You're Pregnant! Now what?

Dr. Eduardo Torres, LBU West Dallas

 

Finding out whether or not you are pregnant can be an incredibly exciting, nerve-wracking, and emotional experience. The knowledge that you might be carrying a child can cause a wave of questions and emotions, regardless of whether you have been actively trying to conceive or are caught off guard by the possibility. So how can you be certain? Even though there are a variety of indications and symptoms that could point to pregnancy, a pregnancy test is the only way to be sure.

Here are 5 things you should do after you find you are expecting:

  1. Confirm the pregnancy with your doctor and begin receiving prenatal care, which is essential for the health of both you and your baby.
  2. Start taking your prenatal vitamins immediately if you are not already. Every woman that could potentially become pregnant should be using daily folic acid before conceiving to reduce the risks of miscarriages and fetal anomalies.
  3. Make lifestyle changes: Pregnancy is a time when you will need to make some lifestyle changes to promote a healthy pregnancy, such as quitting smoking, stop using drugs (even marijuana), avoiding alcohol, and avoiding certain foods.
  4. Start researching childbirth and parenting classes: This is a good time to start researching the different options available to you for childbirth education, and parenting classes.
  5. Start planning your pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care; This includes choices such as selecting an obstetrician, selecting a hospital, and making a birth plan.

It is always good to speak with your healthcare provider, they will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Call us today to make an appointment with LBU’s OB Team by calling (214) 540-0300.

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