Finding out you’re pregnant can create a whole range of feelings for you to experience. However, it doesn’t mean there are certain things you should do or now avoid – although there will be a long list of tasks to complete before your baby is due (such as getting clothes, diapers, toys, and furniture for your new arrival).
So make sure you know what you need to do in the next few weeks and months – and discover some things you didn’t expect to be on your list – as you near parenthood. Here are a few items you may wish to add to your to-do list during your pregnancy.
Contact your provider
Arrange for a prenatal appointment as soon as you suspect you’re pregnant, or your pregnancy is confirmed. Some may want you to come in right away, while others may not book you in until you’ve missed two periods. Yet you can still call to ask about any symptoms, chronic conditions that may affect your pregnancy or medication you’re taking. Make it clear if you have a history that may mean you need to have an appointment sooner.
You should know what each week of your pregnancy will include. Try an early pregnancy class, where you can ask questions about it. There are also many online and in-person resources that will give you information that will help you to make appropriate decisions for you and your baby.
There will be plenty of different emotions you might feel when you find out this news. From thinking about how it will affect your life to the excitement – so react in the way that feels natural to you. Don’t panic: even with a planned pregnancy, it’s normal to be second-guessing your plans. Take your time to consider what to do.
Consider finding out the gender early
This can be fun to tell friends and family, and there isn’t a right or wrong way to do it, so choose what’s best for you. If you’re too excited and can’t wait for the first ultrasound to find out if you’re having a boy or girl, get a gender prediction kit to discover your baby’s gender as early as 8 weeks into pregnancy.
Have a spa day
There are many spa staples available to moms-to-be – although you’ll have to avoid those treatments that will raise your body temperature. So book a facial if your pregnancy hormones are affecting your skin, or maybe even a manicure or pedicure. Bikini line and eyebrow waxing will be safe, but your skin will be more sensitive. You’ll welcome a prenatal massage, too.
Exercise will help with some troublesome symptoms of pregnancy, such as swelling, backache, bloating, and constipation. This will also help improve endurance, posture, and muscle tone. Low-intensity options such as swimming, walking, and prenatal yoga should be doable during pregnancy. Make sure you keep hydrated, wear a supportive bra, and take note of what your body is saying – stop if you experience any pain, feel faint, or are overheated.