When you hear the big news, it can be difficult to get to grips with the changes that are happening and going to happen in your life. Pregnancy, however, is like any new stage in life and with a little care and preparation, you will feel that you have taken care what needs to be done for the big event. Here is a little ‘to-do’ list that you can use to compare your own level of preparation against.
What to do in the first trimester?
If you are sure that you are pregnant, your first move should be to examine the calendar. Start to adjust your lifestyle accordingly and make sure your activities are safe to do during pregnancy. Explore insurance options and change harmful lifestyle habits such as quitting smoking and making sure you eat healthy. Start taking prenatal vitamins and watch your body weight.
Figure out when you are going for your prenatal check-ups, make those appointments and start to list the options you have for prenatal testing. There are a number of tests that can give you a picture of your baby’s health and alert you to the risk of chromosomal problems and birth defects. According to an article in The Economic Times, new born babies can be screened for up to 70 potentially life threatening disorders.
What to do in the Second trimester?
Now is a good time to join a prenatal exercise class. Kegels exercise routines are a good addition as they keep the pelvic muscles strong. Do the essential groundwork and plan when you are going to take maternity leave, if required. You should also take a look at your home and look at ways to make it safer for babies, such as installing fly screens on the windows to keep insects out or any other home improvement ideas you might get keeping in mind the new addition to the family. Ensure that the baby’s bed, room, bed clothes and clothes are all clean and meet safety requirements.
What to do in the Third trimester?
By the third trimester, you will be able to feel the baby move. Talk to your baby and start the bonding process and keep a track of your baby’s movements. It is important to pay attention to your own nutritional needs as you are actually responsible for two. Decide on what to do when the baby comes, figure out the route to your hospital, keep important numbers within easy reach and prepare a hospital bag with everything you might need in case you have to rush to the hospital.
In keeping with the importance of early detection of problems, genetic or metabolic diseases cannot be overlooked. While awareness of the importance of neonatal screening is increasing, most people are still unaware of the latest procedures and technology available, such as collecting stem cells for storage in a cord blood bank. A cord blood bank is a facility that stores umbilical cord blood that contain stem cells. Stem cells can be used in the treatment of a very wide range of diseases and can be stored for decades in a frozen state. India has the highest number of babies born with genetic disorders (1,30,000 per year), according to a report in the Indian Express. Clearly, prevention of such issues is better than dealing with the complications in later life.