Whether it's your first pregnancy or your fifth, once you see those two lines on that pregnancy test, sh*t gets super real. You may even be a little anxious that you don't know what you're doing. Do you have to give up coffee for nine months? What's that thing you heard about cheese? What about alcohol — is any amount safe? Here are some first trimester dos and don'ts for your reference. But as always, every pregnancy is different. So be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before changing up your diet or starting a new exercise regimen.
The first trimester is an exciting, albeit stressful, time. There's the rush of excitement that you're finally going to be a mom, and then there's the anxiety of hoping everything turns out OK and the pregnancy is legitimate and it sticks. There's also anxiety about life changes that will happen once the baby arrives, and even during pregnancy. You can kiss that glass of wine before bed goodbye for a while, and if you love sushi? You can forget about it — for the next nine months at least. Like parenting, there is no "rulebook" for being pregnant, unless you count What To Expect When You're Expecting, which is basically like a pregnancy bible. But that book is several hundred pages long, and you may be looking for a quick and dirty guide... at least for the first trimester.