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Congratulations!

Nursery® welcomes all expectant and new parents to the most amazing journey of a lifetime. Our new health section offers information and insights we hope you enjoy in the precious months ahead – during pregnancy and after
your baby arrives.

Expectations

The best protection for a healthy pregnancy and birth is early prenatal care. Work closely with your doctors, nurses and/or midwives. There will be a lot of appointments. Keep them! There will be important blood work and tests. Follow up and stay informed every step of the way.

Health professionals can recommend books, classes and online resources for ongoing support and education. Sign up, start reading and never be afraid to ask questions. There is a lot to learn!

Trimester one

Expectations Trimester One Feelings

Feelings

Given the sudden release of powerful, pregnancy hormones, it’s little wonder many women experience emotional swings in early pregnancy. It’s normal, and quite common, for feelings to shift from wonder and joy to irritability and uncertainty.

Expectations Trimester One Physical Changes

Physical changes

Fatigue, frequent urination and breast tenderness often occur during this stage. Some women experience food aversions and nausea.

Expectations Trimester One Morning Sickness

Morning sickness

  • It can strike at any time of the day or night (not just in the morning).
  • It usually begins in the first trimester but can last throughout pregnancy.
  • Frequent snacking, sipping ginger ale or water with lemon may help relieve nausea. Ask your doctor if taking vitamin B6 may also help.

Severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) is rare and can be dangerous. Unrelenting nausea or vomiting may require medical treatment (including IV fluids) to prevent dehydration, weight loss and premature contractions.

Expectations Trimester One Nutrition

Nutrition

Guidelines for pregnant women follow the same tenets as general good nutrition: a healthy, balanced diet of nourishing, whole foods. Your health team can offer specifics on the importance of folic acid, calcium, iron and protein and recommend special prenatal vitamins or dietary supplements.

Avoid raw eggs or shellfish, processed or undercooked meats and unpasteurized juice or dairy products. General fluid needs increase during pregnancy. The current recommendation is to drink about 10 cups of fluids each day. Your urine should appear pale in color. Limit caffeine and eliminate alcohol altogether. If you are a smoker, talk to your doctor about ways to stop.

Activity Checklist

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Look for prenatal exercise or yoga classes in your area.

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Rearrange your schedule to make sure you get the rest you need – treat yourself to a pregnancy massage!

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Start looking for childbirth, breast-feeding and infant CPR/safety classes.

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Look into details of your health insurance and maternity/paternity leave coverage.

Trimester two

Expectations Trimester Two Feelings

Feelings

As some of the unpleasant symptoms of early pregnancy begin to ease, many women experience more of a sense of well-being during these middle months. Enjoy this time. The focus is on you!

Expectations Trimester Two Physical Changes

Physical changes

The baby bump officially arrives! Ligaments begin to stretch and may cause occasional abdominal aches and itchiness. And then, those first flutters. The baby begins to move around and expectant parents actually can feel the connection.

Expectations Trimester Two Water

Importance of water

Water helps carry crucial nutrients through your blood to the baby. Leading medical organizations emphasize:

  • Good hydration helps prevent urinary tract infections, constipation and fatigue, all common problems during and after pregnancy.
  • Water helps flush your system: Though it may seem counterintuitive, the more you drink, the less fluid you retain.

Track your fluid intake by filling a container with your target amount and make it a goal to finish it by the end of each day. Want a little extra flavor? Try adding a wedge of lemon or lime.

Expectations Trimester Two Pregnancy Weight Gain

Pregnancy weight gain

Gradual weight gain over the course of your pregnancy is important to your baby’s growth and development. Eating for two does not mean eating twice as much – but eating right. Your intake should increase steadily to an extra 300-350 calories in the second trimester and up to 450 during the last three months. There are, of course, exceptions to any formula. These are general guidelines:

Pre-pregnancy weight
Recommended weight gain

Underweight

28-40 pounds

Normal weight

25-35 pounds

Overweight

15-25 pounds

If you’re expecting multiples, you may need to gain more. Your healthcare provider can determine what’s right for you.

Activity Checklist

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Sign up for childbirth/breastfeeding/newborn classes.

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Talk to your healthcare provider regarding hospital pre-registration.

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Make a list of baby clothing essentials and equipment.

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Select maternity clothes (borrow or buy secondhand if you can).

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Conduct a safety check of your home with baby proofing in mind.

Trimester three

Expectations Trimester Three Feelings

Feelings

During these final months, mixed emotions of apprehensiveness and excitement are common. It is understandable to be nervous about labor, delivery and your baby’s health. You also may be feeling weary and ready for all this to be over. Conversely, you may experience extra spurts of energy as the nesting process kicks in.

Expectations Trimester Three Physical Changes

Physical changes

The baby is on the move and you may likely experience the unforgettable sensation of a tiny heel or elbow inching across your tummy. Overall discomfort may increase. Back pain, bloating, constipation, leg cramps and heartburn are all usual late-pregnancy symptoms. Rest as much as you can. And hang in there – you’re in the home stretch!

Expectations Trimester Three Oral Health

Oral health

Good oral health and hygiene are extremely important during pregnancy. There’s evidence that the bacteria that causes tooth decay can pass from mother to child through the saliva. So every expectant mom should see her dentist and make sure her own teeth are in good shape.

In addition, now’s the time to talk with your health team about oral care for your newborn, such as how to wipe your baby’s mouth with gauze after each and every feeding.

Activity Checklist

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Attend childbirth/newborn preparation classes, preferably with your partner.

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Identify a lactation consultant in your area for breastfeeding support.

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Tour the maternity section of the hospital where you will deliver.

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Ready the nursery with swaddling blankets, diapers and other baby basics.

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Prepare and freeze meals for after the baby is born.

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Purchase and install a baby car seat.

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Pack your bag for the hospital.

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Plan the driving route.