Finding Out You’re Expecting: First Steps After a Positive Pregnancy Test
It’s only natural to feel both thrilled and anxious receiving the news that you are pregnant. But now that you’ve taken the pregnancy test, what should you do next? Here are some steps to get you started:
1. Relax & Let the Excitement Sink In
Taking a few moments to let the news really sink in can be helpful in the long run. Once the initial shock wears off, you will be able to enjoy your pregnancy and bond with your baby. Being able to savor the momentary joy and excitement will also help you through any anxiousness you may be feeling.
2. Reach Out to Your Partner
No matter if this is your first or third baby, your partner will likely have mixed feelings too. Talking about your news, the pros and cons, and any worries you may be having can help the two of you feel closer and ready to take on this exciting new journey.
3. Schedule Your First Checkup
No matter how you plan on having the baby, scheduling your first checkup is one of the most important steps in beginning your pregnancy journey. Depending on your insurance provider, you may need to choose a specific health care provider for your obstetric care. It’s important to plan ahead with this step in order to get the best possible care for you and your soon-to-be bundle of joy.
4. Make Some Lifestyle Changes
- No smoking or drinking.
- Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Exercise regularly and safely.
- Get a full night of rest.
Ensuring that you are living a healthy and active lifestyle throughout your pregnancy is key to having a healthy and happy baby. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it.
5. Start Tracking Your Weekly Development and Appointments
To make sure you stay on top of your appointments and milestones, it is beneficial to start a log of all things related to your pregnancy.
- Milestones: Start keeping track of your baby’s development. You can find some great age-based pregnancy and baby tracking tools online.
- Appointments: Track all your check-up appointments, ultrasounds, and labor classes.
- Baby Shopping: Start building a list of items you and the baby will need, such as a crib, baby bottles, and diapers.
6. Begin Building Your Pregnancy Support Team
Your pregnancy support team should include:
- OB/GYN: Every pregnant woman should have a primary care provider (PCP) who can monitor your pregnancy and lead a delivery team if necessary.
- Pediatrician: This doctor will be responsible for caring for your baby’s health, so it’s important to research and make sure you’ve found the best provider for you and your family.
- Family & Friends: Asking for advice and opinions from friends and family who have gone through the pregnancy process can be helpful. Once you have your baby, ask for help with caring for the baby and any household chores.
You’re off to a great start! Congratulations on your positive pregnancy test.
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