What to do when you find out you’re pregnant

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You wait for the longest 2 minutes of your life to check and see if that pregnancy test is positive or not. Whether out of joy or shock, that pregnancy test confirms a positive result, and you are now a soon to be mama. Here’s what to do when you find out you’re pregnant.

Positive pregnancy test, now what?

Finding out you are pregnant can cause all sorts of emotions. From excitement to complete fear, pregnancy is a huge change and can be overwhelming, to say the least.

Whether you have been longing for that positive test, or this pregnancy was a bit of a surprise, take a deep breath, because you’ve got this.

11 Things to do once your find out your pregnant

I am going to share with you 11 things that you can do once you first find out you are pregnant. These simple things will make the whole journey go smoother and also prep you to meet your new little one that is growing inside of that belly of yours.  

1. Calculate your due date:

I think one of the most exciting parts about finding out you are pregnant is calculating your due date.

Figuring out when your new little one will actually arrive makes things feel so real and exciting.

Work out your due date with this simple due date calculator.

Before you know it, that due date won’t seem so far away, and you’ll be wondering where the time went.

2. Decide on a doctor or midwife

Once you are pregnant, now is a good time to decide on a good doctor or midwife.

Finding a doctor or midwife that meshes well with your personality and needs will make your pregnancy checkups and labor and delivery the best experience possible.

It is totally ok to ask for opinions from friends and family to find the best fit for you.

A lot of doctors’ offices will even allow you to meet with the doctor beforehand and ask questions before deciding to choose them or not.

When it comes to a midwife, most mothers will interview with midwifes to find one that is perfect for their needs.

Here is a great article from Mama Natural guiding you through the steps to find the best midwife.

3. Prepare for early pregnancy symptoms

Pregnancy does come with some added baggage, and not just obvious growing human inside of you.

Early pregnancy symptoms are pretty common and very real and can be easily noticed in those early stages.

Some mothers experience morning sickness, along with strange food cravings or even food aversions.

Not only that but a sore chest, tingling nipples, a crazy sense of smell and the pregnant brain are all typical and may be paying you a visit in these next few weeks.

To learn about some more weird pregnancy signs and symptoms, check out this post.

4. Start taking a prenatal

It is important to make sure you begin taking a good prenatal especially in those early stages of pregnancy.

Unfortunately, not all prenantals are created equal.

Food based prenatals are your best bet and are actually utilized body.

The typical generic brand of prenatal you can easily find just about anywhere are usually synthetic and your body just can’t utilize them.

You basically just pee them right out and no one benefits, not even your wallet.

Your growing baby is going to need lots of vitamins and minerals, so you need to make sure you have enough for both you and baby.

Many mothers start out pregnancy deficient in something or another anyway, so prenatals really are crucial.

Some of the main vitamins and minerals you want to make sure you are getting in your food-based prenatals are folate (not folic acid), magnesium, zinc, iron, iodine, and vitamins A, C, D, K, and B.

It can also be useful to add a probiotic into your prenatal regime for added gut support and strength.

5. Out with the bad and in with the good

Now that you are pregnant is it good to have an overview of your lifestyle and eating habits.

Toss away any of those unwanted eating addictions or other lifestyle habits you may have.

You want your growing baby to be as healthy as possible and that means you have to be making those good choices for your baby.

This is a great time to increase all those goods foods into your diet that you may usually be lacking.

Some mothers cut back on caffeine or soda and just try to make all around healthier choices.

Exercising while pregnant is totally safe to do (as long as you listen to your body) and can actually help become stronger and prepare better for labor and delivery.

Review your current lifestyle habits and see if you can switch out any bad with some good to ensure good health for both you and your baby.

6. Download a pregnancy app

It can be really fun to find and download a preganancy app so you can learn about your baby’s growth and development as each week and month passes by.

There are plenty to choose from out there, and they all can help prepare and help you feel excited for your new arrival.

A lot of the apps go into detail on how big your baby currently is at each month and what developmental and physical changes are occurring.

It can be quite fascinating and also help you learn more about your baby’s growth and also how amazing your body is at growing another person!

7. Share your exciting news

Sharing this exciting news with other is always a fun part of pregnancy.

Some couples like to make a huge deal out of pregnancy announcements while others may take the more laidback approach with just a simple phone call.

Honestly, there is no right or wrong.

You can announce your pregnancy however you would like.

Regardless of how you do it, it will be exciting new to those people you are telling.

I personally waited until I was closer to 12 weeks before I let the whole world know.

Close family and friends knew before then, but I didn’t want to tell everyone when I was so early on in my pregnancy.

Have fun sharing your new and exciting news with people. As more people know you are pregnant the more real it becomes!

8. Document your pregnancy

If you are into journaling or already like to document exciting events, this may seem a no brainer to you.

But honestly, document your pregnancy. You will regret it if you don’t.

Take a ton of pictures, especially before and afters.

It is fun to take a belly picture each month to see how much your baby grows and how much you change.

Also, write down your feelings.

Your goals as a new mother along with what you are excited about and what scares you the most.

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These simple things can be a great learning experience and also help you make goals an overcome any fear around being a new mother.

I hate to say it, but when you are pregnant it feels like you are pregnant for a lifetime.

BUT after that baby is out, each day, week, and month flies by.

Before you know it, you can’t even remember being pregnant.

With that being said, it is always nice to have pictures and thoughts and feelings to look back on.

9. Start thinking about your birth plan and consider some online courses

To be honest with you, when I was pregnant with my child, I had NO idea what a birth plan was.

Honestly, I hadn’t even heard of one let alone have one ready for when I delivered.

I wish I had done a birth plan as I feel like it would have helped me prepare even more for labor and delivery.

Birth plans are especially good for those mothers who decide to deliver at a hospital but may want to do things differently.

This could include a natural birth, delayed cord clamping, no episiotomy, and so on.

Basically, a birth plan explains the decisions you and your spouse have made for the arrival of your new baby.

It also helps the doctors, nurses, or midwifes know how best to meet your need and make the whole process the best possible experience.

There are also some great online courses that can provide you with so much value.

Bringing a brand new baby into the world can be so scary and it is really something that can be hard to prepare for since you have never done it before!

These online courses are full of so much information and will help you feel at ease about this upcoming new adventure.

Mama Natural offers a great birth course that is the perfect choice if you are interested in a natural birth.

Another thing about these online courses is that you can do them at your own leisure and when you have time. You don’t have to show up at a class at a specific day and time.

Online pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding classes can give you the freedom you need while empowering you with all the information you need.

10. Start creating a baby registry

This new arrival is going to require some essential things. Working on a baby registry throughout your pregnancy can help things be less stressful.

If you wait until the last second to try and quickly create your baby registry you will probably end up feeling discouraged and overwhelmed.

There are so many great sources out there to help you create the perfect registry for your baby and ensure you have everything you need when they make their grand debut.

You may be wondering what the best car seat or stroller is for your baby.

This is the time to research, ask friends and family members and try to pick baby gear that will suit both you and your baby’s needs the best.

While you are thinking about your baby registry it can also be helpful to think of some things you may need during pregnancy or postpartum, such as a pregnancy pillow or nursing bras.

11. Lastly, enjoy every moment while it is just the 2 of you

Don’t get me wrong, your new baby will be your pride and joy and you will have no idea you can love someone that you just met so much!

Having said that, once baby arrives, life changes forever.

It is no longer just you and your husband. You now have a brand-new family member and that can take some adjusting and also make life change a little (for the better of course).

Go out on dates, enjoy every minute you have together and strengthen your relationship in any way you can.

All of these things will make you both better parents for your new baby.

By all means, still go on those dates when baby arrives, you just may have a little third wheel tagging along for a little bit.

What part of pregnancy are you most excited about? What are some of the things you plan to do now that you are pregnant?

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