Ten Things To Do When You Find Out You're Pregnant
1. Stay calm. Or scream if it helps!
Honestly, your life has just changed forever, so whether you do a happy dance test in hand, or pause to take it all in - this is a huge moment.
For me, I am probably taking a test because I am hoping two lines will pop up, and the first thing I like to do is stop on my knees and thank God for allowing us to be parents at all - much less again!
2. Tell Your Spouse
Hopefully this is your next thought! It took two, so share the good news! I bought a neutral colored blanket with our first baby and brought it to him at the workplace, telling him he forgot an important tool he'd be needing soon. He caught on quickly
You can blurt it when you see him next, or do something creative like this:
- 15 Clever Ways to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant | Disney Baby
Share the big news with one of these creative pregnancy announcements.
3. Buy some prenatal vitamins
If you haven't already, go pick up some prenatal vitamins. I know, they are generally huge and not fun to take, but they are a great nutritional boost for you and your baby's health.
After toughing it out through a bottle of inch long choking capsules, I made the switch to these below and I've never gone back!
Gummy Prenatal Vitamin
- Spring Valley Adult Gummy Prenatal Multivitamin with DHA & Folic Acid, 90 count - Walmart.com
Note: These do not have iron in them. I take it separately. Ask your doctor if you should too.
4. Make your first doctor appointment
If you don't already have an OB/GYN doctor, ask some local friends who and where you can find some good options. Then make that first appointment.
The scheduling nurse will likely ask you about:
- current insurance information,
- the date of your LMP (last menstrual period),
- if this is your first pregnancy,
- how you've been feeling.
Doing your homework on the first two before you call will save you some time!
5. Look up precautions on food and behavior
Like it or not, there are some things you don't need to do or eat/drink while you're pregnant. If you aren't familiar with the basics, take some time to review some of these important rules.
While it's important to know what things to avoid at all costs, don't stress. Your body is building a human. It doesn't need much more stress than that! Here's a helpful list of the basics:
Basic Pregnancy Precautions
- Special Precautions for Pregnant Woman
Especially during the first three months of your pregnancy, be particularly careful about using any alcohol, drugs or medications.
6. Download a helpful pregnancy app
There are lots of helpful apps for pregnancies. Some have countdowns, tips, forums and advice, as well as illustrations and video clips of how your baby is growing week to week, which is exciting! My personal favorite is Baby Center's pregnancy app, and they even have a follow up app for after the baby is born if you need it.
Other apps include baby name generators and countdown timers.
7. Take a belly picture
If you're going to keep a log of how much the bump grows, now is a good time for a preliminary picture! Keep at it and you'll have a pretty cute record of your baby bulge!
8. Decide right now to give yourself a break
Hormones, stretch marks, hot and cold, cravings, and morning sickness... there will be a lot of changes coming your way even before your mini me arrives. Don't be too hard on yourself. Yes, you will be a great mom. Yes, you can be skinny again. Yes, you can do this!
9. Start good habits now
Want to read to your baby every night? Go ahead and grab that favorite Dr. Seuss book. Want the baby to recognize your voice? Sing songs! Take the time to simplify some things in your life. De-clutter to make room or streamline your chore list to make it easier on you with a baby. Anything to help ease the adjustment to your new routine.
Planned or unplanned, the greatest miracle of life -the start of life itself is happening right now and you get to be a part of it! Treat yourself and your spouse to a celebration dinner, or spend the evening tossing names around and looking up nursery decorations on Pinterest. This is a special time! Enjoy every minute!
© 2015 Kellie Waddell