You’re staring at the little pink lines on the pregnancy test – it’s positive. Holy hell! You are overcome with emotion. Happiness, fear, excitement, concern, worry, doubt, panic, anticipation, gratitude, hope, enthusiasm, and so much more. There is no perfect word that could ever fully explain the very moment when our life is about to change dramatically. There is no other feeling in the world then finding out that you are about to embark on a very important journey ; parenthood. Congratulations, you are pregnant.
If getting pregnant is something that we had anticipated, we meet it with pure joy and excitement. We may cry, scream, laugh, or collapse. After the initial shock of finding out that life is forming within us, the thought of what happens next begins to flow in. Creating and maintaining life is probably the most important thing you will ever do. Yes, I said most important. This is a human being that you will be responsible for. It is your job to care for them, protect them, keep them alive, and raise them into a decent human being. That’s a pretty important responsibility. So, what we do next is also important.
When you find out that you are pregnant, call your OBGYN to set up your first pre-natal visit. This is also the time to decide whether you are going to stick with your OB or if you are going to pursue a different health care provider for your pregnancy. Do your research and pick the method that works best for you and your family.
Call Your Insurance
As a pregnant woman, you are going to spend a lot of time at the doctors. Health care is expensive. Don’t get blind sided by insurance bills. Call your insurance and find out what is covered, what is offered, and what perks you get. Some insurances cover breast-pumps, nursing consultations, and sometimes even doulas. Know what to expect from your insurance provider and ask questions in regards to what is available.
Check Your Medications
Some medications are not suitable for pregnant women and unborn babies. Call your doctor if you are taking any medications and discuss your options with your health care provider.
Cut Out Alcohol
It’s time to cut out the alcohol. Studies suggest that alcohol consumption can effect the health and development of an unborn child. As soon as you discover that you are pregnant, stop drinking alcohol.
Cut out Or Limit Certain Foods
Talk to your health care provider about what foods are unsafe. Some suggest soft cheese, lunch meets, raw fish, shell fish, caffeine, among others. Your doctor may have various opinions on what is safe and what isn’t. Listen to their advice and be mindful of what you put into your body.
Use Gentle Products
Some chemicals in our makeup and cleaning supplies can be dangerous to unborn babies. Use gentle products in your house and on your skin to prevent any unknown substances from getting into your system. Read the labels and research any products that you are unfamiliar with.
Stay Away From Cat Box
It’s time to hand over the cat scooping duties to your partner. Not only is the dust from the litter not great to breath in, but cat feces can contain toxoplasmosis, which is a parasite that could kill an unborn baby.
You’re water supply is now nourishing another living creature. That means you should stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
You are now maintaining a life form. That means what you put into your body is building and nourishing another body. Be considerate and mindful of what you are eating and stay well nourished.
Research Maternity Leave
Look into your health benefits at work and understand what is offered for maternity leave. Even before you plan to drop the news, it’s good to get an understanding of what your employer offers and what you are entitled to. Write down any concerns or questions you may have and bring it up when you finally make the announcement.
Adjust Workout Routine
Depending on your workout routine, it may be time to step it down a notch. Discuss your routine with your doctor. If you are extremely athletic they may tell you that your routine is safe, or they may suggest you tone it down for the safety of you and your baby. There will be a lot of ups and down during pregnancy, so if you’re not feeling well, don’t push yourself. Listen to your body.
Take A Prenatal
Prenatal vitamins are packed with folic acid, which is extremely important for a babies development. As soon as you find out your pregnant, talk to your doctor about prenatal vitamins. Then head off to the pharmacy.
Plan Your Announcement
Pinterest is exploding with baby reveal ideas. Some people don’t care tot much about this, but for some people, revealing that a special little one is in the way is a big deal. You can start looking into ideas as soon or as later as you want.
You’re having a baby!! Grab your partner and celebrate. This is your last time alone before you become parents. Make a date, plan a baby-moon, spend time together. You and your partner are about to embark on a very important and significant journey. Celebrate the life you created. You deserve it!
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