Congratulations! You took a pregnancy test and found out that it's positive. While this may be one of the most exciting days of your life and you may want to call everyone you know to tell them (or you may even want to post about it on Instagram), there are a few other things that you should do instead to ensure that both you and the be baby are as healthy as possible.
Start Taking a Prenatal Vitamin
Prenatal vitamins are one of the best ways for you to keep both yourself and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. Packed with key nutrients and vitamins like folic acid, prenatal vitamins will help support your growing baby and nurture their immune system.
Whether you choose a prenatal vitamin that you swallow or that is chewable like a gummy, just make sure you are consistent with taking it. If you do get morning sickness in your pregnancy, most of your vitamins may be coming from this pill rather than your food which makes it extra important to take. If your prenatal vitamin starts to upset your stomach, consider taking it at night before bed so that you can digest it a lot easier.
Schedule an Appointment With Your Obstetrician
As soon as you find out that you are pregnant, call your obstetrician's office and schedule an appointment with them. Depending on your obstetrician, they may want to see you around 8 weeks for your first ultrasound. During the ultrasound, they will check for a variety of different things including making sure that it's a viable pregnancy (that it's not ectopic or that you miscarried), and they will measure the baby to see just how far along you are. Once they get that measurement, they will be able to give you a firm due date which is an exciting date to look out for.
During your first appointment with your obstetrician, you can discuss everything with them regarding what you can expect for the next 7-8 months, how you can combat morning sickness, what changes are normal, and what things you should look out for and call the doctor about. Always remember that if you forget to ask your obstetrician any questions during your initial appointment that you can either ask them the next month at your appointment or you can contact their nurse and ask them.
To learn more about what to do when you find out that you're pregnant, contact your obstetrician's office today. Don't have an obstetrician? Look into Desert Rose OBGYN PC, or a similar business.