5 things you can do for a healthy first trimester

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Start off with a few good basics to see you through your pregnancy

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Whilst some women might not notice any big changes during their first twelve weeks of pregnancy, it's still important to make changes and start looking after your body and unborn baby as best you can.

Here are a few things to consider doing in those first few weeks.

1. Stop smoking

Quitting is the most important thing you can do to improve your baby's health. Stopping smoking is never easy but the NHS offers free support to help you. Talk to your midwife, GP or pharmacist for more information.

2. Find your own cure for morning sickness

If you're suffering with nausea try different foods and drinks that might make you feel better. Ginger tea can help, so can lemon juice and nibbling on dry crackers. Try a few things out and see what works best for you. If you find anything that works for you, leave a comment below and share your morning sickness stories.

3. Eat healthy

Eating a variety of foods will help your baby to get the range of nutrients that it needs to develop and be healthy. These include 5 portions of fruit and veg, starchy food like bread and pasta (try and eat wholemeal versions of this food if you can!), protein which is found in foods like chicken. eggs, beans and nuts and diary products like milk semi-skinned, or 1% fat milk and low fat hard cheese.

4. Ditch the high heels

Stick to comfortable flat shoes that will allow for swollen ankles. Staying active throughout pregnancy is important and a walk round the block in some ballet flats is much easier than trotting about in stilettos.

5. Get yourself a handy guide to pregnancy

Have a look at the Start4Life website and read up on what you can expect for the next nine months.

For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life
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