You missed your menses...did your pregnancy test... and you are pregnant! What's next?
1) GET AN EARLY ULTRASOUND SCAN
First go see your doctor and get an early antenatal scan done. This is crucial especially for those who are unsure of their last menstrual date as well as to ensure that the pregnancy is within the uterus (not an ectopic!)
2) TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
Folic acid (at least 500 mcg daily) must be taken 3 months before you are pregnant till the 3rd month of your pregnancy. Adequate consumption of folate in your diet throughout this duration will minimize 2 deadly and serious condition in your baby, ie spina bifida and anencephaly.
3) MORNING SICKNESS
You will usually encounter morning sickness starting from about 7th week into your pregnancy through till 12 weeks. From my perspective, morning sickness is not a bad thing. The hormone that makes you nauseous throughout the day is the exact same hormone that keeps your pregnancy strong. You can read more on things to do and avoid when you have morning sickness HERE.
4) MEDICATION SAFETY
Always seek a doctor's advice before you consume any medications especially traditionally concocted ones.
5) BALANCED DIET
Take good care of your diet, stay away from processed food and take a balanced and a wide variety of fresh food. However, you do not need to eat for 2! During pregnancy, you will need an additional 500 Kcal, which can be fulfilled by taking 2 glasses of milk per day.
6) PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
You do not need to just sit and laze around throughout your entire pregnancy. For those who has never exercised before, you can start by going for a 30 minute brisk walk daily. For those who are previously active, you can still continue with your physical activities throughout your pregnancy. However, dangerous activities like bungy jumping, etc are usually not advisable.
Can you travel when you are pregnant? Yes! You can. However, different airlines have different travelling restrictions, so do check it out before your travelling date.
8) WHICH HOSPITAL TO DELIVER YOUR BABY?
Start looking around for a obstetrician to deliver your baby.
Start shopping for maternity clothes to accomodate your growing tummy. At the same time, you should be preparing your list of must haves to welcome your baby very soon!
10) PACK YOUR DELIVERY NECESSITY BAG
Nearing your delivery date, pack your delivery bag and have it ready in your car boot! .Your delivery bag checklist.
Last but not least, it is very important to enjoy your pregnancy and to be able to not worry about your expanding waistline for awhile! Take plenty of photos throughout your pregnancy journey and appreciate this time when you have thick nice hair and wonderful skin, all thanks to your pregnancy hormones!