Just found out you’re Pregnant? Here’s what to do!
Hooray, it’s (hopefully) the good news you wanted to hear and the stick has confirmed this for you! So what do you need to do next? Besides telling your partner! Here are some suggestions:
Get your pregnancy confirmed
Make an appointment with the doctor, tell him you’ve done a positive pregnancy test and they will usually confirm it with another test. Details of your appointments with the Midwife will be confirmed, and the very exciting first scan will be booked in. The first scan usually takes place between 10 and 14 weeks but is usually timed to be around the 12-week point.
If there is any medication you are taking on a regular basis, then you need to discuss with this with the Doctor too. You may or may not be able to continue taking it, or there may be an alternative option for you.
Start Taking Folic Acid and Vitamin D
If you have been trying to get pregnant and have been reading up on the do’s and don’ts, then you may have already started taking Folic Acid. Is not, don’t worry, you can start taking the supplement as soon as you find out. Folic Acid helps to prevent brain and spinal cord defects and it’s important that you start taking it as soon as you know you are pregnant. Vitamin D tablets are also recommended to make sure baby has enough calcium and phosphate for healthy bones and teeth.
Give up Smoking and Alcohol
We all know smoking is bad for us, but it still happens anyway. Its one thing harming yourself, but smoking can cause your baby to be born with a low birthweight or even come prematurely which will mean health risks. Giving up smoking isn’t always the easiest of tasks, but there are ways and means out there to help you. Allen Carrs Easyway to quit smoking is a great book, (also available as an audio version) and you can also attend a session I person. Check out the website for more details.
If this isn’t for you, you can talk to your doctor about Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) which you can take whilst pregnant. Another thing to give up is drinking alcohol. No safe limits have been recommended but it is uncertain how much is safe. Therefore, it is best to give up altogether during your pregnancy.
Try Not to Drink Too Much Coffee or Tea
If you like to drink hot drinks throughout the day, then switch to decaffeinated tea and coffee. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommends that pregnant women only drink around 2 cups of tea or coffee a day with a caffeine intake of no more than 200mg. It might take a while to get used to decaffeinated drinks, but there alternatives, fruit tea, hot chocolate or Horlicks at night? It will mean that you are protecting your baby from being born with a low birth weight.
Check Out Foodstuffs you can’t consume
There are some foods which aren’t recommended during pregnancy and these include pâtés and soft cheeses. For the full list have a look at the NHS page, which gives you all the information you’ll need.
Start Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pregnancy can weaken the pelvic muscles, and sometimes this will lead to bladder leakage when you laugh or cough. You can also suffer from a prolapse which means your vagina, rectum or bladder can fall out of position which can cause discomfort.
Pelvic floor exercises will help you to keep the muscles that hold your bladder, vagina and bowel in place. Exercises keep your muscles strong and they are not difficult to do each day. Simply squeeze your vagina inwards as if you are stopping yourself from doing a wee, then hold the squeeze for 2 to 4 seconds before you relax again. Do 15 around 3 or 4 times a day.
This article has been written by Samantha Jenkins of Mother and Nature a supplier of Outdoor Maternity Clothing
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