The First 5 things to do when you find out you’re pregnant!
Wow – you’re pregnant! I think it’s fair to say that it’s shocking news whether you’ve been planning it or not! What a huge, life-changing piece of information you’ve just been given!
This happened to me for the third time, only 4 1/2 months ago…and for this reason you’ll find me posting a few pregnancy topics!
I thought I’d start with the first 5 things to do when you find out you’re pregnant. If you’re anything like me your mind will be doing somersaults, thinking about age-gaps with other siblings, your due-date, what season you’ll be heavily pregnant in, giving birth, maybe even moving house or upgrading your car…but before rushing ahead, try to take things one step at a time, and here’s what I recommend doing first…
1. If you haven’t already, share the news with the father of the baby! Pregnancy can be such a roller coaster and I would’t wish it on anyone to go through it alone. If you aren’t on good terms with the father, call someone you share everything with – your mum, sister, or best friend, and share the news with them. You’re going to need the emotional support of your partner, or close friend, for the next 9 months and far beyond!
2. (Again, if you haven’t been already…) Get some folic acid AS SOON as possible and start taking 1 a day! Best-case-scenario is that you start taking it 3 months before you conceive but for obvious reasons (like a surprise pregnancy) this may not always be possible. Don’t worry if you haven’t been taking it, just get down to that pharmacy/supermarket, and get some folic acid as fast as those pregnant legs will carry you! Folic acid can help to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida, and is most effective in the very early stages of pregnancy, and up to 12 weeks, although many doctors now recommend taking it throughout the duration of pregnancy.
3. Book an appointment with your GP. If you’ve had a positive pregnancy test (or two or three or four you took “just incase”!), your GP probably won’t even test you, they’ll just put you in the system, tell you when you’ll see your midwife (usually from 8 weeks for what’s called your “booking appointment” and, much to every pregnant woman’s disappointment, is basically 2 hours of paperwork), and tell you what you should avoid eating and drinking.
4. Start doing pelvic floor exercises. I know it sounds early but you will be thanking yourself when you continue to have full control of your bladder throughout pregnancy and beyond! Here’s a handy webpage on the NHS website on how to do them and why they’re important.
5. Relax. It’s so easy to stress and worry, but it’s no good for your body or for your pregnancy. Relax and enjoy the thought that you have the teeny little beginnings of life in you!** Take as much rest as you can get (the first trimester is the most exhausting, in my experience, and made more difficult by the fact that not many people know you’re pregnant at first) and if you need help from friends of family because of morning sickness or exhaustion, don’t be too proud to get help so you can sleep!
I hope this is of help to you, and if you are preggers, do remember to keep following the blog, as I’ll be posting on pregnancy fashion, pregnancy symptoms, and more!
Over and out!
Yummy (and now rather roundy!) Mummy x
** If this is a frightening, panick-filled, or depressing thought for you, don’t keep it to yourself, find someone to share it with, and your GP may be able to help – it’s not uncommon for women to have depression during (as well as after) pregnancy.