If you have just found out that you are pregnant, fret not. Once the initial excitement settles, moms-to-be usually start worrying about what to do next or how good will they be able to handle everything on their own. Well, there’s a first time for everything! The road to childbirth can be a bumpy one since this is alien territory for you. However, there are a few things that you can do and be aware of to help you prepare for a healthy and less stressful journey. Here, we list down 7 things that you should do once you know about the bun in the oven.
1. Decide When And To Whom You Want To Break The News Of Your Pregnancy
While some people may decide to announce it as soon as they get the confirmation from the doctor, others like to wait until after the first trimester to share it with everyone. Know that you have options and you aren’t inclined to share it with anyone other than the father of the baby. One of the main reasons why expectant mothers like to keep things under wraps is to make sure that their pregnancy doesn’t terminate in a miscarriage. And since 80% cases of miscarriages appear in the first trimester, pregnant mamas want to avoid the possibility of anything going wrong before revealing the big news (1).
2. Decide How You Want To Document Your Pregnancy
While some people like to document every little detail about their pregnancy in a journal, others are happy with clicking the baby bump pictures. There is no rule that says you have to document it a particular way. But if you do choose to go with a detailed one, it’s best that you document it right from the get-go.
3. Check If You Can Continue With Your Medications
If you have been taking any allergy, flu or acne medications, you might want to check with your doctor before continuing them. Your doctor may ask you to stop them immediately or offer alternate options that are considered to be safe during pregnancy. Pregnancy has a lot of dos and don’ts. Hence it is best to discuss everything with your doctor at your first prenatal visit to avoid any confusion or doubts.
4. Take A Before Picture
No, we aren’t talking about selfies. Take a full-length picture before all the changes start kicking in and your body looks different. You will be in for a surprise when you compare it with a picture in your third trimester.
5. Get Your Hands On A Good Quality Moisturiser
Stretch marks are common during pregnancy. It can appear on your abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, and breasts (2). And though moisturizing may not be able to completely prevent the appearance of these marks, it may help to some extend. So make sure you purchase a good moisturizer or anti-stretch marks cream. Apply all over your body twice a day, preferably soon after taking a shower when your skin is damp.
6. Start Taking Your Prenatal Vitamins Now
If you have been trying to get pregnant, then you must have started taking your vitamins long back. And if that’s not the case, it is best to book an appointment with your doctor and get on it as soon as you can. Prenatal vitamins contain all the vitamins and nutrients that your baby needs including folic acid, calcium, and vitamin D that is important for the overall growth and development of your baby (3).
7. Download A Pregnancy App
Though you would be reading a lot of pregnancy books throughout the whole nine months, having an app will help guide you through your pregnancy with so much ease. Various pregnancy apps tell you your baby’s development week by week. It will also provide you daily tips on what you can do to stay healthy and happy during this time. So, do your own bit of research and download an app that you find to be the most efficient.
There you have it! All the things that you need to do before you welcome your little bundle of joy into this world. Now that you are all geared up, we wish you a healthy and happy pregnancy. Good luck!