I still remember the day I took my pregnancy test. It was around 6 in the morning and my husband had just finished having a shower. Half asleep and in a desperate need to pee, I ran to the bathroom and took a Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test. As it was only CD25 (Cycle Day), I didn’t have high hopes and seriously doubted an accurate result. However, to my surprise and utter shock, it came back positive. My husband and I were shocked, amazed and tearful. Especially after my previous miscarriage, we were both a little scared, but ready to do whatever it takes to make sure this baby grows into a healthy little boy or girl. That was the beginning of our journey.
If you have just found out you are pregnant, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Well, first off, contact your doctor and book an appointment to see them. Especially if you have thyroid issues etc. The doctor will recommend a blood test or two to check a few things and refer you to a midwife. Depending on your GP surgery, you will need to contact your midwife and arrange an appointment. This will be week 12 of your pregnancy. However, there may be a new mums class/talk you will be asked to join. If you can, attend this talk and take notes. Most importantly, start taking those vitamins!
In between all the sickness and other symptoms, there are a few things you can do to help yourself and baby.
- Invest in a notebook. This will be your personal scratchpad for everything baby related. I split mine into Medical, Diet, Exercise and Other.
- Medical – Write down everything and anything your doctor, midwife, nurse or any other healthcare professional tells you. Especially things that you would like to remember.
- Diet – If you don’t already follow a healthy diet, this is your chance. Head over to my ‘Trying to conceive‘ page for ideas as well as checking other posts on this one. What you eat will have a huge impact on your unborn child. Feel free to follow my boards on Pinterest as well! I have one for TTC and one for pregnancy.
- Exercise – Try to keep fit by doing simple exercises. Don’t push your limits, this is not the time for it. I went on long walks with my dog and husband. You want your body to keep pumping blood everywhere and light exercise is the best way to do it. Also, check your weight, it is about to change drastically over the next eight months. I use my early pregnancy weight as a goal for postpartum weight loss.
- Other – This section will have everything that pops into your mind. From what colour you want the nursery to be, to recipes for dinner.
- Books – Start reading. See links below for what I read.
- Scrapbook – I started one to keep track of my journey and memories.
- Classes – Start researching for antenatal classes on offer in your area. Most of them will offer free trials, so you have nothing to lose. Although they will only accept women who have been pregnant for 12 weeks or more, I would highly recommend signing up as soon as you can to get on the waiting list.
- Rest – Take regular breaks and do breathing exercises where possible. This will help keep your mind calm and anxiety away. I needed a lot of them!
These are just a few things I recommend. However, you know your body and mind, do what suits you best. It will help make the first trimester go by quickly! Good luck and congratulations, once again!
Books to read:
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out
Rough Guide to Babies ( Funny but realistic!)