Quick few things to do when you know (or suspect) you are expecting, mama:)
Double check that you are indeed pregnant
It may not be so important, however, it would not harm using a home pregnancy test to detect whether or not you are indeed pregnant. This is probably the first step to confirming that you are expecting. You may use the pregnancy test in the week after your period is normally due – two weeks after you ovulate. If the test shows a negative or a faintly positive result, wait another few days or a week and try again if you still haven’t gotten your period.
The importance of your prenatal vitamin
If you have tried or are trying to conceive, you would have already been told the necessity of taking your folic acid. It is one of the most critical to-dos during the first trimester. It is known that folic acid helps reduce your baby’s risk of developing neural tube birth defect, such as, spina bifida. So, if you haven’t started taking a prenatal vitamin yet, speak to your caregiver/doctor to prescribe you one.
Have you chosen a Hospital / Caregiver yet?
Most married women would already have a favorite doctor. If you are one of them and are comfortable and trust your doctor, then you are all set. However, if you have not had the chance to explore and know a good doctor, then best way to find one is to talk to your friends, colleagues and relatives, who could refer you to a credible caregiver.
Schedule a prenatal appointment with your Doctor
Since many caregivers won’t see you until you are at least 8 weeks pregnant, you might still want to get on their schedule well before this, as appointments can fill up fast.
Beforehand, make sure you have noted down the first day of your last period so your doctor can determine your due date. You may as well want to jot down a list of questions/concerns you would like to bring to your doctor’s attention. It would also help your doctor eliminate any future disorders in your baby, if you would know of any family medical history. Talk to your relatives on both sides about your families’ medical histories. It may help your caregiver to know whether any chronic conditions or genetic abnormalities run in either of your families that might affect your baby.
Discuss any medications you’re taking with your doctor
You might have already heard of this, however, it is important to reiterate and remind that any drugs – even some over-the-counter ones – aren’t safe during pregnancy. If you take any medications to treat a chronic condition, don’t just oversee this matter but do call your caregiver right away to go through your medication list and find out what’s safe and what’s not. Mention everything, even vitamins, supplements, and herbs you are taking.
Many women get so excited when they realize that they are pregnant, that they often overlook the importance of going through the above list of to-dos during the first few months (first trimester) of pregnancy.
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