5 things to do when you find out you’re pregnant
You may still be in a state of shock, jumping for joy, or feeling a mixture of both after you discover that you’re pregnant. A positive pregnancy test may be something you’ve been expecting or a result that’s completely unexpected. There are things every expectant mother should have on her to-do list for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Calculate Your Due date & Take Folic Acid
Try to remember when you could have conceived. This will help you work out your baby’s due date. You can also download a simple calculator which lets you input the first day of your last period and average cycle length.
Once that’s done, if you weren’t already taking a daily folic acid or pre-conception supplement that contains folic acid, take one straight away.
Contact Your GP
It’s important to have a regular check-up with your healthcare provider, be it an in-person appointment or via Telemedicine. Even if you’re sure of the result, it’s wise to ask for another test to be done to dispel any doubt. Insist on seeing a doctor as soon as possible if you know of any potential medical issues. Also, if you are taking any medications, ask your service provider if they’re compatible with pregnancy.
Make Some Lifestyle Changes
You might well have spent some of your very early pregnancy socialising. Don’t panic though! Focus on these for a safer pregnancy:
- If you smoke, now’s the time to quit.
- Drinking alcohol can harm your baby’s development and avoiding alcohol completely during pregnancy is the only way to be sure baby is safe.
- Pregnancy hormones can make you tired, so it’s important to make time to relax.
- Make sure you exercise during pregnancy as this is great for you and your baby.
- Get your nutrients that are essential in pregnancy.
- Watch out for certain foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat.
Manage Early Pregnancy Symptoms
The first few weeks of pregnancy can be the toughest when it comes to feeling unsettled. You may experience tiredness, sore breasts, and morning sickness, all common in the first few weeks of pregnancy.
You should be aware that some symptoms could be a sign that something is wrong. Get in touch with a healthcare provider promptly if you have them.
Let Your Employer Know
You have rights in the workplace, and being pregnant shouldn’t be any different. It can be scary telling your employer and you may be worried about their reaction. You should note that your employer is NOT allowed to fire or discriminate against you if they find out that you’re pregnant.
While it’s not a requirement by law, your employer may also make special accommodations to keep you both comfortable and productive.
You can’t always control when conception happens. If it does happen, Request an appointment today and a consultant will be in touch to give you all the best antenatal advice for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy. Find your nearest Marie Stopes centre now .
Source: Marie Stopes South Africa (Safe Abortion and Post Abortion Family Planning)
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