Week 5: Time to think about coping with nausea and vomitting during early pregnancy.

BirthWatch Tips
  • Thinking of conceiving? Start taking prenatal vitamins with 800 micrograms of folate or folic acid before you are pregnant to insure you have adequate levels before you conceive a baby. Having adequate levels of this nutrient helps insure your baby won't have neural tub defects and can help prevent premature delivery. March of Dimes
  • Congratulations on your new pregnancy! Now is the time to gather the resources and people you need make smart, informed decisions. Think about who or what will help: Your partner? Your family? Friends? Health care provider? Books? Classes? Lamaze International
  • Think about taking an early pregnancy class to help you understand prenatal choices. Midwives, birth centers and birth doulas, baby stores and hospitals offer early pregnancy classes to newly pregnant women. Education! When you know better, you do better. (Maya Angelou) Lamaze International
  • You may begin to feel more nausea as the placenta develops further. Try eating several small meals instead of 3 large meals and make sure you're eating some protein at every meal. Try ginger or peppermint to calm the queasiness. The Mayo Clinic

Tips for Week 4

Tips for Week 6

BirthWatch Recommends:

Pregnancy, Childirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide

The definitive guide on pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn. No really, if you have to buy one book, this is the one to own. It is complete, it is not at all fluffy but it is friendly. It presumes you are smart enough to make your own choices given the facts. You will gain confidence in your abilities to sustain a healthy pregnancy, birth your baby, and competently care for your newborn.

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