Category Archives: First Trimester

Find your Baby’s Estimated Due Date and Prepare for What’s Ahead

Calculating your baby’s estimated due date is simple. Just use the start of your last menstrual cycle as your starting point, add 40 weeks to it, and there you have it!

Knowing your baby’s estimated due date can help you plan for your new little one. However, it is important to prepare yourself for the unexpected. It is very rare for a baby to be born on their exact due date.

The journey of parenthood typically begins the moment you find out about your pregnancy either from a doctor or two little lines on a pregnancy test. When this happens, a flurry of questions may come up such as the all time favorite, “When is the baby due,” or even “What do I do now?” Knowing your baby’s estimated due date will help you better prepare for the journey that awaits you.

Parents with multiple children can especially agree that you cannot be one hundred percent prepared for everything that can possibly happen. The important thing is to do what it takes to prepare yourself as much as possible so you’ll have a smooth sailing pregnancy.

Here are a few things to consider during your first month of pregnancy:

  • Double check that you are really pregnant by taking a second or even third pregnancy test
  • Ask your healthcare provider for information on how you can maintain top notch health for you and the development of your baby.
  • Start taking prenatal vitamins
  • Read books, books, and more books on pregnancy
  • Maintain healthy habits and nutrition
  • Take cute belly pictures
  • Quit smoking & drinking
  • Research morning sickness remedies such as ginger or acupressure bands
  • Find resources for potential baby names such as books and websites. Check this out for starters! 
  • Speak with your healthcare provider about any medications you may be taking
  • Drink lots of water! Incase you’re having trouble with this, here are other ways you can stay hydrated. 
  • Learn relaxation techniques to reduce stress

These are just a few items to help you better prepare during your first month of pregnancy. Also, building a strong support system of friends and family will make sure this life changing journey will be full of joy and excitement.

How to Find the Best Name for Your Child

One of the most important decisions you will have to take as a future parent is naming your baby. The process of selecting a name often results in pressure and stress. The good news is, no matter how long it will take you, the decision will be made eventually. Sometimes you just need to see the baby to know his name. Here are some tips to make the process easier for parents-to-be:

  • Start discussing the options with your partner as soon as possible. If you are going to be a single parent, choose a few people you can confide in and talk through the ideas. Remember, the decision does not have to be taken overnight; it is okay if it takes days or months!
  • Accept suggestions from relatives and friends courteously but do not give in to pressure to name your child something you do not like. It is a good idea to start a list of names that you and your partner like, and cross out the ones that do not make the cut as you go.
  • If you like two names, consider either using both as the first and middle name for your baby or ‘saving’ the name for the next child. As a way to reach a compromise, some couples decide that the woman will have a final say in naming the first child, and the husband will name the second one.
  • Use the ‘opposites attract’ rule: if your last name is long, choose a shorter first name for your baby and vice versa. Similarly, if your child will have a unique sounding last name, go for a simpler first name.
  • If you and your partner come from different cultures, you might want to pick a more neutral name that would not identify your child with one culture only.
  • Finally, research the meaning of the name you like and see how that fits with your vision. Make sure the name will not make an embarrassing nickname for your child later in life.

Don’ t make the mistake of worrying much about choosing the name. Instead, have fun exploring the options and enjoy the anticipation of meeting your little one.