10 Things To Do Once You Find Out You Are Pregnant

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You are pregnant, yippee!!! what next? Sit on your couch in excitement imagining how wonderful the whole process would go or finding straight up what to do when pregnant?

Pregnancy is a wonderful journey, not without some bumps here and there though, so you need to prepare early.

Too many times, we hear of the rising rate of preterm death pregnancy, and other complications. All these could be avoided if women are aware of what to do when pregnant, and adhere to them.

Finding the right doctor, talking to your employer, and even listening to your body are some important things you can do when finding pregnant. Read below to find out more.

 

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1.  Book An Appointment With A Doctor

Top on the list and the very first what’s to do when pregnant is to establish care with a certified OBGYN says Christopher Allphin M.D. Board of certified OB/GYN. Monarch Healthcare.

There are many doctors out there but getting the right one to suits your unique pregnancy need is important. Go to a certified hospital and ask, get recommendations from friends and family around.

You may just find one that everyone is raving about and book an appointment with him or her. You can make researches on the internet too. All these can stir you to find the right person that is suitable for you.

It is best to see an OB/Gyn because this is a specialist in women’s reproductive health and childbirth-related issues, so if you have any complications the doctor will be quick to know and address them.

You may choose to see a general doctor and a certified nurse or midwife as this person can replace an OB/GYN too. Your doctor would require that you get an ultrasound to check how well the fetus is developing in vitro, the baby’s weight, growth and development, heartbeat, etc.

You would also be able to know your expected date of delivery (EDD). You could also be given tips on how to combat morning sickness, fatigue, cramps, and other early “troubles” in pregnancy.

You may also need to do necessary investigations like your PCV level, urine level, blood group, HIV status, and several other vital clinical investigations would be carried out.

All these put you at the right start for your pregnancy journey. The doctor would ask questions relating to previous medical history, previous surgery, previous abortions, any disease, diabetes, Blood pressure, or if you use any medications, etc.

 

2.  Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins

After the visit to the doctor, you will most probably be given prenatal vitamins by the hospital. Taking prenatal vitamins is not only what to do when pregnant, it is something you should consider while trying to conceive.

The vitamins you get should include Folate, B-complex, Vitamin B6, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron supplements.

These vitamin supplements help the body a great deal to make up for the added nutrients demand because as the body begins the journey of pregnancy, you would be needing more vitamins to make up for the demand of the growing child and other processes taking place in the body.

You don’t want to skip taking prenatal vitamins even if you eat healthy meals. Note also that you should not substitute regular vitamins which prenatal vitamins.

Yes, the regular multivitamins are good however prenatal vitamins are a better choice because they have been specifically formulated to meet the required dietary needs of pregnant and lactating mothers.

There are great brands of prenatal vitamins out there that you can try out. They come in different tastes and flavors and are affordable too. You may choose to stick with the one your doctor prescribed.

Take note, any vitamins you choose to use should contain all the essential nutrients listed above. You don’t have to buy something so expensive having the required nutrients listed above are what matters most.

Many prenatal vitamins come in 30 to 60 capsules suitable for your monthly budget. Prenatal vitamins are useful, using them helps women avoid the risks of birth defects like spinal Bifida, miscarriage, stillbirth, rickets, mental disability, etc.

Note that taking prenatal vitamins does not substitute eating healthy meals both of them should be used together once you find out you’re having a baby.

 

3.  Lifestyle Changes

Pregnancy will restrict you from doing some things that are harmful to you and the growing fetus.

After establishing care with a medic and while sticking your prenatal vitamins, the very next thing on my list of what’s to do when pregnant is adjusting or altering any lifestyle that will be dangerous or harmful to you and the baby.

One is smoking during pregnancy. Engaging in smoking is a complete No-No. Also, if you do a job that exposes you to a secondary source of smoke, gas, or fumes like a firewoman, or traffic warden, while pregnant, you should find alternatives.

Find ways to work around this with your employer as this extremely hazardous to you and the baby especially in the first months of pregnancy when development takes place rapidly.

The risks of smoking or inhaling smoke are numerous. It could lead to low birth weight, developmental delay, placenta Previa, miscarriage, respiratory problems, etc. The chemicals from the smoke: nicotine, arsenic, cadmium, carbon monoxide, etc.

Pass to the blood and through the bloodstream to the placenta moves to the fetus which depends solely on your body for nutrients and oxygen. These harmful chemicals can restrict the flow of blood oxygen causing intellectual development and many other problems.

It is a fact that too many women find it hard to quit smoking, especially during pregnancy. But according to Saint Clair hospital respiratory nurse educator Susan Hushburger, she says quitting can be a challenge but you can quit successfully by taking time to plan and get ready. Here are 7 steps for quitting she outlined:

  • Pick a quit day.
  • Make plans before that day.
  • Get support from friends and family to help you through.
  • Reward your little efforts.
  • Find relaxation techniques.
  • Deal With the cravings.
  • Get ready and started on the quit day.
  • Be focused and determined.
  • It is advisable to find support groups you can associate with if you find out that it is hard for you to quit smoking during pregnancy.

Also avoiding alcohol completely while pregnant, is another lifestyle change. Consumption of alcohol like smoking causes a lot of risks for the growing fetus.

Taking alcohol during pregnancy leads to the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, stillbirth, etc. If you are addicted, to alcohol, talk with your doctor, so he/she can help you with the necessary support during pregnancy.

The next lifestyle change you want to adopt is to reducing caffeine intake. Caffeine should be minimized as much as possible. The required intake for a day is 200 mg, which is about two cups of coffee a day.

Studies have shown that caffeine in high amounts also causes birth defects and increased risk of low birth weight, High Blood pressure, and fertility problems in the Infant later in life.

Aside from coffee there other snacks and drinks like tea, some soft drinks, energy drinks even some chocolate bars that contain caffeine. You may want to skip the cups, to get little amounts from the other sources, so you don’t consume too much.

 

4.  Eating Healthy

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Eating for two is untrue yet true in pregnancy. You are not literally going to be eating two plates of food for every meal you take, but you would need to increase the amount of food intake.

As the baby grows bigger you will need to eat more. You also need to be more conscious of what you eat this time; for the safety of you and the baby. Now is time to up your meal plan.

Avoid those things that you enjoy but are not beneficial to your health and that of the baby. Junks, sweets, snacks, etc., should not consist of your major diet.

Eat a healthy wholesome nutritious meal in the right proportion. Eat energy-giving foods like bread, pasta, rice; Protein: fish(low in Mercury), eggs, beans, vitamins: fruits, nuts, healthy fats and oil, fibers vegetables, and minerals.

Starting to eat right is what to do when pregnant as it is very important for the growth and development of the fetus, it also helps to manage fatigue, and for a smoother and easier pregnancy without complications.

Do not overstuff yourself with too much food when you eat as it could lead to constipation, abdominal discomfort even heartburn. It is better to take smaller portions at frequent intervals.

Skipping lunch or breakfast every other day or even dieting is one thing you should completely avoid when you are pregnant. Fruits, green vegetables, grains, eggs, milk, meats, dairy, fiber, nuts, should on the list of foods to eat while you are pregnant.

Avoid those foods that stimulate nausea. Find a way to work around your cravings; by eating small portions regularly so you don’t get too hungry and overeat.

As the baby grows, the demand for food will increase but you do not have to worry about excessive weight gain. When you eat right, you could have a belly-only pregnancy. I have written a detailed article on this that will guide you on how to have an only belly pregnancy and not over gain weight.

Avoid the intake of certain foods: while you should try so many varieties of food, there are certain foods you will want to avoid. Immediately confirm that you are expecting a baby, start finding out the foods you should be eating and those you should not.

Here is a list of some food you should avoid no matter how much you enjoy them, as they pose a risk to the growing fetus in vitro:

  • Cheese ripened by mold (Brie cheese, camembert Chevre ). These can contain listeria, causing an infection called listeriosis. These pose the risk of miscarriages and stillbirth. Instead of taking these, opt for hard cheeses.
  • Raw/Undercooked meat: eating meat that is raw or undercooked, risk you having toxoplasmosis. This can cause stillbirth, or miscarriages, Seizures, jaundice, eye infections, etc.
  • Liver and other products containing too much vitamin A. Can stimulate an abortion and congenital abnormalities.
  • Fish with a high level of mercury like raw shellfish. You risk the contamination of listeria and risk having listeriosis.
  • Unpasteurized milk. Risk of listeria contamination.
  • Unwashed fruit and vegetables or improperly washed. Risk of infection with toxoplasmosis which can lead to miscarriage.
  • Raw or partly cooked egg. There is a risk of salmonella poisoning. It may seem hard to avoid all these but you can do it. By ensuring that your food is properly washed and cooked, you minimize the chances of toxins and bacteria.

Pregnancy is a time when your taste buds are open to trying out many other varieties of foods. You do not have to stick to those meals you are used to. Also, tell your partner, friends to remind you in case you forget or are tempted to take in these foods.

 

5.  Exercise

If you have had a dormant lifestyle before pregnancy, you need to start thinking of being more active. Exercising is part of what to do when pregnant.

Being pregnant doesn’t give room for a sedentary lifestyle. Yes, you need to rest and not overwork yourself, but you also need to be active and exercise your body.

It would help you have an easier pregnancy journey as it keeps you and the baby active, helps you during labor, and to maintain a healthy weight.

The ideal weight for pregnancy is 18.5 to 24.9 BMI anything above or below that range is a risk for you and the baby. Starting pregnancy with an exercise plan in mind is a great start.

Thinking of an exercise option suitable for you while pregnant? You could discuss with your medic for a suitable exercise plan or Google up suitable pregnancy apps you can walk with.

There are tons of them, just find the one suitable for you. Exercise would help strengthen your bones and muscles,(this would help greatly in labor), help the blood pump faster ensuring constant circulation to the fetus. While exercising in pregnancy, It is important to start slow and gradually build up.

Exercises like: swimming, hiking, walking, Kegels, Yoga for pregnant women and all the exercise is approved by your doctor is suitable. Extreme sports and exercises like skydiving, bungee jumping, scuba diving, surfing, pose risks in pregnancy.

A word of caution: Do not engage in exercises when you do not feel up to it or when you feel nausea or fainting spells, experience vaginal bleeding, etc.

 

6.  Sleep And Rest

The excitement of finding out you are pregnant may make you want to give up on sleep trust me I know that feeling. You will want to pore every book, research the Internet and get a lot of information which isn’t bad but do not let yourself be deprived of sleep or rest.

Take time to rest if you don’t feel like sleeping. Remember your body is doing a lot of work at this time. A lot of metabolic processes are taking place, bodybuilding and breakdown, metabolic reactions, on and on.

Your body is going to be working full-time. The necessary thing to do is to make rest a priority. I remember in my early days of pregnancy, I slept a lot. Yours may not be the same but try to rest if you don’t sleep. A minimum of hours of 8 hours sleep is needed. Do not engage in anything extremely strenuous or that will make you overworked.

 

7.  Avoid Mental Stress As Much As You Avoid Physical Stress

The mood swings will be there, times where you get super emotional for no reason. But try to be in good spirits and manage your emotions.

All these will help you not to feel exhausted and prevent increased blood pressure and it will make you better able to deal with morning sickness. If you experience Insomnia in pregnancy you can try out suitable bedtime routines to make your body adjust to sleep patterns.

Exercise too can help you improve a better sleep. Not sleeping properly can cause anxiety, preeclampsia, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, risk of Caesarean section, etc. If you are getting very concerned about sleeping too much or too little, see your doctor; this is what to do when pregnant.

It is also important to note the correct sleeping position. Sleeping on your back facing up has been condemned after the 20th-week of pregnancy, because of the risk of the uterus compressing the Vena Cava. Sleeping on the side is the best choice you can also sleep on your stomach when you do not have a baby bump yet.

 

8.  Notify Your Employer

Though some women do not feel it is necessary to notify the employer when they confirm they’re pregnant and it will likely depend on you but consider why informing them early may be the right thing to do.

You may have an intense first trimester. Vomiting, fatigue, nausea. It would be difficult trying to handle all these and your job. Plus, your employer may not keep granting you repeated sick offs if he or she is not brought in the know your condition.

So, telling the employer is what to do when pregnant. You also need to make your employer aware if you are exposed to certain health hazards at your job so that you will not put you and your baby at risk.

Telling your employer is also important so that you are not stuffed with too much workload. A nice and understanding employer will find the best possible means to make work easier for you.

 

9.  Minimize Stress

Too much stress is never good for the body. You want to start minimizing stress as much as possible when you find out you are expecting a baby. Several things could stress you out this time.

You’re going to be experiencing a huge emotional shift in mood swings and you may be emotional over little things. Try as much as possible to manage it.

Do not let things stress you out, do not overthink or get over-excited. All this can tire you out. Be positive. Do not feed yourself with stories of complications in pregnancy as can cause emotional stress. If you notice that your work is stressful speak to your employer so that you can find alternatives to make things easier.

Limit the workload at home, do not overpack your schedule. This is the time that you want to be pampered, and give priority to self-care as much as possible.

Make time to have fun with your family, do positive things that will boost your mood. Take time for regular treats and relax by sleeping, watching a movie, doing those things that will ease your mind; this is what to do when pregnant. Trust me you deserve all these, this time.

 

10.  Listen To Your Body

During pregnancy, marked changes occur in the body both internally and externally. We may not always start noticing all at once but you must pay close attention and listen to your body.

Be more mindful and conscious about the way you feel this time for it would help you avoid and avert any problems, that arise. Pay close attention to your body and instinct this time; this is what to do when pregnant.

If you feel something is off and you just can’t explain, It is to rest and watch for changes or call your doctor immediately. I remember during my early pregnancy days. I had felt completely normal that morning. Just suddenly I began to feel a little off.

I thought it was one of those things, and went ahead to work. Chatting, writing notes, and every other thing a teacher does. I kept having an unusual feeling, but I pushed it off.

Barely 30 minutes later, I was almost having a blackout. Sweating profusely, panting, and barely seeing anything. It took some time before I got back to myself.

It wasn’t funny because I almost fainted if I wasn’t careful. I learned since then, not to make any sign or feelings for granted. The signs or feelings that show would be a way of your body showing if some habits need to be changed or everything isn’t well. You should alert your doctor whenever you:

  • Feel Extreme waist pain.
  • Heart palpations.
  • Bleeding.
  • Recurrent fainting spells.
  • Extreme pain in your stomach, back, or pelvic region.
  • Vomit blood.
  • The baby hasn’t moved for several days.
  • Blood from the vagina.
  • Unsettledness.
  • This is what to do when pregnant. Try to adjust your lifestyle if you notice:
  • You get tired all the time.
  • Body pain.
  • Heartburn (you may need to change the food you eat).

 

As a bonus, let’s address some nitty-gritty questions that come to mind when it comes to pregnancy and staying through the journey. Keep reading, you don’t want to miss anyone of these trust me.

 

Dos And Don’ts In Pregnancy

There are so many Dos and Don’ts in pregnancy. Unaware of them? Below are 5 key ones you don’t want to miss.

Don’ts

  • Do not smoke or take alcohol.
  • Do not start any extreme exercise without consulting your doctor.
  • Do not take pasteurized milk or dairy products.
  • Do not eat raw meat or fish.
  • Do not overwork yourself.

Dos

  • Do take prenatal vitamins.
  • Do visit a doctor or specialist when you confirm pregnancy.
  • Do take adequate rest often.
  • Do Exercises to keep fit.
  • Do Eat right.

 

Early Pregnancy Tips

These pregnancy tips keep you on the right track. Use them once you find out you are pregnant here 5 sure early pregnancy tips to try:

  • Avoid stress.
  • Protect your physical and mental health.
  • Eat well especially that food you tolerate (do not overeat because you are “eating for two”).
  • Go for a check-up especially with a specialist.
  • The morning sickness will pass.

What to do when you find out you’re pregnant? What do you do when you get a positive pregnancy test result? What is the first thing to do when you find out you are pregnant?

If you have been finding answers to these questions above, and seem unsure of what to do, Doctor Shefali OBGYN motherhood hospital Bangalore, says the first thing to do when you get a positive pregnancy test is to schedule a visit with an OBGYN.

No point in waiting for several weeks or till the baby bump start showing before you think of a hospital visit. It would be very unwise. Even if you feel well and OK, do visit a doctor. You may not know if you have complications or if you need to be monitored closely during your pregnancy.

 

How To Have An Early Pregnancy?

Having an early pregnancy requires you to do some important things while preparing your body. Here are 6 tips for you on how to have an early pregnancy

  • Keep a close record of your menstrual cycle.
  • Eat healthy wholesome meals.
  • Track your ovulation date.
  • Meet with your partner frequently especially on the day before during and after ovulation.
  • Take prenatal vitamins often.
  • Avoid taking drugs and alcohol.

Pregnancy is a significant part of a woman’s life. Having a healthy pregnancy requires you to do the right things. This post 10 things to do once you find out you’re pregnant, has been written in detail, drawing out the important facts to prepare women for an early pregnancy start.

Have a wonderful 9 months journey.

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