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:

The Business of Being Born

This is a DVD. Watch this DVD (available for purchase at Amazon.com or at your local library or through Netflix) in your 1st or early 2nd trimester and think about how your prenatal appointments are going. Are you satisfied with your care provider? Are your appointments long enough for you to get answers to all your questions? Do you leave feeling listened to and respected? The Business of Being Born can help you sort out your feelings about what you need in a maternity care provider. If your fit isn't right now, it's not going to improve in the labor and delivery room. Continue to shop around for the care provider that fits you best.

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