So You Found Out You’re Pregnant….What’s Next?

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So You Found Out You’re Pregnant….What’s Next?

So You Found Out You’re Pregnant….What’s Next? – By Jill Miller, RN

You’ve seen the positive test now what?

First things first, you want to confirm the viability of the pregnancy (up to 1 in 5 pregnancies will end on their own). The only way to confirm viability is with an ultrasound. You can do this either at your local pregnancy resource center (usually free of charge to you) or you can see your OB.

Often, even before a missed period, women will notice early pregnancy symptoms:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Tender breast
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation

These are all normal, you DO need to quickly call your healthcare provider if you have any of the following:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Heavy bleeding (light spotting is normal)
  • Unable to keep food or fluids down
  • Vision disturbances
  • Sudden swelling of the hands or face
  • Severe dizziness

Things to do during your first trimester:

  • Eat small frequent meals, preferably nutritious foods (fruits, veggies, yogurt, lean protein).
  • Check your insurance options.
  • Choose an OB-GYN, call and make your first appointment.
  • Start taking prenatal vitamins.
  • Decide when to share the news with your family and friends. Some people choose to wait until after the first trimester, and you may have people tell you that you should. However, YOU decide when it’s best to announce!