All week long you’ve been feeling a bit strange. Depending on where you are in your life this could mean a number of things, but you take a pregnancy test to be certain. The test is POSITIVE! You scream and jump in excitement! You have goose bumps and your heart is beating so fast you feel like it might even be harmful to your already-developing baby! BREATHE! Okay, so now you’re pregnant. What are you going to do next?
Your first instinct might be to drive to the nearest mountain top and announce the big news to the world. Don’t jump in the car just yet!
Breaking The News To Your Partner
Again, depending on where you and your partner are in life, baby news could mean different things to different people. You don’t want to keep the baby news a secret from your partner for too long because his or her participation will be extremely significant during your pregnancy (reference link to blog about how to help your partner during pregnancy).
Consulting A Doctor
Once your partner is on board the baby train, you should start discussing a doctor’s appointment together. Visit a professional at Contemporary Women’s Care to take another pregnancy test. This is just to be certain the results are accurate since at-home pregnancy can sometimes give false positives. Also you will want to talk medical expenses and prenatal appointments during your doctor visit.
Discussing Financial Options
Once you have spoken to your doctor about medical expenses, you will want to have a conversation with your partner about what this will mean financially for the home. Start a financial plan for all of the baby’s prenatal and postnatal needs and allocate expenses accordingly. This could also mean discussing maternity leave at work (reference link to “Maternity Leave” blog here) and so on.
Whether or Not To Tell Others
Once you know with 100 percent certainty that you are pregnant, you and your partner must now decide if and when to break the baby news to others. Your doctor will recommend waiting until after the first trimester to tell your friends at work and perhaps even your family members. This is because the first 12 weeks are the most fragile during pregnancy. Depending on how much self-control you have, this could either be a good or a bad thing. Many couples cannot contain their excitement and make the announcement right away. It’s a very personal decision for you to decide who you tell and when you tell them. Some women have no reservations about announcing the pregnancy to immediate family and /or close friends because this is a support network for them no matter what the pregnancy outcome.
Preparing Your Mind And Your Body
Now that all of the technical things are out of the way, these nine months are your opportunity to prepare for your baby’s arrival. Read baby books, eat healthy foods, and by all means get excited! Take this opportunity to enjoy time with your partner, friends, and family to prepare for the upcoming arrival. Also don’t forget to visit your Winter Park OBGYN at Contemporary Women’s Care for regular check-ups and updates on your baby’s development.