All pregnancies, whether they are planned or unplanned, come with a little nervousness and trepidation. If you were not planning to become pregnant but you feel you might be, the whole thing can come as a shock to the system. Having a baby is probably the biggest life milestone that exists, so it’s only natural to be scared, nervous, excited and overwhelmed all at the same time! Your body will change, as will your whole life, so it makes sense to feel overwhelmed.
Here is what to do if you suspect you are pregnant.
First thing’s first: don’t freak out. While you might not have planned a pregnancy, there’s no point in worrying about it until you get your pregnancy test results. Panicking will only cause your body to be stressed, which, if you are pregnant, is not good for the baby. Try to stay calm and think rationally.
Instead of panicking, you could start to come up with contingency plans. If the test is positive, you will need to work out a plan with your partner, if you have one, about how your new family member will affect your routine. This can help you get excited, rather than nervous, about the idea of being pregnant.
If you planned the pregnancy, try not to start hanging all your hopes upon a successful pregnancy until you have your results.
Book A Doctor’s Appointment.
While taking an at-home pregnancy test is a good idea whilst you await a doctor’s appointment, try not to rely too heavily on the results. While at-home pregnancy tests have developed in terms of accuracy over the years, the only way to determine one hundred percent whether you are pregnant is to speak with a doctor.
Early pregnancy scans are available at most hospitals, and can confirm whether or not your predictions are correct. These can also determine how far along in your pregnancy you are, the health of the foetus so far and any issues that have arisen.
Take Precautions As You Await Your Results.
If you aren’t sure whether you are pregnant, you should generally behave as if you are until you can confirm it with a doctor. This means avoiding certain things, including:
- Alcohol and drugs. Drinking or using drugs while pregnant can damage the foetus’ health.
- Smoking cigarettes.
- Dangerous sports, such as horse riding, quad biking, scuba diving, rock climbing or any contact sports like rugby or field hockey.
- Eating certain foods, such as eggs, cheese, or too much oily fish like salmon or tuna.
Speak With The Father
If you have a monogamous partner who is definitely the father of the baby, it is likely that the first thing you’ll do is speak with him if you suspect a pregnancy. However, if you suspect you are pregnant and are not with anyone seriously, it is important that you let the father of the baby know. If you are not on speaking terms, perhaps wait until the results are in before you broach the subject.
Overall, a pregnancy is a wonderful thing that will change your life for the better!
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