4 Steps to Take After You Find Out You Are Pregnant

Congratulations! You just found out you’re expecting and not sure where to go from here? I always felt overwhelmed during my first pregnancy. First, breathe mama. While there may seem to be a million things to think of and to do, I find it’s always best to break things down into smaller chunks. Let’s take a quick look at some of what I call the essentials. Now keep in mind, these were my essential top 4, everyone’s is different. Here are 4 steps to take after you find out you are pregnant.

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4 Steps to Take After You Find Out You Are Pregnant

 

Step 1. Make an Appointment with your OB or Midwife 

If you have not done so yet, call your doctor or midwife as soon as possible. Get your first visit scheduled. They will likely do some blood work, and make sure you have everything you need as you start your journey into motherhood. 

Not sure which direction to go: OB or Midwife? Look into some research right away. There are some benefits to both, many more women are choosing to use midwives today. But every woman is different and every pregnancy journey is different. So you have to make the choice that works best for you. Make sure you are comfortable with the person you pick and they align with your choices.

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Step 2. Discuss all medications you are currently taking with your doctor

Because not all medicines are safe during your pregnancy you must discuss everything you are taking with your doctor. Your doctor can help you create a safe plan for tapering any medications that are not recommended during pregnancy. Your safest bet is to always ask your doctor before taking any medications.

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Step 3. Start taking your prenatal vitamins

You should start taking a prenatal vitamin right away according to the American College of Obstetricians to ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins are crucial because your baby’s neural tube develops during the first month of pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins do not require a prescription and are found at any pharmacy.

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Step 4. Start thinking of Nutrition After You Find Out You Are Pregnant

Some foods are beneficial to your pregnancy journey, at the same time, some foods are not recommended during your pregnancy. Good nutrition is especially important while your baby grows and develops. Food that includes legumes, dairy, whole wheat, lean meats, fruits, and vegetables are great choices. In contrast, foods that can pose a risk to your baby include foods such as:

  • High mercury fish: tuna, swordfish
  • Sushi
  • Undercooked meats, fish, eggs
  • Raw sprouts
  • Unwashed fruits and vegetables
  • Unpasteurized dairy
  • Deli meats

If you have any questions or you feel unsure about food, always reach out to your OB or midwife. They will be the best person to guide you along.  

 

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Steps to Take After You Find Out You Are Pregnant

Don’t forget to slow down mama. Your so-called “to-do” list always seems never-ending. Write things down as they pop into your head so you don’t forget things you might be looking to ask or research. If you have questions or feel in anyway, it’s best to always reach out to your medical doctor or midwife. They will always be your best resource. Most of all, don’t forget to exhale and enjoy this moment. Don’t forget to take some time and celebrate this journey; consider booking a photographer and scheduling your maternity photos as soon as you start your second trimester.

 

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