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First Trimester (1–12 weeks)
q See Your Doctor
Seeing your doctor early and regularly while you’re expecting is one of the best things you
can do to assure a healthy pregnancy. If he hasn’t already, your doctor is likely to ask that
you have blood drawn for several blood tests in the near future.
q Read This Information Folder
This folder contains a wealth of information about your pregnancy, your stay in the hospital
and getting ready for a baby. Please read it carefully and follow the directions about the
paperwork. In the back of the folder is a packet of forms you’ll need to fill out just before
you come into the hospital for your pre-admission interview.
q Contact Your Insurance Company
It’s a good idea to learn what your insurance covers during your pregnancy, hospital stay, and
for baby care. Most plans do not cover all expenses and some procedures are not covered at
all. If you are currently uninsured or have financial concerns, feel free to contact Willamette
Falls Hospital’s financial counselor at 503/650-6253. She will be happy to answer your
questions and assist you as needed.
q Take the Birthplace Online Tour
Willamette Falls Hospital has a website where you can access information about the hospital
and Birthplace. To view photos of birthing rooms and more, visit www.wfhf.org/birthplace.
q Take Care of Yourself
• In the first few months of pregnancy, it is not unusual to feel tired, so rest whenever you
have a chance.
• Morning sickness and heartburn are also common; wearing looser fitting clothes and
eating smaller, more frequent meals may help. In most cases this lessens after your
• Be sure to take folic acid and prenatal vitamins and check with your care provider about
additional iron or calcium supplements. Drinking 6–8 glasses of fluid a day will keep you
well hydrated. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeinated drinks during your pregnancy.
• Sore, tender or sensitive breasts are signs that your body is prepa