Congratulations!  You have become pregnant, and are about to embark on one of the greatest journeys of your life.  There are a few things you can do during this first few months to make sure your pregnancy is a healthy and happy one:

_____  CELEBRATE!!!  Plan an announcement party with family and friends, or a romantic dinner with your partner to celebrate this exciting event.

_____  Schedule your first prenatal visit with your physician when you’re about nine weeks along. Discuss how often you will need to visit her for checkups.

_____  Discuss any medications you are taking with your physician.

_____  Start taking a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid.

_____  Begin reading books about pregnancy.  While each woman is different, a goal of at least one good book a trimester is a good start.

_____  If you haven’t already, quit using recreational or illicit drugs, and stop smoking.

_____  Start drinking lots of fluids, particularly water.  Set a goal of 8 glasses a day.

_____  If your family has a history of genetic disorders, consider prenatal testing.

_____  Decide where you want to have your baby, whether at home, a birth center or a hospital.

_____  Consider starting a pregnancy diary and having someone take a picture of you (and your expanding belly) each month.

_____  Start getting a good night’s sleep every night.

_____  Listen to your body’s signals, such as morning sickness and exhaustion.

_____  Establish a support system of friends, family and caregivers.

_____  Enroll in prenatal exercise classes.

_____  Have someone take a photo of you every month so that you will have a record of how your body changed during pregnancy.

_____  Register yourself and your partner for a pregnancy class.

First Trimester Pregnancy Checklist