Congratulations – you are pregnant! Now what? Your mind is probably juggling many thoughts and questions, but don’t panic, this is a beautiful miracle and you have plenty of time before the little bundle arrives. If you’re wondering what to do next, here are a few important things you can do as you wait to meet your baby:
Check your medications
During your first prenatal visit or maybe even before, check with your doctor and find out what medications you need to be careful of. Some allergy medications or even ibuprofen might not be recommended. If you usually take ibuprofen for headaches or cramps, consider switching to Tylenol. It’s much better to play safe than sorry!
Find a workout plan
It’s very important to stay healthy and workout while you are pregnant since your body is going through a lot of changes. Working out will also decrease fatigue, boost mood and can improves your posture. It is also essential in avoiding an unnecessary cesarean birth as well as decreasing your chance of diabetes and high blood pressure in pregnancy.
Read as much as you can
Try to read books about babies and pregnancy, especially if you are a first time mom or you haven’t been around babies much. You will want to get as much information as you can about how to be healthy and keep the baby healthy and growing. Parenting can be a scary thought, especially when you are first starting out, so pick up a good book and start learning all you can. We recommend the OVIA app and the book: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin.
Find a the right doctor
Are you not sure where to begin looking for an obstetrician or a midwife? See if your gynecologist also practices obstetrics or better yet? Contact us at Maternal Resources to help you through the most exciting time of your life. We provide excellence in personalized birthing and pregnancy care.
Search up the Dos and Don’ts
Many doctors and midwives will recommend avoiding certain foods in pregnancy like raw meats, cheese and fish. They also caution agains changing cat litter (avoid toxoplasmosis!) and hot tubs, sauna, botox and retinol. Contact your doctor or us for a full list.!