Congratulations! You’re expecting. Now, what next?
You’ve been waiting eagerly to become a mommy; and now, after getting home a pregnancy test kit, you rush to the bathroom, take the test, and wait with bated breath… and the ever elusive double-dashes finally show up! Hurray! You jump with delight, taking in the greatest news of your life as much as you can. Your mind immediately starts making plans. Who will you tell first? What will be your baby’s name? What are the immediate lifestyle changes that you will have to make? All these questions will be swirling in your mind but worry not, our dear future-mommies, we are here to help you plan the first few days of your pregnancy. Read on to find out the immediate steps that you should take once you find out that you’re going to be a mother.
Share your news!
That’s right! This may not sound like much, but it would be a crime to keep such good news to yourself. Well, sure, you can be selfish about it for a few hours. But it’s best to share it with your spouse as soon as you think the time is right. Involve your and your spouse’s family, so that you can all collectively plan the next nine months. Happiness multiplies when shared!
Choose a doctor
The next, most important step, is to choose your doctor. He or she will be your guide for the next nine months, and it is important to choose someone you can trust completely and share your thoughts with easily. You can either approach your regular gynecologist/obstetrician or fix an appointment with your general family practitioner so that they may refer you to a good specialist.
Start taking care of your health
Well, now you’re in that divine situation where you have a tiny little being growing inside you. So you need to let go of that devil-may-care lifestyle and start taking better care of yourself. Quit smoking and abstain from alcohol. Eat healthy food and make sure you follow your doctor’s advice.
Being pregnant doesn’t mean that you get to lie in your comfy bed all day and get a rain-check on daily chores. It’s true that you need not exert yourself too much, but it’s also important to do regular, light exercises to keep yourself fit. Indulge in some pregnancy yoga or start taking short walks.
Prepare yourself for early pregnancy symptoms
Now that you’re pregnant, you might start experiencing early pregnancy symptoms. Though they won’t be that much of a hindrance to your daily lifestyle, it is best to prepare yourself for them. You might experience nausea, vomiting, fatigue and food cravings.
What better time to start reading than when you’re pregnant? Go out and buy some interesting pregnancy books such as What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, Belly Laughs etc. that will help you take care better care of yourself and your baby.
So there we have it, happy mothers-to-be! Just relax and follow these steps when that pregnancy stick gives you the good news. And remember, rules and plans are important, but don’t stress yourself with them and enjoy your pregnancy. It’s a magical time for a woman, so let’s keep the magic going and wishing you all the very best with your pregnancy.