The first step of your pregnancy, after seeing the little positive pregnancy test should to have it confirmed by a doctor. Call right away to have a pregnancy test done with your local doctor, you may be in luck and get in that same day or have to wait about a week or two. Patience will become your best friend during this time or your worst enemy, waiting can become a really hard thing when you want to know for sure whether you are or arent pregnant. More than likely youll get a phone call a few days later to confirm it.
Set up an appointment to see your OB/GYN or midwife as soon as possible, chances are youll be meeting his/her staff before you ever meet them. This is the first appointment where your doctor/midwife will want to know all your medical history. If you’ve been pregnant before, what types of sicknesses run in your family, etc. If you can, try making sure you know all of this ahead of time, maybe even have it all down on paper so when he/she asks you are prepared. During the days or weeks leading up to your appointment you may have concerns, write them down and be sure to ask them. Believe it or not doctors are there to help you, and they’ve been asked every question you can possibly think of. Before leaving your doctor may even give you a bag full of goodies all about being pregnant. Read these, they may prove beneficial and not to mention they’ve got coupons. Your doctor will either give you another appointment or have you set one up before leaving. There are some great books out there if you are really worried about what will happen next or how pregnancy is going to be, check them out at your local library.
Be sure that you get your prenatal vitamins, they are very important during your pregnancy. If for some reason you can’t take them, talk with your doctor he/she may be able to prescribe a lower dose or something different. You’ll get your first ultrasound, also known as US around your 20th week, this is usually when you find out what sex the baby is. However some doctors like to call it safe and give you an ultrasound around 10-12 weeks just to make sure your baby is in the proper place and all is going well. You will also be asked to take an orange drink that you must drink in five minutes. You’ll wait around for about an hour to three hours, at which point your blood gets taken and you can go home. The test determines if you have or have a chance of getting gestational diabetes.
At first your appointments will be about 4 weeks apart until you hit your 36th week and at that point it’ll be two weeks later and a week later after that until the baby is born. By now you should be preparing to have the baby. Yes, I’m sure you’ll have some anxiety towards the end of your pregnancy. You’ve went this far, it’s time you see your reward.
The degree of stretch marks vary from woman to woman, but you can be pretty sure that you will get stretch marks. Once stretch marks have developed you have the option of getting stretch mark removal laser treatments to reduce their appearance or you can use a pregnancy stretch marks cream to reduce their appearance. You do have options, but if it is still early in your pregnancy I recommend doing what you can to prevent stretch marks.
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