You have probably said, “I just found out I’m pregnant” to your doctor, family and friends before. This can be both a happy and a shocking time and most women are so focused on the fact that they are with child that they are not thinking about what they need to do. As soon as your pregnancy test says “pregnant” or “positive” it is time to get into action so that you can make sure that your pregnancy will be a happy and a healthy one.
Get a Pregnancy Test from Your Doctor
To confirm your pregnancy, you should see your doctor to get a blood pregnancy test. There are two blood tests your doctor will likely perform. To get a simple “yes” or “no” answer about your pregnancy, the qualitative hCG test is done. This tells you that you are indeed pregnant. Now, to measure the amount of hCG hormone in your blood, the quantitative blood test is performed.
A blood test is able to determine if you are pregnant faster than a urine or home test is able to. You can know if you are pregnant in as little as a week after conception with a blood test, where take home tests typically cannot tell you if you are pregnant until 14 days after you have conceived.
When you see your doctor to have the blood work performed, he or she can also perform a physical examination and give you additional information about pregnancy.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Body Changes
There are several things you want to prepare so that you can minimize symptoms and cope with the changes as much as possible. Prepare yourself for the following early pregnancy symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Strange food cravings
- Frequent urination
- Intense fatigue
- Sore breasts
There are other symptoms you might experience, but these are the most common. Your doctor can help you to reduce these so that you can be comfortable.
During your first trimester, you will start to experience some changes. These include things like darkened skin, thicker hair and acne breakouts.
Nutritional Changes to Make
What you eat directly impacts your growing baby, so you want to make sure that you have a healthy and well-rounded diet. First and foremost, you want to avoid the following during your pregnancy:
- White rind, soft cheeses
- Partially cooked or raw foods
- Foods that contain soil
- Undercooked or raw meat
- Raw shellfish
When you are eating for pregnancy, make sure that your diet is well-rounded and contains whole vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, whole grains and low-sugar dairy products. Talk to your doctor about taking a quality prenatal supplement.
Use this information above as soon as you learn that you are pregnant. The sooner you start preparing, the sooner you can be confident that you and your child will have the healthiest pregnancy possible. It will also give you some peace of mind to know that you are doing everything possible for your growing baby.