Pregnancy Test Positive: What Now?Alison Wood | 8, May 2013
Two pink lines moved across the screen. You gulp, rub your eyes and look again. "Pregnant?" you think. "Really? I'm pregnant!" you squeal in delight. Hmmm... now what? You never got this far before. What comes next?
Contact your doctor
Contact your OBGYN and let them know the good news! Typically they will schedule you an appointment around your eighth to tenth week of pregnancy. Most OBGYNs do lots of blood work, a consultation, some urine samples, a weight check, a pap smear and a cervix check. Many OBGYNs are also including a first ultrasound as well. Be sure to ask the appointment setter about these details and how long the visit will last. You may want to bring a drink and snack to void off nausea during the long visit.
Share the good news!
Some women like to wait until after the highest risk of miscarriage is past before letting their friends and family know the good news. Women who choose to wait typically announce the pregnancy after 13 weeks. If you're not afraid to risk it, tell it to everyone! You'll get lots of congrats and advice. Other ladies will be more than willing to share what cured their morning-sickness and helped them sleep. Your family will begin dreaming of clothes and gifts for the little one. It's fun to announce and celebrate the pregnancy early, and if you do happen to miscarry there will also be lots of support to help you through the trying time.
Join an early prenatal class or breast-feeding class. These classes are packed full of useful information and often give away fun samples and coupons. There is so much to learn about pregnancy, labor, delivery and motherhood. Start now by educating yourself with the best classes, books and DVDs available. Your local library has lots of valuable resources on these topics.
Reach out to other moms.
What better way to equip yourself for a new adventure than to seek advice from someone who has been there and done that. Share your fears and concerns with experienced moms and you will receive an empathisizing response and reassurance that you can do this! Many moms are not upset if you ask them the nitty-gritty details of labor and delivery. What does it feel like to push? Do you really get ugly stretch marks and do they ever go away? Does labor hurt worse than any other pain imaginable? More than likely she will share her fears and questions she had with her first pregnancy. Learn from her triumphs and mistakes.
Consider reaching out to your very own mom. If you two have not been previously close, this pregnancy could serve as a key to a better relationship. Ask your mom about her pregnancies, labors and especially her experience with you as a baby. Bringing back those memories many times connects the grandmother to the new grandbaby long before he or she arrives.
You body is now a home to another human being -- a tiny baby! Give your baby the best start by routinely taking prenatal vitamins, exercising and eating a healthy, balanced diet. If you were drinking or smoking before, now is the best time to quit. Drugs and alcohol can have major negative effects on a developing baby.
Try to chug down extra water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Pass on the soda and energy drinks as they pack loads of sugar and caffeine. If you miss the flavor and carbonation, try sparkling water and juices. Also had some fresh fruit, lemons or limes to your water for some extra flavor. Fresh mint is great for adding a touch of extra freshness to your drink.
Get your Zzz's
One major component of a healthy lifestyle is a daily routine that schedules you 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Having trouble sleeping? Try these quick tips for a more restful night.
- Cut back on caffeine, especially in the evening.
- Load up on the pillows. Place them under your head, between your legs and under your arm to give you extra comfort.
- Wind down 30 minutes before bedtime. Turn the TV off, put away the book and turn off the phone.
- Letting your mind slow down will help you doze off without counting sheep.
- Drink some warm milk. It's not just an old wives' tale. Warm milk can help your body release melatonin into your system that will trigger your body's internal clock and help you reach deep sleep a little faster. So sport your milk mustache tonight!
- Stay active during the day. Getting your body the needed exercise during the day will help you relax better at night.
- Avoid high-fat, spicy foods. These can cause heartburn and create a lot of discomfort to interrupt your beauty rest.
- Enjoy your nine months of preparing for your baby. Your little one will be here before you know it!Alison Wood is a stay-at-home mom of six and freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys raising her six children and desires to share her experiences to help other mothers.
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