Did you just find out about your pregnancy & don’t know what to do next?
Here are 5 Steps to take at the beginning of your pregnancy.
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?” The Answer: Nope, my period was indeed 4 Days late.
So I decided to take a test, and it was positive.I was over the moon excited but also super scared. After I ran from one room into the other, shaking, crying, and quietly screaming, I decided to sit down and think about my next steps.
Today I wanna share the first five thoughts that came into my mind after finding out I am pregnant with my first child.
1. TELL YOUR BABY DADDY | FRIENDS | FAMILY
My Fiance, Alex, 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” like a crazy person.
In case you would like to do a more special announcement than I did, check out these Unique Pregnancy Announcements for your partner, family, and friends.
2. CALL YOUR DOCTOR FOR AN APPOINTMENT
Your doctor will be able to confirm your pregnancy with a blood-test or an ultrasound!
If the pregnancy is confirmed, he can give you many tips on how to act and what to do and not to do during the next weeks.
3. DOWNLOAD A PREGNANCY 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 handy 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 that is offered in the German App Store. (GER: Schwangerschaft +)
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. TAKE PRENATAL VITAMINS
First, let me tell you, I am not a professional or doctor. I can’t tell you in detail why you should take prenatal vitamins. If you have any specific questions, please ask your doctor for more information.
I can only tell you that much:
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.
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
I hope my post helped you guys to get a short structure for your next steps. The most important step I forgot to mention: 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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