If you’ve taken your first pregnancy test and you’ve got a positive result, be happy – you’re pregnant, and in about 9 months you’re going to be a mother. However, don’t let the shock and excitement prevent you from doing all of the essential things you should be doing now you know that you’re got a little girl or boy on the way. Here are 4 of the first things we think you should do following a positive pregnancy test.
4 – Announce the Good News
You won’t truly accept that you’re pregnant until you tell somebody about it. First-things-first – tell the father. It takes two to make a baby so they should be the first person you tell so that they can help you manage your excitement and your concerns (of which you’re bound to have many). Next tell your family, and then your friends. It makes sense to do it in this order because that’s generally the order of closeness to you, though there’s nothing stopping you telling your best friend first if that helps you to feel comfortable.
3 – Contact Your Doctor
The next person you should inform after your partner, family and friends should be your doctor. In 9 months they’ll be the ones helping you to deliver your baby, so it’s important to establish and build that relationship from as early as possible, and you’ll also be able to ask them any questions regarding next steps.
2 – Build up a Schedule
After you’ve spoken to your doctor, you should be in a better position to be able to construct a plan or timetable of the coming 9 months. There’s a lot to think about – from food and nutrition, to clothes and comfort. You might need to adapt every aspect of your life to ensure you’re happy during your pregnancy, and remember that every stressful experience can be potentially damaging to your baby’s health.
1 – Screening for Sex and Disease
There’s a lot of debate as to whether DNA testing is safe for the baby, but there’s no real scientific evidence to suggest that it’s in any way damaging, and if a test can help you prepare for the needs of your baby then it’s surely a good thing. A company like Easy DNA can help you with this task, and at the same time, you could ask for the gender of the baby, though it’s not compulsory, so don’t feel like you have to.