I’m pregnant, now what?
It’s finally happened. Or maybe, it surprisingly happened. You’re pregnant and whether you’re in a calm, steady planning process or a blissful rush, you have a brand-new question; now what? What do you do from here? What is the first thing you need to organise? What needs to change and what do you need to improve? Read on to get some tips on your pregnancy, the what, where and how.
Once you’ve told your mum and purchased a baby on board badge, the first thing you should do is book an appointment with your doctor. This will be the first of many doctor visits and midwife appointments, but it is one of the most important ones. They will check your general health, give you pregnancy advice based on your lifestyle and, most importantly, calculate a due date! Once you have a due to you can crack on with the rest…
Secondly, in order to plan, you really need to understand your rights. This needs to be determined in two halves; initially you need to check your rights at work. This includes how much maternity you are entitled to and your employment rights. Does the company you work for provide any other benefits? It would be beneficial to book in a meeting with your HR manager and they will be able to guide you as clearly as possible. Following this, it is in your best interest to find out about any benefits you are entitled to by the government, this should include childcare benefits. On the back of this you should be able to make a thorough plan with all the information you need to ensure you get the most out of your pregnancy and plan your finances effectively.
Now you have the technical stuff sorted, we can look at the physical stuff! Folic acid. Folic acid is very important in the development of a healthy foetus. You can get these from brands like Pregnacare and this will support you and the development of your baby. Additionally, it is important to do light exercise; if you have always been into intense exercise then you should discuss with your doctor. On top of this, stick to a healthy diet. Whilst you will have cravings (and if they are sensible, satisfy these cravings until your heart’s content!) it is important that you maintain a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy.
We would also recommend that you check Healthy Start a programme started by the NHS to see if you are eligible for their free vouchers to help buy vitamins for yourself and your new-born baby.
Ok so; doctor, check. Financials, check. Wellbeing, check. It’s time to start shopping! Whilst tiny shoes and adorable dresses are a no brainer, we need to start with the essentials. Make a list of the key items you will need for your baby e.g a stroller and start looking around the market for the best deals.
As your pregnancy develops, we recommend that you think about what your ideal birthing environment would be and visit the maternity unit where you plan to give birth. This will give you an opportunity to look around and ask any questions that you have, and it will help you decide on where to give birth, especially if this is your first pregnancy.
As your pregnancy progresses, ensure you have read up as much as possible and you know what to expect. This includes things like knowing the signs of labour to understanding the ways in which your body will change.
Once you’ve got your head around these things and hopefully managed to tame those early pregnancy symptoms it’s time for the fun stuff, like brainstorming baby names and stocking up on maternity clothes aka the comfiest clothes you’ll ever own! Good luck, we’re sure you’ll be great!