Pregnant – What Do I Do Now?

Good news! I have just brought a new generation to existence. When I discovered that I was pregnant, I spent many of my days dancing on air. Few days after receiving the good news, I started wondering what I was going to do next. I actually started freaking out, and I was wondering what I should do next for the safety of my baby and me.

Pregnancy basic

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She was my first baby and I didn’t have any experience. So, I contacted my best friend for the way forward. She promised to come home that evening, and this relieved me a lot. My friend arrived late that evening with a bright smile. We talked at length, and here are some of the pieces of advice she gave me.

Calculating my baby’s due date

Calculating my baby’s due date helped me a great deal because I was able to know for how long I would carry my baby in the womb before letting it out. This exercise also lets me know the sex of my baby and provided a personalized calendar that revealed when I would start hearing my baby’s heartbeat and when I will be due.

Choosing a midwife or a doctor

My friend told me that I would be my family physician, my obstetrician, or a midwife throughout my pregnancy period. So, I had to choose a common match that would help me get my pregnancy off to a good start by actually scheduling my first prenatal appointment.

Deciding when I should announce my pregnancy

By talking to my friend, I learned that announcing the good news to my friends, co-workers and everybody else is something I had to take seriously. I talked to my partner and agreed on a date when we were going to announce my situation to all. Actually, I made the announcement on Facebook and called all my other co-workers and relatives to announce the good news in my first trimester.

Planning ahead

After talking extensively to my experienced friends, I was able to plan ahead of my baby’s arrival. Here are some of the things I did.

I figured out my finances

Even though it is a cute bundle of joy, a baby costs money, a lot of it too. My friend helped me calculate how much I needed before my baby came out and how much money I would roughly spend before I could organize her first birthday. With getting a rough figure of how much I would spend, I started making some adjustments to my budget. I also tried to find other sources

of money to ensure that I do not strain my budget.

I created my pregnancy to-do-list

Here again, my friend was very helpful. With her help, I was able to have a list of everything that I needed to do throughout my pregnancy period. I arranged all my pre-baby tasks right from the first month to my due date.

I avoided anything dangerous

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My friend and professionals I contacted helped me identify what my personality needed for me to avoid any danger. For instance, I had to stop drinking and smoking for the sake of my baby’s well-being.

Brainstorming baby names

I never knew that finding the best name for my baby would be such an overwhelming exercise.  I came up with a list of all possible names that I would prefer before finally settling down for one that my partner was also comfortable with.

Finally, I was supposed to keep very clean always. Pregnant time is no time to get opportunistic infections, but sometimes you may not be inclined to bathe. Taking quick showers helps at such times.

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