If you’re anything like me, your first three months of pregnancy are stressful. You want to do everything right, but it's hard when pregnancy advice is confusing and seems to conflict with conventional wisdom or common sense. Worse, pregnancy rules and guidelines are totally different now than they were when your mom was pregnant, and possibly even when you were previously pregnant. Fortunately, there are some pregnancy precautions in the first three months that you probably shouldn't ignore, according to experts in the know.
According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), it's important to eat a balanced diet during pregnancy. You might have to forgo some of your favorite foods and drinks for the time being, though, as they pose a risk of illness, pregnancy complications, or birth defects. On the bright side, according to the same site, a little caffeine is OK, as long as you don't overdo it.
On the health front, you might already know you need to find an obstetrics provider and make an appointment for a prenatal visit during your first three months of pregnancy. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), these visits can be crucial for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, and give you an opportunity to ask questions about pregnancy dos and don'ts. According to Mayo Clinic, your provider will likely recommend you get tested for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) during your first trimester, and talk to you about whether or not you should actually use condoms to reduce your risk.
For more information on these and other precautions every pregnant woman should take in their first three months of pregnancy, read on: