5 Things You Should Do In The Beginning Of Your Pregnancy
So you just found out about your Pregnancy? Congrats, Mom!
I found out about my pregnancy on December 18, 2018. A co-worker called to announce her pregnancy and my first thought was: “Did I even get my period this month?” Nope, my period was indeed 4 Days late.
I just got off birth control in October and I didn’t get my period in November either. After all the pregnancy tests I took were negative, my doctor explained that my hormonal fluctuations were the reason for it.
So when my period didn’t show up in December, I didn’t think much out of it, but still took a pregnancy test when I got back home from work. Little did I know that when I went back into the bathroom 30 Minutes later to look at my test, it would be a big fat positive!
Once you hold that positive pregnancy test in your hand, there are 5 Important Steps to take right after:
1. Tell Your Partner
My Husband was taking a shower when I picked up the pregnancy test. I grabbed the test without looking at it first and took it with me to the kitchen. Once I saw the very clear second line, I freaked out. I ran into the living room, closed the door, and looked at it another time, just to make sure that my eyes aren’t playing a trick on me. My first thought was: You HAVE to surprise him once he gets out of the shower.
So I sat there, for 12 seconds, totally convinced to wait, until I freaked out again, ran back to our bathroom, opened the shower door, and threw the test towards him while screaming: “I AM PREGNANT”. I know, not the best way to tell your partner those news.
For some reason, I thought I’m just hallucinating the second line and he would tell me any minute. But he didn’t. Instead, he finished his shower, got out, came into our bedroom, gave me a big hug, and even squeezed out a few tears.
We were both shocked but also super excited and took another three tests, just to make sure. I may didn’t plan the most romantic announcement, but it was still more than magical to us.
2. Tell Your Doctor
Your gynecologist will be able to confirm your pregnancy with a blood-test or Ultrasound.
Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you will receive helpful and necessary information about your pregnancy, your baby, and how to act and proceed in the next months.
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3. Get An App
Have you ever wondered why a lot of women always know the size of their Baby at any given moment? They are most likely using a pregnancy app! Most of them describe or show you the exact size of your baby, sometimes even based on fruits or vegetables.
But there are many other great features as well. The pregnancy app I use frequently shows me new facts about the pregnancy stage I am in. While writing this article, I’m in week 6, so the app tells me a bunch of useful tips about how to overcome morning sickness and what to eat when I feel nauseous. After you typed in the day of your last period, the app will calculate your expected delivery date as well as how many weeks you have been pregnant.
There are so many great pregnancy apps out there. And most of them are free! My app is called: Pregnancy +, which is a great, free app. If your country or App Store doesn’t offer the app, just type in “Pregnancy App” in the search bar of your store and look for those apps that are the most popular and fit your budget.
4. Get Prenatal Vitamins
Even if you have the most healthy diet, there can always be some nutritional gaps you are not aware of. Prenatal vitamins contain many vitamins and minerals, while the following are especially important:
- Folic acid
It helps to prevent neural tube birth defects, which affect the brain and spinal cord.
It helps to prevent moms from losing their own bone density as the baby uses calcium for its own bone growth.
A deficiency in Iodine can cause stunted physical growth, severe mental disability, and deafness. Not enough Iodine can also lead to a miscarriage.
It helps the blood, of both the mom and the baby, to carry oxygen.
I am obviously not a nutritionist or doctor. For more information and specific questions, please always consult your gynecologist.
5. Clean Up Your Diet
Well, this one is self-explanatory. A healthy diet can reduce diseases and promote a long, happy life. So when you are pregnant, it will be even more important to eat healthy, since you are now eating for two! Your baby needs all the nutrients you can provide to grow and become a strong and healthy child.
A well balanced and healthy diet has numerous benefits for both of you:
- Reduce Pregnancy Complications
- Reduce the Incidence of Birth Defects
- Ensure a healthy weight for you and your baby
- Helps to lose weight faster after giving birth
The most important step: Enjoy every minute!
If you want to know more about Pregnancy, make sure to check out my other posts:
- 10 Facts Every First Time Mom Should Know About Pregnancy
- 5 Facts Every Husband Should Know About Pregnancy
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