Congratulations on your baby! Whatever feelings you have now, whether it’s joy or shock, this article will help you along the way to welcome your bundle of joy to this world.
Being pregnant for the first time is a wonderful time especially when you are ready to be a mother. As soon as the pregnancy test says positive, here are the things you should do when you find out you’re pregnant:
Tell Your Spouse
One of the first things you should do is tell your spouse you are having his child. It is important that you both are ready to welcome this child to your life. Having a thoughtful discussion with your spouse is critical in this process.
Find Out Your Due Date
Use a simple online calculator that tells you when your baby is due. This will help you prepare for baby clothing, crib, and other supplies.
Talk With Your GP (General Practitioner)
Your should consult with your GP to make sure you are really pregnant. Your GP can also give you maternal advice and other pregnancy care tips so you can have a healthy pregnancy, including recommending OB-GYN if you don’t have one already.
Eat Healthier Snacks
Your blood sugar level could be hard to control during pregnancy as it could go down to a low level. It is a good idea to always bring healthy snacks in your purse such as almonds or fruits. Don’t forget to bring water as well.
Pay Attention to Pregnancy Symptoms
Do you start getting morning sickness? Do you crave certain foods such as ice cream or chocholate? Paying attention to changes in your body could help you get the best advice when you consult with your OB-GYN during your regular visit.
Stop Smoking or Drinking Alcohol
Abstaining from cigarettes and alcoholic drinks during your pregnancy will boost your baby’s health considerably. This gives the best chance for your baby to have a healthy life. If you need help quitting smoking or drinking please discuss this problem with your GP or OB-GYN.
Reducing your caffeine consumption during pregnancy could also be beneficial for your baby’s health. Don’t drink more than 200 mg of caffeine a day or 2 cup of coffee. If you’re not sure about your coffee intake, please discuss with your GP or OB-GYN.
Prepare your Baby Shower
When your pregnancy reaches its second trimester, it is time to plan your baby shower. While it is common that baby shower happens in your third trimester, you might want to plan it beforehand. Work on the guest list who you want to invite to your party.
Start Taking Vitamins & Eating Healthy
Give your baby an extra boost of vitamins, minerals, and other important elements for its growth. Make sure you do some research online about healthy pregnancy food and don’t forget to discuss with your OB-GYN.
Buy Baby Products
At one point during your pregnancy, you should start researching and buying baby products such as clothing, blanket, wipes, car seat, and more.
Read Books About Motherhood
In this day and age, you should educate yourself on how to be the best mom you can be. For example, what you should know about baby food. You can easily buy a kindle ebook for less than $10 on Amazon. Find topics that you think you need help and get answers.
Start a Journal & Document Your Pregnancy
Documenting your pregnancy such as taking pictures and writing down important dates could be useful for you. You can go back, relive the memories, and share it with the child in the future. Writing a journal also has many benefits in general. It is known to relive stress, improve memory, and much more.
While being pregnant for the first time could be stressful, however there is a lot of information on the internet on just about any pregnancy stage. Make sure you follow your baby’s progress and visit your OB-GYN regularly. Following the above steps could help you experience a healthy pregnancy and deliver your baby successfully. Finally, take a lot of rest and relax. Everything is going to be great.