4 things to do when you find out you are pregnant

If you have recently found out that you are pregnant, you are probably experiencing a wide range of emotions right now. Feelings of excitement one minute to apprehension the next can make it difficult to focus on the things that you may want or need to do during your pregnancy. To make it easier for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the things you should do when you find out you are pregnant. 

Contact your doctor

If you have taken a test and know that you are in the early stages of pregnancy, you don’t need to contact your doctor straight away, but it’s a good idea to get in touch with them at some point. They will do some routine checks and arrange for the necessary 12-week scan to take place. 

Making a list of any questions you might have for your G.P will help to put your mind at rest and alleviate any concerns you may have.

Calculate your due date

One of the first things you will want to know when you find out you are pregnant is when your little bundle of joy is likely to make an appearance. Many pregnancy tests will give you a rough indication of how many weeks pregnant you are, but a pregnancy calculator will give you a far better idea of your approximate due date. 

Knowing your date will help you to plan things more easily and will also be helpful information to have when you visit your doctor. 

Plan your pregnancy announcement

Announcing your pregnancy is something that you will no doubt be looking forward to – particularly if this is your first baby. There are lots of different ways to do this from low key options of ringing and telling your nearest and dearest, to making funny or quirky photo-style announcements on social media. 

If you are lacking inspiration, you will find loads of cool ideas online. Scan pictures hidden inside a Christmas cracker or a baby vest announcing your parents are going to be grandparents are sure to be met with lots of emotion and happiness. 

Diet and health

The healthier you are the better protection for your baby, so it’s a good idea to consider whether any lifestyle changes need to be made. If you are a smoker, speak to your doctor about various things you can do to help you quit. Alcohol should also be avoided when you are pregnant.

If you are used to regular exercise, there is no reason you shouldn’t keep doing what you currently enjoy. Seek advice if you are unsure whether you are overdoing things, and a medical professional will be able to give you some guidance.

In terms of diet, there are only a few things you should avoid such as excessive amounts of fresh tuna and rare red meats. Eating a healthy balanced diet will be beneficial for your baby and will also help to keep your energy levels up. For more detailed information, the NHS website contains a huge amount of valuable information that will help you make the right lifestyle choices for you and your baby.

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