When you take a positive pregnancy test there are a number of things you ought to be doing. However, sometimes getting your act together can be difficult because you are so excited or overwhelmed by the fact that you are pregnant you can’t quite figure out what to do next. The following are the five things you should do after a positive pregnancy test.
1. Tell your spouse. First thing is letting the people who will be helping you get through the months of morning sickness and those first few weeks of sleep deprivation and dealing with a new baby, know that you will be having a new baby. So, share the happy news with your spouse, and determine who else you want to tell. It is usually not smart to tell people in general until you are through the first trimester, as there is always the risk of miscarriage, and you probably don’t want to get the word out until you are sure you will carry the baby.
2. Call your OBGYN. Having regular doctor visits is a big part of having a healthy pregnancy. Your OBGYN will do initial tests to ensure you are in fact pregnant and that the fetus is looking healthy. They will provide you with a prescription for prenatal vitamins, and give you peace of mind, some tips for health, and provide you with phone numbers that you can call if you have any questions such as what medications you can take while pregnant, etc.
3. Start taking prenatals. Taking prenatal vitamins is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Often, serious problems with infants can be avoided if you take vitamins so that they get everything they need. The first few months before you get pregnant, and the first couple months after you are pregnant, are the most important weeks to ensure your baby gets what they need, like folic acid. This can help avoid serious complications like spinabifida.
4. Eat right. It is not true that your baby is going to get everything it needs. It can only get the nutrients you provide it. So, one of the things you need to do is eat the right foods. Most women worry about weight gain, stretch marks, etc. and when you eat right, get enough fluids, etc. you often avoid these problems while doing what is right for your baby.
5. Get some sleep. Parenting is never easy, and one of the hardest parts about being a new parent is the intense lack of sleep that happens when you have a brand new baby. So, the best thing you can do for you and your baby is make sure that you are not in negative sleep when the baby comes. Make sure that you spend the first few months of your pregnancy getting as much sleep as you can.