So you bought a bunch of pregnancy tests and the stick (or sticks as the case maybe) turned pink (or blue or said “pregnant” depending on the brand you used!!) so now what. Whether the pregnancy is planned or a complete surprise, there are bound to be a ton of emotions running through you. Everything from complete joy, to fear, to anxiety, to disbelief, the emotions are endless.
As you digest this news and deal with all the new feelings the question is what to do now. Now that the test says you’re going to have a baby, what things do you need to make sure you do, what changes should you make.
- First things first, call you your doctor or midwife to have the pregnancy confirmed by a professional and get checked out. Good prenatal care starts with early appointments with your doctor and making sure everything starts out as best as can be.
- If you are not already taking prenatal vitamins, start now. Your baby will make many developmental changes very early in your pregnancy. The vitamins and minerals in a prenatal vitamin are very important in those early days and weeks, especially folic acid which is proven to prevent neural tube defects.
- Now is the time to give up any of those vices such as alcohol, smoking, and illegal (or legal) drugs. All have been proven to impact fetal development when consumed during pregnancy so the earlier you give these up the better.
- If you are taking any drugs for chronic health problems talk to your doctor about whether they are safe to take during pregnancy or you need to make some changes.
- Start working on that healthy diet and exercise plan. Your doctor should be able to advise you on what foods you should make sure you have and those you should avoid, and can let you know what exercise is recommended for you early in pregnancy.
Most importantly, enjoy yourself during this very new and very exciting time .
On a personal note, I am very honored and pleased to announce that this is my 100th post here at Let’s Talk Babies. Thanks for all the visits, comments, and fun over the last several months. Here’s to the next 100 posts.