Whether you were seriously trying for a baby or not, seeing those 2 lines on a pregnancy test is usually one of the most intense moments of a woman’s life. It can be exciting, scary, unreal, and just about every other emotion you can think of.
Once you’ve gone through those first emotions you may wonder what to do next. Don’t worry I have you covered! Here is a list of things I recommend doing once you become pregnant.
- If you already have a doctor or midwife picked out give them a call to set up your first prenatal appointment. Remember that first appointments are not usually set until you are 7-10 weeks along.If you don’t have a provider picked out now is the time to talk to either your general practitioner, friends, and/or relatives for recommendations. Remember not every provider is right for every woman. I’ve compiled a list of questions to help you make the right choice in provider .
- Pick up one or more pregnancy books.
- Begin learning about the physiology of pregnancy and birth through books and websites. Understanding what is happening to your body through this journey will help you to become more comfortable and confident.
- Pick up a good lotion and begin using immediately to help avoid stretch marks.
- Begin learning about different tests and procedures that may be done during your pregnancy and delivery. You have the right to informed consent and refusal. Learning about these things will allow you to make the right choices for yourself and your baby.
- Prepare to deal with early pregnancy fatigue, nausea, and bloating. Eat healthy, give yourself ample time to rest, and just take good care of yourself. Remember to give yourself grace and don’t expect to keep up with your usual routine if you don’t feel up to it.
- Check with your chosen medical provider before continuing your regular fitness routine, but remember that for low risk pregnancies there is rarely a need to stop. Your body will usually tell you what and how much it can handle and remaining active can help you to achieve a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
- Decide when, how, and with whom you would like to share the news.
- Enjoy!! Even though early pregnancy can often be uncomfortable it is such a special time. Take the time to reflect upon the new life within and enjoy your special status as a mother to be!