If you are here because you’ve just found out you are pregnant – huge congratulations!
Seeing those two little lines appear on your pregnancy test can be one of the most exciting and overwhelming moments in your life. It can bring about a whirlwind of emotions, ranging from joy and excitement to anxiety and fear. But what should you do next after getting a positive pregnancy test result? After you’ve done your happy dance and told your nearest and dearest! In this blog, we will discuss some essential steps to take after receiving a positive pregnancy test.
Speak to your healthcare provider
Home pregnancy tests are extremely accurate. After finding out you are pregnant, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to get the ball rolling on your antenatal care. Book an appointment with your GP, who will be able to refer you to a community midwife. They may perform a blood test and a urine test to confirm the pregnancy, as well as check for any potential issues that may need to be addressed.
Start taking prenatal vitamins
Prenatal vitamins are important for the health of both you and your developing baby. They contain important nutrients like folic acid, iron, and calcium that help support the healthy development of the fetus. It’s recommended to start taking prenatal vitamins before you get pregnant, but if you haven’t started yet, they should be top of your shopping list.
Make lifestyle changes
Once you confirm your pregnancy, it’s time to start making some lifestyle changes to ensure a healthy pregnancy. This includes avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and any drugs that are not prescribed by your healthcare provider. You should also start eating a healthy and balanced diet and getting regular exercise.
Schedule regular antenatal appointments
Regular prenatal care is essential for the health of you and your baby. During these appointments, your midwife provider will monitor your pregnancy, perform tests, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. They will also provide guidance on how to have a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
Share the news
You’ve probably already told your partner and maybe your mum. Deciding when and how to share the news of your pregnancy is a personal choice. Some couples choose to wait until the end of the first trimester, while others share the news right away. Consider who you want to tell first and how you want to share the news, whether it’s a phone call, a video chat, or a special social media announcement.
Prepare for the financial impact
Having a baby can have a huge impact on your finances. Depending on your employer, you may need to take part of your maternity leave unpaid, or you may only be able to claim the current statutory maternity pay whilst you are not working. Make a baby budget plan and try to stick to it in the coming months, and work out how much you can realistically afford to spend on your baby essentials. Remember the top of the range pram, cot or baby bouncer isn’t always the right choice. Your baby won’t care if they are sitting pretty in the latest £3000 pram or if their bouncer cost £25 or £300. They want to be warm, comfortable and fed.
Depending on your income, you may also be able to claim child benefits once your baby arrives. Check your eligibility here and how to apply.
Embrace the journey
Pregnancy is an incredible journey, full of ups and downs. Try to enjoy the moment and celebrate the changes happening in your body. Take time to bond with your partner, and start thinking about names and nursery decor.
In conclusion, a positive pregnancy test can be overwhelming, but it is an exciting moment that marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life. By following these steps and taking care of yourself and your growing baby, you can start preparing for a healthy pregnancy and a beautiful journey ahead. Congratulations on your positive pregnancy test, and good luck with this exciting new chapter in your life!
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