Excited. Nervous. Overjoyed. Down right scared. There are a boat load of emotions you might encounter when you discover you are pregnant, and they are all totally normal! Weather your pregnancy was strategically planned or a fun surprise, there a few things you need to do when you find out you’re expecting!
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START TAKING PRENATAL VITAMINS
Prenatal Vitamins are important, not just for your baby, but for you too! I recommend finding one that only requires taking one a day. The first trimester can be a busy and confusing time, so the last thing I wanted to do was try to remember to take a vitamin three times a day!
I used these my entire pregnancy and they seemed to work really well. They also didn’t make me naseous, which can be an issue with some prenatal vitamins. Make sure whichever vitamin you choose includes DHA and folic acid, as they are both important in your baby’s development.
It is actually recommended that you starting taking prenatal vitamins before you begin trying to get pregnant, so if you are already taking them, great! If not, it’s not too late to start!
CALL YOUR DOCTOR
I called my doctor as soon as possible to schedule my first prenatal appointment. I was so excited to hear or see my baby and I thought my doctor would want to see me quickly. However, my doctor of choice does not usually schedule first appointments until 8 weeks along.
If you find out early, (like I did) you may be waiting a few weeks on your first prenatal appointment. But keep in mind, some OB’s/Midwives stay booked up, so don’t hesitate about making your appointment.
If you haven’t decided on a doctor, feel free to call around. Make sure the doctor you pick delivers at a hospital you approve of! You don’t want your labor experience to be stressful because you’re at an unfamiliar hospital. Most hospitals offer tours if you are having trouble deciding!
DECIDE WHEN AND HOW TO ANNOUNCE
Keeping my pregnancy a secret in the beginning was eating me and my poor husband alive, we could not stand it! I found out on a Tuesday, and by that weekend all of our friends and family knew.
We didn’t announce on social media until 16 weeks, but hiding it from our close family and friends just wasn’t a good option for us. There are tons of people who don’t tell a soul until they are 12+ weeks pregnant, and that is fine too!
You just have to decide what’s best for your family. In the meantime, you can look around for ideas for the perfect announcement. This post covers it pretty well!
DOWNLOAD ALL THE APPS
I downloaded so many pregnancy apps after finding out I was pregnant that it made my head spin! After looking around at the features in each app, my favorites were definitely The BabyCenter App, and Ovia Pregnancy.
I loved the cute ways Ovia told me how big my baby was that week, and the option to change the theme of items they compare the size to, which makes it easier to picture how big your baby is.
Ovia also has a feature that compares the size of the baby’s hand during all weeks of pregnancy to the size the baby’s hand would be at birth, which I found really neat, especially towards the end of pregnancy.
I really enjoyed all the articles posted daily on Babycenter, as well as the weekly updates on the size of the baby. There are tons of pregnancy apps out there with some really great features, you just have to play around with them and decide which one you like most.
LOOK AT YOUR DIET
The list of foods that pregnant women are not allowed to eat is surprisingly and miserably long. I was very strict with it in the first trimester, but become much more lenient with it as my pregnancy progressed.
You also want to try to eat foods that have at least some nutritional value, so you aren’t relying solely on your vitamins to get the nutrients your baby need to thrive. This can be hard with morning sickness, espically when you don’t feel like eating anything, so try not to stress about it.
There will probably be days you crave nothing but junk food and don’t drink as much water as you should, and that is okay. You have to find the balance that works for you and for your sanity. Don’t beat yourself up about it!
Reading about pregnancy, babies, and parenting helped calm my nerves and make me feel like I wasn’t walking into this parenting thing blind. There is soooo much information out there and I couldn’t help but try to read as much as possible.
The apps I mentioned earlier are both great resources to read up on the latest pregnancy and baby articles. Some ladies tend to take this to the extreme, and seemingly read only bad articles about one in a million things that could go wrong with your pregnancy. Please, don’t do this.
Try to stick to happy, uplifting blog posts and articles to help build excitement for your newest addition. There are also tons and tons of pregnancy books to choose from, but everyone always loves What to Expect When You’re Expecting! Reading informative articles, books, and blog posts really helped pave the way for a less stressful pregnancy for me.
TAKE IT EASY
If you are experiencing first trimester fatigue, by all means, sleep! Get as much rest as you can, you’ll be missing it in the third trimester. If you don’t have any other children running around, take advantage of this time to do absolutely nothing.
These days will be missed, my friend. Also, if you have a job that requires heavy lifting, it may be a good idea to let your boss know so you can avoid any work that is too strenuous. “Sorry, I can’t, I’m pregnant.” May become your new favorite phrase.
DRINK MORE WATER
When I found out I was expecting, I may have took that as my cue to eat whatever I wanted and drink all the Dr Pepper I could get my hands on. I was only drinking water at bedtime. That was not my best idea.Turns out that it caused some mild dehydration and I was lucky it didn’t progress further.
The doctors instructed me to drink at the very least 64 ounces of water a day, more if I could. I found around 80 ounces a day to be a good number for my body. Your body may need more, so it’s important to listen to your body’s cues and do what you feel is best.
TAKE A BEFORE PICTURE
I didn’t do this and I wish I would have! I thought it would be pointless to take pictures until I had a defined “bump.” Some days I couldn’t exactly recall how I looked before the bump, so I seriously regret not taking those pictures.
My body certainly looks, um, different, these days, so a picture to compare could also be just the motivation I need to lose the baby weight!
I know, easier said than done. I was such a nervous wreck in the beginning, but know that it will be okay. Everything will work out, and you will be fine. Stressing over everything will not help you or your sweet little baby. You’ve got this.
It can be scary finding out that you are going to be a mom, so relaxing and taking care of yourself is key! Take it easy, everything you are feeling is normal! Pregnancy is a wonderful time, and you may even miss it once it’s over!
What went through your mind when you saw that positive test? Let me know in the comments!