Collaborative Post¦ So you’ve found out you’re expecting a baby, congratulations! You’re probably already starting to think about everything that you need to get sorted before they arrive. So, let’s have a look at some of the things you may want to think about:
Although you will have your due date confirmed when you have your first scan, there are still things that you need to do before you get to this point, therefore you may want to use a pregnancy calculator to calculate your due date so you at least have a rough idea. This way you can sign up to get weekly updates and start tracking your baby’s development, it’s all part of the excitement. You will need to think about the last date of your period and your cycle length. Once you have your first scan you may find that your due date changes slightly, this is because pregnancy calculators aren’t as accurate as a scan.
Have a look around at some of the popular baby apps that you can install on your phone or tablet. There are many that provide you with good information about the development of your baby and what they are up to in the womb. You will often get a weekly email full of new information for you to learn. They are brilliant at letting you know what to expect and when you should worry. They often have extras including a baby checklist such as a must-have nursery essentials list or baby essential you must buy.
It is important for you to let your doctor know as soon as you can after you get a positive pregnancy test. This is the step that will get all your antenatal care kick-started and on track. After you speak to your doctor (you may need to provide a urine sample or pregnancy test) they will inform the midwifery department and send you a date to book you in as a patient. Depending on the area that you live in, you may be able to refer yourself to the midwifery department.
Being healthy is vital when you are pregnant, pregnancy can put a lot of strain on your body so it’s essential you check on your health. Have a look at your BMI and reduce the amount of caffeine that you are consuming. Now that you are pregnant, there may be some simple lifestyle changes that you can make to help your baby develop and grow healthily. Your healthcare professional will help you if you need to make changes such as smoking or healthy eating.
If you want to make sure you have a safe pregnancy, you should consider the following:
This short guide should help you to get your pregnancy off to a healthy start. Are you pregnant? What have you started to think about and organize? Please share some of them in the comments section below.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
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