I’m pregnant now what?

by Monarch Women's Wellness on July 16, 2011

You’ve taken the at-home-pregnancy test.. maybe once or even 5 times.. and it still reads the same… You’re pregnant! Congratulations!

Now before spilling the beans to all your friends and neighbors.. keep your secret between you and your partner. This is BIG news.. and when you do tell you want to do it just right.. here are some great ways other couples have shared their good news. http://pregnant.thebump.com/pregnancy/first-trimester/articles/fun-ways-to-announce-your-pregnancy.aspx

Schedule your first appointment:

Now it’s time to call your favorite OB/GYN office to schedule your first appointment.. be sure to tell them you are expecting. ┬áSometimes your physician’s office will have you come in a few weeks after.. don’t worry this is very common. Meanwhile be sure you are taking a great multivitamin and eating well. Yes, it’s very true you are what you eat so make sure every bite counts.. because it does. Drink lots of water.. your body and baby needs it. Say “no” to alcohol, drugs and limit your caffeine intake. You will be surprised how good a coke just might taste… but limit your intake. You may feel nauseous or sleepy this is very common and nothing to worry about. Take it easy and don’t over do it.

During your first prenatal visit here is what you can expect:

Lots of questions… yep you got it now it’s time to find out everything we can about you and your family medical history.. We want to know it all. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask us all your questions. Here is a great list of questions you might want to ask: thebump.com

We will confirm your pregnancy so we can begin prenatal care and calculate your pregnancy age. The countdown begins now.. this is one number you will quickly commit to memory.

Here are some of the tests you can expect:

  • A pelvic exam, including a Pap smear (unless you’ve had one recently)
  • Possibly a culture to check for chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • A urine sample to test for urinary tract infections and other conditions

Your practitioner will also order the following blood tests to:

  • Identify your blood type and Rh status
  • Check for anemia
  • Test for syphilis, hepatitis B, and immunity to rubella (German measles)
  • Test for immunity to chicken pox unless you’ve definitely already had it or have received two doses of the vaccine against the virus that causes it
  • HIV testing

Other tests may be ordered depending on your medical history, age and condition.

A second appointment will be scheduled.. You can expect this appointment to be a long one. You will receive a lot of information and you will have lots of questions to ask.

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