When you find out you are pregnant, a million and one thoughts start to run through your mind. Take a breath! Here are 5 tips on what to do now.
1. Decide when to announce your pregnancy.
Everyone is different! I told my husband and my immediate family right away. Aside from that, I waited until the second trimester to tell my friends and co-workers. If you feel the urge to tell people, think about who falls within your support system and who you would feel most comfortable sharing this news with.
2. Document the journey.
Take lots of pictures! Pregnancy is an incredible experience and you’ll want to look back and reminisce. I regret not taking weekly or monthly baby bump photos. The female body is just incredible. I’m also a big fan of journaling. There are a lot of different things happening during this time and it’s fun to write it down and look back at it. It’s also a great way to remember any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your doctor.
3. Check yourself.
Check with your doctor to find out about any food or medications you should stop or start taking. Don’t worry about asking the doctor lots of questions – that’s what they are there for! If you haven’t already, start taking a prenatal vitamin daily. This is really important because pregnant women need to boost their folic acid intake to help protect against birth defects. Talk to your doctor about what prenatal vitamin is right for you.
4. Make sure your doctor is a good fit for you and your needs.
You’re not married to your doctor. If you don’t feel comfortable asking questions or confiding in your doctor, he or she is not the right doc for you. This is a very delicate time and you have to feel confident with your provider. Don’t be afraid to go on a few consultation appointments or switch practices during your pregnancy.
5. Read the books.
Especially if this is your first baby. Educating yourself through books like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “The Happiest Baby on the Block” will help you prepare for a healthy pregnancy and transition with confidence into motherhood.
Most of all, celebrate this happy news!