I’m pregnant! Now, what do I do?

By October 8, 2018Pregnancy

Lately, your breasts feel tender, you can’t seem to keep your favourite foods down. When last did you get your period? Oh…

With a few home pregnancy tests done and dusted, you guessed it, you’re pregnant! But what should you do now 뉴 유니버스 다운로드?

Confirm your pregnancy

Before shouting about your baby bump, confirm your pregnancy. Dr Philip Zinn, a Cape Town obstetrician and gynaecologist recommends a urine test. A positive urine test should be enough to confirm that you’re pregnant. If you’re still not convinced, talk to your doctor about a blood test.

Let the countdown begin!

Once your pregnancy is confirmed, it’s time to calculate when your little bundle will be arriving. The gestation period (the time it takes for a baby to develop) is about 38 weeks. This means you can start counting 40 weeks from the first day you missed your period. Conception usually takes place about two weeks after a woman’s last period begins. Once you have a date, add 266 days to that. This should give you your most likely due date.

Decide when to make the announcement

A good time to tell people about your pregnancy is after the first trimester (three months after you fall pregnant). Next, decide on who you’re planning to tell first. Your family first makes sense and you can tell your co-workers when you feel comfortable. Keep your maternity leave in mind. Lastly, consider how you’re going to tell everyone. This could be in person, via a phone call, in writing or digitally (online posts or a text message).

Choose a doctor

You’ll be spending a lot of time with the doctor or midwife, so pick a good match. Once you find someone who’s well-qualified and you’re comfortable with, make your first prenatal appointment. This should ideally happen when you’re eight weeks pregnant.

Make some changes

Once you’re pregnant, you’re not driving solo anymore, you have a little one along for the ride. Follow a protein-rich, high-fibre diet, drink plenty of water and get lots of rest. If you’re under-or overweight, start a healthy eating plan. Say no to alcohol and limit yourself to two cups of coffee a day. Smoking is a definite no, so if you’re considering quitting, now is the time! Ask your doctor about how much exercise you should be doing. Walking is a safe option for all stages of pregnancy. Avoid strenuous exercises and competing in sports events.

Take stock

Talk to your doctor about important health screenings, like those for German measles, hepatitis, HIV, syphilis and iron levels. These tests ensure that you’re protected from certain diseases. Don’t take any medication without first talking to your doctor. This includes over-the-counter medication. When it comes to supplements, folic acid is very important to help your baby develop. Take at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day to reduce the risk of spine disorders in your baby. Ask your doctor about other important prenatal vitamins.

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Schedule your scans

Scans are there to make sure your baby is developing normally. During the first trimester, you may have a scan at about six to seven weeks. There’s also a dating scan done between 10 and 14 weeks to confirm your due date. A different scan is also done at this time to check your baby for Down’s syndrome. If your baby measures between 45mm and 84mm, then a blood test may be done as well. In your second trimester, you may have a scan between 18 and 21 weeks to check your baby’s development. If your placenta is laying low, you may need a scan at week 32. A growth scan between week 28 and 40 is also recommended.

Make your booking

It’s important to know where the birth will take place. This will depend on your financial circumstances and medical aid plan. It also depends on where your doctor or midwife is located, or what government services (clinics) are available. If you plan to have your birth at a private hospital, make sure you book a bed for the birth.  If you’re planning on having it at home, make backup plans like a booking at a medical facility, in case things don’t work out. Public and government maternity services work on a risk level basis. This means you don’t book an actual room unless you have a condition which puts you at risk, like high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma. When you go into labour and you’re using a government hospital, take your ID and clinic card with you. You’ll be assigned a bed in an antenatal ward, give birth in a labour ward and then moved to a postnatal ward.

Figure out your finances

Your pregnancy will cost a pretty penny and once your baby comes, so you’ll have to budget even more. Include basics like blankets, nappies, baby clothes, baby wipes, a pram and a car seat in your budget. Stocking up early should help in the long run. Also include your medical expenses (scans, doctor visits, stay at the hospital) and long-term needs of the baby like education costs.

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