first trimester can affect the future fertility of a baby girl—but experts concur that more research is required.

If possible, it’s best to not use this medicine while you’re pregnant. If you’re in pain, for instance, back pain, you can take paracetamol. If it doesn’t work, then you should talk to your physician about an alternative. 

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Experts recommend avoiding Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) in the first six months of pregnancy, unless their potential benefit is greater than the possible risk to the developing baby. You should never use any types of NSAIDs for medication during trimester three unless it’s absolutely needed and your doctor advises you to.

During the first trimester (week 1-13), you should avoid using Ibuprofen because of the following reasons:

  • It can make miscarriage more likely to occur.
  • Your baby might develop some birth defects, such as a heart defect, a cleft palate, or defects in the abdominal wall.
  • According to the latest (2018) study, if you kept on taking Ibuprofen while pregnant and you gave birth to a baby girl, it may cause a “drastic loss” of germ cells that make the follicles which promote the development of a girl’s eggs.

Can Ibuprofen Cause Miscarriage?

It’s not clear whether using Ibuprofen in the first trimester raises the risk of a miscarriage. Research has shown that women who use NSAIDs during pregnancy are at higher risk of having a miscarriage than those who don’t. But some studies that have investigated Ibuprofen independently  from other NSAIDs revealed no connection at all with miscarriage.

What If I’ve Already Taken Ibuprofen?

If you’ve already had an intake of Ibuprofen either before you read about its risks or before you realized you were pregnant, chill out. A one-off dose won’t harm your child, even if you used it after week 30. The severe and scary Ibuprofen side effects tend to happen with chronic, repeated use of the drug.

If you took Advil for headache a few days ago and you’re more than 30 weeks pregnant, don’t worry. Your tot will be fine.

Avoiding Ibuprofen During Pregnancy

Paracetamol is considered the safest painkiller during pregnancy, but it might be ineffective for certain kinds of pain. If you’ve already tried everything but you’re still not okay, talk to your midwife or doctor about what you can take instead. Whichever medication you take, always use the lowest dose possible for the shortest possible time.  

If you have concerns about taking any medication during pregnancy, be sure to consult your doctor, pharmacist or midwife first.

How much can I Lift in my First Trimester?

How much can I Lift in my First Trimester?

Are you a pregnant woman who still wants to be fit by lifting? Or are you an expecting mom who’s nesting and itching to lift that heavy object that’s stopping you from cleaning or decorating your home? Try asking yourself this question then, “How much can I lift in my first trimester?”

Most people would think that carrying anything heavy while pregnant might put the baby and mom at risk, but it may not be the same for everyone. The amount of weight you can support during your first trimester is not set in stone.

Fit Pregnancy – Weight Lifting

Of course, women who’ve got other medical issues that limit weight lifting should stick to their original instructions when they’re not expecting, and ask their doctor if they should do some modification when it comes to lifting while pregnant.

As a general rule, working out by lifting an object below 25-30 pounds won’t harm an otherwise healthy expectant mom. As the pregnancy develops, a hormone known as Relaxin is produced, which can make heavy lifting an uncomfortable but harmless task. 

Whatever physical activity you engage in before getting pregnant is normally safe during pregnancy (save for activities that may lead to sudden jerking movements or falling). But always remember that you should listen to your body – it’ll tell you when you’ve had enough.

In general, you should never lift anything weighing more than 20 pounds when you’re pregnant. Although your physician might be okay with this restriction if you’re already used to lifting heavy items even before getting pregnant. Exercising with caution helps whenever you lift heavy objects, especially as your pregnancy develops.

Lifting Heavy Objects During Pregnancy

When you’re expecting, your joints lose some of their stability and your ligaments loosen, so it’s very easy to hurt yourself. As your bump grows, this also changes your center of gravity, putting extra pressure on the lower back and making it more susceptible to strain—particularly when you’re lifting a heavy item.

When your center of gravity shifts, this can affect your balance, making you more vulnerable and prone to falls. Not only that a severe fall harmful to you, but it might also be dangerous for the baby since it may result in placental abruption (also known as preterm labor).

Some studies indicate that lifting heavy objects repeatedly, for example, a task involving physical labor, may slightly raise the risk of getting a low-birth-weight baby or, even worse, a miscarriage. Another study revealed that lifting objects weighing 22-44 pounds in the first trimester can be related to a greater risk of preeclampsia.

Talk to your doctor about how much weight you can safely lift when pregnant. Also, always practice the following lifting tips when you’re pregnant:

  • Keep your back upright
  • Bend from your knees 
  • Use your legs instead of your back muscles
  • If the object you’re lifting puts a strain on you, don’t carry it 
  • Be cautious not to twist
  • Carry the object near your body

And if the nature of your job involves strenuous work or heavy lifting, make sure you know your legal rights and your state’s laws. As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. 😉

Lifting Heavy Stuff While Pregnant

There’s no definite limit when it comes to how much weight pregnant women can lift or carry. If you’ve got a 20-pound baby at home, you might need to carry and lift her every now and then.

Did you know that when you’re on the nesting phase of your pregnancy, you might be tempted to rearrange furniture by yourself – even the heavy ones? 😮

Certain situations need good judgement. Follow your instinct. After all, you’re a mom – a mother’s instincts never fails (or so they say). If you’re still having doubts, ask your doctor or midwife, or other experienced moms before making an attempt to lift something that you shouldn’t.

What Happens When One Twin Dies in the First Trimester?

What Happens When One Twin Dies in the First Trimester

Unfortunately, loss of pregnancy in the first trimester (early miscarriage) is common for both multiple and single pregnancies. It usually occurs due to the inability of an embryo to develop normally. In some cases, however, there’s no known cause or reason for losing a twin.

The loss of a twin during pregnancy typically happens in the first three months, often before mum even knows she’s having twins. In rare cases, this happens later on in the pregnancy.

You may be wondering what happens when one twin dies in the first trimester, so here’s what you need to know.

Loosing a Twin During Pregnancy

Losing one of your babies on the first trimester usually has no impact on the surviving developing baby. If you’re excited about having twins, you’re likely to feel empty when you realize you’ve lost one of the little ones.

If the result was a twin pregnancy before but you suddenly see just one baby on your recent scan, that only means that you’ve had the vanishing twin syndrome. And when a mother looses a twin in the first trimester, the tissue of the lost twin is then reabsorbed. In this situation, you might experience few symptoms or none at all, apart from some light bleeding or spotting and mild cramping.

If one twin dies in trimester two or three, the surviving twin is more likely to suffer complications. Your doctor will need to monitor you and your baby more carefully. He’ll try to strike the perfect balance between keeping your baby a bit longer in the womb, or determining if it’s safer for the baby to be delivered early.

Most kids whose twin dies in trimester two or three are born healthy. But there’s a higher risk of complications like cerebral palsy, especially for identical twins. Not to mention the fact that there might be a higher chance of getting into early labor.

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You might feel upset by the thought of the dead twin remaining in your uterus with the surviving twin. Then again, some women are comforted by the idea of their twins staying together. You might even feel guilty about being happy about your surviving child. Don’t worry, all of these feelings are completely understandable.

Your doctor (or midwife) can help you plan a delivery that meets your surviving baby’s needs, and respects your loss. Speaking with a bereavement midwife prior to the birth of your baby can also be useful. From there, you can get the help you need to get ready for birth, and talk about any funeral plans for the twin you’ve lost.

Get Support for Vanishing Twin Syndrome

Losing a twin especially can be a devastating experience. Many moms and dads may find it difficult to get the support they might need. They have their hands full looking after their newborn, but they’re still mourning the loss of the other baby. Amid the excitement of having a newborn, it’s vital to acknowledge your grief and find support if necessary.

If months later you feel as though you still aren’t coping well, or the problem is getting worse, speak to your midwife or doctor. They’ll be able to advise you about where to find local support or recommend to you a more structured counseling program.

What to Eat When Pregnant: First Trimester

what to eat during first trimester of pregnancy

Congratulations on beginning your trimester one of pregnancy. If you’ve previously tried and failed to rein in your craving for takeaway ice-cream and pizza, you probably didn’t have the right incentive: nurturing a healthy, gorgeous baby. It’s now especially important to know what to eat when pregnant.

Your body uses up the energy and nutrients supplied by what you eat to keep you strong, as well as nurture a healthy baby. A healthy diet during pregnancy contains all or most of the vital nutrients your body requires, and also has the correct balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat without excess calories.

While your dietary needs may stay the same throughout your pregnancy, you might not know what to eat on the first trimester of your pregnancy when you might be having nausea and morning sickness.

If you’re pregnant and need help on deciding what types of food should be included in your trimester one diet, this list should help you out.

Essential Nutrients 

Certain nutrients are essential throughout pregnancy to keep things ticking over nicely. You probably feel utterly exhausted and fed up all the time. This is due to your body working hard nonstop. 

You can take nutrient supplements or vitamins during pregnancy but it’s vital to consult your doctor or pharmacist first. Here are the most important nutrients in your first trimester and their sources:

Folic acid: Sources include citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and prenatal vitamins.

Choline: Found in eggs and red meat.

Iron: Found in poultry, red meat, seafood, greens, and beans.

Calcium: Sources include dark leafy greens and dairy (yogurt, cheese, and milk)

Vitamin A and D: Found in eggs and milk, as well as yellow, orange, and green vegetables and fruits.

Vitamin B12: Sources include red meat, seafood, poultry, and fortified cereals and breads.

Omega-3 fatty acids: Sources include fatty fish, fortified foods, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

Best Foods to Eat in the First Trimester

You require all the vital minerals and nutrients from an assorted diet in your first trimester. So, here are some of the best foods to eat for your first trimester diet.

Vegetables

Aim for 3-5 servings daily.

For the best range of nutrients, choose all sorts of vegetable colors. Select dark green vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli), orange vegetables (pumpkin, sweet potatoes, winter squash, carrots), red vegetables (red peppers, tomatoes), and yellow vegetables (yellow peppers, corn). 

Even better if you have a cup of fresh leafy greens like lettuce, or half a cup of chopped vegetables – raw or cooked.

Fruits 

Best to take 3-4 servings daily.

Pick fresh or canned natural juice instead of heavy syrup, and 100% fruit juice or dried fruit. Eat at least a citrus fruit daily (orange, tangerine, grapefruit) since it’s loaded with vitamin C.

And although fruits are great sources of nutrients for your pregnancy, you should still limit your intake to just one cup daily. Unlike whole fruits, juice doesn’t provide fiber and is also higher in calories (unless you skip the sugar).

Protein 

Try your best to have 2-3 servings daily.

Choose poultry, lean meats, eggs, and fish cooked with little amounts of fat. Lentils are also great protein sources, as well as beans (kidney, black, garbanzo, pinto), seeds, nuts, and split peas.

Hope you’re not allergic to nuts or dairy! 😊

Dairy Foods 

We recommend 3 servings daily.

Dairy foods supply the calcium that your bones need to stay strong and for your little one’s need to grow. 

To get adequate calcium, eat cheese and drink yogurt or milk. To minimize the intake of saturated fat and calories, choose non-fat or low-fat dairy foods. If you can’t digest milk, select lactose-free milk products like calcium-fortified soy milk, as well as calcium-fortified foods.

Whole Grains 

3 servings per day, if you can.

It’s best to eat at least 6 servings of grains daily; half of which should be purely whole grains. 

Well-known fact: whole grain cereals, breads, pasta, and crackers contain fiber, which is essential for proper bowel function during pregnancy. Moreover, whole grains can give your baby more energy, which is proven as vital for the formation of the placenta.

Other Food Recommendations For Trimester One

Morning sickness and nausea may last through your first trimester. Which means, you may also want to stock up on some tummy-friendly food items like crackers, pretzels, ginger ale, and flavored popsicles!

What to Eat on First Three Months of Pregnancy

This list of what to eat and what to drink in the first trimester of pregnancy is only a starting point. You can certainly adjust it based on your doctor’s recommendations. You can even take into consideration your dietary beliefs, sensitivities, and allergens. Always remember to take prenatal vitamins, too.

Your first trimester is critical since this is when different pregnancy risks may occur such as miscarriage or birth defects. Baby’s organs are just starting to develop so you’re growing little one needs the right type of nutrition. So watch what you eat and drink, and try to stay active as much as you can.