10 Things You Do When You Find Out You Are Pregnant and Expecting
If you’re wondering what you should do when you’re pregnant and expecting, you’ve come to the right spot. The Breastfeeding Shop put together a list of 10 helpful tips for you.
- Who do I tell I’m pregnant?
- Make a doctor’s appointment
- Figure out your due date
- Get some pregnancy photos
- Change your eating habits
- Make a pregnancy to-do list
- Check your medications
- Find out what your health insurance covers for pregnant women
- Get pregnancy clothes and bedding
1. Who do I tell?
Not only who do you tell, but who do you tell first? This one would surprise a lot of people to know that at times it’s not your partner you tell first. Many people wait until after the first trimester before sharing with everyone. Not only do you need to decide on who to tell, but these days people are getting creative with how they announce they’re expecting. Social Media has been taking by storm with clever ways expectant parents are letting the world know.
2. Make an appointment with a doctor.
This is so important to do and is a priority to be sure you and your baby are healthy. You may already have a doctor, so scheduling an appointment is easy, but if you don’t, researching a new one can be time-consuming. Many look to friends and family to refer to a good doctor. Do this right away; some doctors may have an open schedule while others may not be able to see you for your first appointment for several weeks.
3. Try to figure out your due date.
Yes, we seem to do that even before we visit the doctor. We want to know when we can expect our bundle of joy. We start counting on our fingers, and for some, it could be tricky, especially if it’s unexpected. There are even online tools that can help you determine your due date. You’ll want to rely on your doctor when it’s all said and done.
4. Now photos!
Documenting the journey is easier than ever with smartphones. From Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook, we will share the joys of pregnancy. No better way to start the day you find out you’re expecting.
5. Make changes to your eating habits.
Healthy foods and lots of nutrients are in order. If you’re struggling with morning sickness, this could be tricky. Eat the foods you can and focus on staying hydrated and drink more water. Look for foods packed with proteins and vitamins.
6. To-Do List.
This is helpful when you find out your pregnant to create a list of things you need to do. Everything from what you need to have a pleasant pregnancy to a new grocery list. You’ll be less stressed out if you have a list of things that need to get done before your baby arrives.
7. Check your meds.
If you’re currently taking medications, including birth control, you’ll want to consult immediately with your doctors on the implications of those meds while you’re pregnant. Don’t wait on this, make a few calls, and get the answer you need immediately.
8. Know more about your Health Insurance.
Knowing what will be expected of you financially to have your baby is essential. You may incur additional costs with copayments and deductibles. Understand the financial implications to having your baby. Are you looking to have your baby in a hospital or in a birthing center? What will you need to take with you to the hospital? What is covered and what is not covered. Are you breastfeeding? What will your insurance cover with your breast pump and accessories etc? If you need help getting a breast pump through your insurance, reach out to us.
9. Find comfy clothes and bedding.
Makings sure you are comfortable during your pregnancy will become very important. Take time to review clothing options and bedding options, like a pregnancy pillow.
Enjoy this time and relax. Don’t get stressed and make sure you’re reaching out to family and friends when you need them. Breathe and take time for you. If you’re having trouble sleeping while you’re pregnant, check out these tips.
We hope this list of 10 things you do when you find out you are pregnant is helpful for you. In our blog, we aim to help give you peace of mind, guiding pregnant and expecting moms on tackling some of the obstacles that come with breastfeeding and child birth.