If this is your first pregnancy then you are lost in space. Getting pregnant is one of the most exciting things. But it can also make you really anxious especially when you don’t know what to do. This is why I decided to write this post and help those first-time moms out there. I hope this post will help ease your mind a little bit.
It doesn’t matter if your pregnancy is planned or not, these things are essential.
What to do when you found out you are pregnant?
These are some things which are my opinion on what you should do when you found out you are pregnant.
First, Congratulations! You are going to be a mommy! You are pregnant! This is the time when a lot of things can run through your mind. There are just so many things that pregnancy brings with itself. Sometimes is not that easy. One of the most common thoughts that go through your mind is probably “What in the world should I do now?!”
You are in the right place if you are reading this post. Don’t worry! I have some great and helpful tips to do once you find out you are pregnant.
If you know you are pregnant then probably this is something you already did. Most women do this test once they realize they missed their period. And this is actually when you are 4 weeks pregnant.
First, find a doctor. I know this can be very hard if you don’t know anyone yet. Read some reviews and what people have to say and make some research. Every doctor is different so it is very important to call and make an appointment. Usually, this is somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks pregnant. Some will take you earlier and some will make you wait a bit longer. Your first OB appointment is very important. You will discuss your medical history, review some medications, ask some questions and do some urine and blood work.
TAKE PRENATAL VITAMINS
Yes! This is very important. If you were trying to get pregnant maybe you already take prenatal vitamins but if you didn’t, now is the time to start. Folic acid is very important in the first trimester.
TELL YOUR PARTNER
If you didn’t make the test together now is the time to tell him. This can be romantic, funny or simple. The choice is yours. You can find a lot of interesting ideas on how to tell your partner you are pregnant. Don’t forget that he is a parent too.
DECIDE WHEN TO ANNOUNCE YOUR PREGNANCY
Decide if you want to announce your pregnancy now or wait. Usually, it is recommended to wait at least until the second trimester. But of course, you can tell your parents and close friends sooner. After the first 13 weeks, the chance of miscarriage drops drastically. This is why most couples wait but everyone is different.
DOWNLOAD PREGNANCY APP
This is really cool. There are some great apps that tell you how your baby is every week and give you great tips. Also, some of these have discussion boards so you can ask questions and get some support from other mommies. You can calculate your due date on these apps before you make an appointment with your doctor or midwife. This is great if you don’t feel great about reading pregnancy books.
PREPARE FOR EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS
I already have a post about early pregnancy symptoms. Check it out if you haven’t and don’t worry if you don’t have them yet. Every woman is different and every pregnancy is different too. But it is very important to be prepared for everything that is coming. Educate yourself about what is common and normal. You can check out some early pregnancy symptoms before missed period here.
START A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Maybe you are already living a healthy lifestyle but if you aren’t this is the time to start. Stop with your bad habits and start to eat healthily. Also, it is great to exercise but be very careful with the intensity.
PREPARE QUESTIONS AND RESEARCH
When you found out you are pregnant you are full of questions. Start writing down. You can ask your doctor, midwife or just make an online research. Just be careful with this because you can read everything online.
FIND STRESS RELIEF TECHNIQUES
Pregnancy is very stressful so this is the time when you need to start searching for natural ways to distress. Here you can find some great stress relief techniques and prepare for what is coming.