10 Things to Do When You Find Out You’re Pregnant

10 Things to Do When You Find Out You’re Pregnant
Congratulations! You just found out that you are pregnant. This is an exciting time, and we're here, and happy to help you navigate the next steps.

Whether this was planned or not, it's normal to feel a range of emotions. So, take a deep breath and relax. Here are 10 things you should do when you find out you’re pregnant.


  1. Take another test

We know you already took one, and it’s not what you want to hear right now, but it's always good to be 100% sure. Home pregnancy tests are typically accurate, but errors can happen. Get a second test to ensure that the result is accurate, ideally wait until you’ve missed your period to take an at-home test. Bear in mind, false positive pregnancy test results are possible but very rare. If your test clearly indicates a positive result, chances are good that you’re actually pregnant!
  1. Make a doctor’s appointment

A visit to the doctor is the only way to confirm your pregnancy. Your doctor will give you an in-office pregnancy test that measures the amount of hCG (a hormone produced during pregnancy) in your blood. Following confirmation, schedule your first prenatal check-up, which usually happens around the sixth to eighth week of pregnancy.  Be sure to call as soon as you suspect you’re pregnancy, as you may encounter a several week wait until they can fit you in. During your appointment, expect to go over your medical and social history, a physical exam, including lab tests, and an ultrasound to accurately calculate the due date.  For those that don’t want to wait (most of us) and would rather have an idea of your due date now, here’s a great little calculator on the NHS Website.


  1. Start taking prenatal vitamins

Begin taking a prenatal if you’re not already. Prenatal vitamins are essential for a healthy pregnancy. These supplements are specifically designed to provide the nutrients you and your baby need during pregnancy. Look for which brands contain folate, vitamin D, a good range of B vitmains, choline, calcium, iodine, and other essential vitamins and minerals that you may not be getting enough of from your diet.


Check out our Liposomal Pregnancy Prenatal here.


  1. Learn about pregnancy and childbirth

There's a lot to know about pregnancy, childbirth, and raising a baby. Start researching what’s in store for you over the next 9+ months by reading a few books, articles, and blogs on the topic. This will help you to understand what's happening to your body, what to expect during your pregnancy and childbirth, and what to do when the baby arrives.  Knowledge is power after all!


  1. Understand your symptoms

Pregnancy symptoms vary from person to person. Common early pregnancy symptoms include a missed period, nausea with or without vomiting, tender and swollen breasts, increased urination, and fatigue. Other symptoms that are less common but still possible (and perfectly normal!) include cramping and light spotting, mood swings, bloating and constipation, food cravings or aversions, nasal congestion, and mild headaches. Remember, a lack of pregnancy symptoms doesn’t mean you’re not pregnant.  So, if you’ve taken a positive pregnancy test but aren’t noticing any changes, don’t panic. As long as you and your baby are healthy, there’s nothing to worry about.


  1. Change your lifestyle habits & get your nutrition in check

Your lifestyle habits can affect your baby's health. Completely cut out alcohol, smoking, and any recreational drugs.
Start eating healthy, balanced meals and exercising regularly. During pregnancy, the health and nutrition of the mother become paramount. As such, it is essential to start taking care of your nutritional needs as soon as possible. You should focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet that is rich in nutrients and protein. This will help to ensure the healthy growth and development of your baby.
  1. Rest and relax

Pregnancy can be physically and emotionally demanding, so it's important to take the time to rest and relax. Get plenty of sleep and try to reduce stress as much as possible. Practice self-care techniques, such as meditation or yoga, to help you stay calm and centred during this exciting but sometimes overwhelming time.


  1. Share the news with your loved ones

Once you have confirmed your pregnancy and have started taking care of yourself, it's time to share the news with your loved ones. Whether you choose to tell a select few or share the news with the world, this is an exciting time that you should enjoy and celebrate!


  1. Build a support network

Having a support network during pregnancy and after childbirth is essential. Reach out to family and friends who can help you during this time. Join a prenatal class or support group to meet other expectant mothers.


  1. Enjoy the journey

Pregnancy can be a challenging time, but it can also be one of the most beautiful experiences of your life. Take time to enjoy the journey and cherish the moments you have with your baby.


So… finding out that you're pregnant can be an overwhelming experience. But by taking these 10 steps, you can ensure that you're prepared for the journey ahead. Remember to take care of yourself, stay informed, and enjoy this beautiful experience. Congratulations!  At Naître we feel truly privileged to support you on your journey to motherhood!