Congratulations! You just found out that you have a positive pregnancy test. Welcome to motherhood! You are probably filled with several different emotions. The feelings of excitement, anxiety, and maybe a little fear are all normal. If this is your first baby these emotions may be stronger than ever. Don’t worry, the Healthy Moms Magazine has come up with a list of what you should do if you see those two pink lines on your pregnancy test.
Early pregnancy is exciting. This is the time when women can choose to tell their loved ones about their pregnancy, or maybe keep it a secret for a little while longer.
What to Do When You Have a Positive Pregnancy Test
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor.
The sooner you see your doctor or midwife, the better. Some doctors might not want you to come in until after you miss two periods, while others may wish to see you right away. Make sure you ask when you call to schedule your appointment. If you have had pregnancy complications in the past, have a chronic health condition or are taking prescription medications you should make sure you see your doctor right away.
2. Celebrate and share your news.
Even though you should avoid alcohol, you shouldn’t avoid celebrating. Go out to dinner at a special restaurant with your husband or recreate a special date you had in the past to share the news with him. Do something out of the ordinary to tell your family and friends. You could throw a party or make a video to post to Facebook announcing your new arrival.
3. Learn as much as you can about pregnancy.
Go to your public library and check out some pregnancy books. The internet is also a valuable resource to help you learn more about how your body is changing.
4. Surround yourself with supportive people.
Having a support system is extremely helpful during pregnancy, especially if you already have older children. Your family and friends can help you prepare your nursery for the baby. They can also help take care of your older children when the baby arrives.
5. Take care of yourself.
You should avoid cigarettes and alcohol during pregnancy. Also, make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Eat well-balanced meals and make sure you go to every prenatal doctors appointment.
6. Enjoy being pregnant.
Pregnancy is a joyous occasion. Your body is changing and you have a beautiful gift from God growing inside you. Take pregnancy photos each month to document your progress. You will treasure these for years to come. Congratulations!