Pregnancy to-do's for every trimester

Pregnancy to-do's for every trimester

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  • To-do's for any time

    Here are a few things to think about doing throughout your pregnancy, from staying well hydrated to taking a series of belly photos.

  • Drink water

    During pregnancy you need about 10 8-ounce glasses of water or other beverages each day (80 fluid ounces). You may need more if it's warm out or you're exercising. Keep an eye on your urine color – if you're well hydrated, it should be clear or pale yellow.

  • Stretch

    Stretching keeps you more flexible, prevents your muscles from tightening, and makes you feel looser and more relaxed.

    Check out these soothing pregnancy stretches.

  • Take a pregnancy power nap

    When fatigue makes it hard to get through the day, revive yourself with a 15-minute snooze. If you're at work, find a place you can escape to (close your office door, use a conference room, or even sit in your car) and set the alarm on your cell phone.

  • Have healthy snacks on hand

    When hunger attacks, it helps to have snacks that pack a nutritional punch ready in your desk, purse, or car. And if you're suffering from morning sickness, munching on a simple snack like crackers throughout the day or before you get out of bed can ease nausea.

    Get ideas for healthy pregnancy snacks.

  • Try a relaxation technique

    Deep breathing, guided imagery, prenatal yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation can help you stay on an even keel – and sleep better.

    Learn how to do these relaxation techniques.

  • Take a quick walk

    A 15- to 20-minute walk can help boost your energy levels when you're exhausted.

    Find out why walking is such a great pregnancy exercise.

  • Eat a pregnancy superfood

    To give your pregnancy a nutritional boost, nosh on colorful fruits and veggies, eggs, salmon, sweet potatoes, yogurt, walnuts, beans, and more.

  • Write down a pregnancy memory

    Whether you keep a formal journal or just jot down a few notes when the spirit moves you, you'll love sharing these pregnancy stories with your child someday.

    Get tips on writing a pregnancy diary.

  • Track your weight gain

    Your caregiver will monitor your pregnancy weight to make sure you're in a healthy range and gaining at an appropriate pace. You can also use our pregnancy weight gain tool to stay on track.

    Use our Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator.

  • Do something nice for yourself

    If you're feeling up to it, go to a movie, have dinner out, get a pedicure, or do something else you enjoy. You deserve it – pregnancy is hard work!

    Get ideas for looking and feeling great during pregnancy.

  • Check in with a friend

    Pregnancy is an emotional roller coaster. Ease your mind by sharing your fears, hopes, and excitement with a friend or a fellow mom-to-be in BabyCenter's Community.

    You may also want to take a look at our list of what not to worry about when you're expecting.

  • Know the signs of a pregnancy problem

    Here's a rundown of symptoms that could be a sign of a problem. If you have any of these complaints, call your doctor or midwife immediately.

  • Take belly photos

    Taking a picture of your belly at regular intervals is a great way to document your growing bump. For inspiration, visit our pregnant bellies photo gallery.

  • Have sex if you feel like it

    If you're feeling amorous (and you don't have any complications that may make sex dangerous), go ahead – you won't hurt your baby.

    Find out more about having sex during pregnancy.

Jenny is an editor and journalist living in Oakland, CA.

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