So you just found out you’re pregnant! This can be exciting or overwhelming information, depending on your current situation. Whether this was an expected situation or not, finding out that you’re pregnant can bring about many emotions. Today I’m going to share the first 5 things you should do that first time you see those two lines that tell you that you’re expecting.
So You Found Out You’re Pregnant! What’s Next?
Contact Your Doctor or Midwife
Now that your at-home pregnancy test said you’re pregnant, it’s time to confirm the details with your doctor or midwife. This will allow you to set your first appointment to confirm your pregnancy and discuss family history and other health concerns to prepare for this pregnancy.
Start Getting Folic Acid
While you can opt to go with a prescription prenatal vitamin, many have simply chosen to take a daily multivitamin that includes folic acid. Folic acid is extremely important to keep the baby developing healthily. Folic acid helps reduce the risks of brain and spinal cord problems.
Stop or Reduce Bad Habits
Some bad habits can harm your unborn baby, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, and caffeine. It’s essential to work on stopping these bad habits as soon as possible. Any action, decision, or even choices that could cause harm to your child needs to be reduced and/or cut out completely.
Here’s the deal-breaker … you really don’t have to think that you need to eat for two literally. It’s crucial to start making a list of healthy food options you can enjoy. This will help you start focusing on healthy food and drink choices from the moment you find out you’re expecting. Thus, making the adjustment easier.
If you’re currently on any medications, be sure to check with your doctor or midwife immediately. Find out if any of your current medicines could possibly harm your unborn child. That way, you’re able to find replacement medications or find other means to continue caring for yourself without having or causing any ill-side effects to your baby.
Being pregnant is hard enough. Growing a child and carrying one to term is exhausting. Even more if it is associated with other complications. Hopefully this post helps you prepare even in just a little way to make your transition to motherhood a lot more seamless. In case you’re not expecting, feel free to pass along this post or share it with someone who is currently pregnant or is planning to be. Until next post! xx
There you have it, the first 5 things you should do when you find out you’re pregnant. Again, this could be a happy or stressful time for you, we’re all impacted by pregnancy differently. Regardless of how you feel about this pregnancy, you must still take care of your health as well as your baby’s health.