First Steps First Month Riverside Birth Place
If you have received your First Steps newsletter for a month that's earlier than the month of pregnancy you're actually experiencing, don't worry. We know where you are. We want you to have these early issues because there's a good chance you'll find some information that may be helpful even though you're already beyond that point. We'll speed up delivery of these earlier newsletters (but not your delivery!) to catch up to where you are. And once we do, you can count on getting your newsletter each month until one month after your baby is born.
It's not easy feeling queasy: What you should know about morning sickness
If it's any consolation, about four out of five women experience nausea during early pregnancy.
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Tools and Tips for Month One Tip and Tools
Food: Eating in a healthier way includes choosing a variety of foods from the recommended food groups and drinking at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
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The Exercise Zone What kinds of exercise and how much?
It is recommended that you do some type of moderate exercise for half an hour or more on most days, or every day of the week, unless your doctor advises otherwise.
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    The Inside Story on your baby baby foot print graphic
  • Hard to imagine, but your baby is about the size of a dime.
  • The eyes, mouth and head have just begun to form and the arms and legs are starting to grow.
  • Your baby's heart has begun to beat and the lungs have begun to form.
  • At the end of this month, your baby is about half an inch long.

What's happening with your body?

  • You've missed your period and discover you may be pregnant.
  • You feel the need to urinate more frequently during your first month.
  • Your breasts are tender and slightly bigger.
  • You may start craving weird foods and certain smells may begin to bother you.

Things you'll want to remember this month

  • Get a pregnancy test to confirm what you may already be thinking.
  • Start eating a balanced diet with plenty of milk and milk products.
  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluids, preferably water, each day.
  • Share your thoughts and concerns about having a baby with your family, your friends and your doctor.
  • STOP smoking, drinking alcohol or using any types of drugs (including any prescription drugs until you have talked with your doctor) and avoid caffeinated drinks and junk food.

And we almost forgot, after you've taken care of everything you should do this month, be sure to relax! Relaxing is something you'll want to do as much as possible over the next nine months.

When you gotta go
Pregnancy and more frequent urination definitely go together for some good reasons: hormones, increased bodily fluid levels, your baby's movement (in later pregnancy), and the fact that your kidneys are working harder to flush waste products out of your body. So relax, check out where the nearest restroom is when you are out and remember these two simple suggestions:

  1. Avoid coffee, tea, colas and other caffeinated drinks.
  2. Do Kegel exercises by squeezing down on the muscles you use to stop the flow of urine and hold them for 10 seconds. Do it around 15 times in a row at least three times a day. The Kegels will come in handy for labor and delivery, too.

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