Surprise! Those two little pink lines appeared on a pregnancy test.. NOW WHAT?! If you are like me, you are probably looking at your belly and thinking “HOLY $H%$ I am growing a little human in there!?” Whether you were trying or this news came as a total surprise, CONGRATS MAMA! You are growing a tiny human!
As a first time preggie (I’m currently 23 weeks), I find myself googling A LOT. Especially the very beginning when you have no idea what to do, who to call, and so forth. So I thought today I’d write a post about “Here’s what I did when i found out I was pregnant, and i’m not saying I’m some expert, but hopefully it helps” LOL.
Pee on another test. As soon as I got that little faint line, and i mean veeerrryyyy faint line, I waited until the following morning to take another test. I suppose your HCG levels are higher with that first morning pee, so I would double check. I held my first test under different lighting because it was sooo faint HAHA!
If you got that second confirmed positive, CELEBRATE! You’ve been given a beautiful, magical gift of getting pregnant! Maybe do a fun little gift to surprise your partner! I had every intention of surprising my husband when i found out, but I am the WORST at keeping a secret. He would have known something was up.
Every person is different on this and there is no right or wrong way about it, but personally, I only shared the news with my husband and close close family those first few weeks. I am such a worry wart that I didn’t want to excite people before confirming my pregnancy with a doctor.. Obviously you can share the news whenever you want, but i’d make sure to only tell close family/friends until you’ve seen a doctor. I waited until 13 weeks to share my news. The risk of the “M word” miscarriage … decreased drastically after the first trimester. Here is our announcement video, I watch it and still cry LOL.
Quickly kick those habits. No more smoking, drinking, no more Ibprofen, aspirin, etc..
Find a good prenatal vitamin! I just use the target brand prenatal gummies and I’ve had zero issues.
Call your doctor! If you don’t already have a good OBGYN, now is a good time to start researching. My doctor’s office specializes in maternity and gynecology, so luckily they had all my information from when I would visit for my annual girly appointment. And its relieving to have familiar faces when you share your big news! Also! Try and have a rough guess on when your last period was, this will help determine about how far along you are.
Depending on your doctor, you may not get scheduled a visit until your roughly 6-8 weeks pregnant. My doctors got me in around 7ish weeks. And guys i’ll give you the real deal here. That first appointment is rough. There’s a $H&* ton of paperwork to fill out, you have the vaginal ultrasound which, in my opinion, is never comfortable.. The jelly stuff they put on the wand is COLD.. And you give a $&^* TON of blood. but, all that awkwardness disappears when you see that little heartbeat. It’s Magic. You’ll probably meet with your doctor and they’ll give you a run down on do’s and don’ts. Make sure ask all your questions! Write them down if you need to and ask the doctor when you meet them. I had like a zillion questions before my first appointment and after being pricked and prodded for an hour my mind went entirely blank. Make sure to check on any medications you are currently taking with your doctor.
Document your pregnancy! I’ve saved my pregnancy tests (gross, i know) Ultrasound pictures, I’ve taken photos and videos, made “bumpdate” videos, the whole shabang. It’s so fun to look back on and see what your symptoms were and how you were feeling. They even have those cute pregnancy journals you can write in.
Start using lotion everywhere! It will help prevent those pesky stretch marks and keep your skin hydrated. I am still battling dry skin from being pregnant.
Download a pregnancy app! These are so fun to keep updated on your little babe. I use The Bump App and What To Expect. There are tons out there. It’ll give you weekly updates about your baby and the size and what parts are developing. It’s really cute to read.
11. Start creating a little “cradle list” of things you want/need to do before the baby comes. Need to update your insurance? Now is the time to do it. Gotta get that spare room cleaned up? Save money? Pay off debt? Now is the time to start really focusing on things you need to get done before your little baby makes an appearance.
12. Lastly, research everything!!! Start doing your homework on breastfeeding, epidurals, baby products, hospitals vs birthing centers, etc… talk to family and friends who are parents! Get as much information as you can!
Hopefully this helps some of you when you get that big news!! Thanks for reading :)