Your pregnancy test came back positive. You’re facing thousands of emotions. And now you’re in awe. Congratulations Mama! You’ve entered Trimester 1 and have already started growing a little human inside of you. But – what do you do now?
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This was the first question I asked myself when I found out I was pregnant. Of course, when I found out that I was now in control of nurturing a little human inside of me, I was overwhelmed. For 1) I was a first-time Mom and for 2) I had no idea what to do next!
But today, I’m here to help guide you during the “now, what?” moment. Learning that you are pregnant is already a big leap in life but learning what to do during pregnancy can become easier starting with these steps below.
1. Take Prenatal Vitamins
If you haven’t already done so, it is recommended that you start taking your prenatal vitamins. Prenatal vitamins are beneficial to you and your baby because it fills in for the nutrients that your food diet may be lacking: folic acid, calcium, and iron.
- Folic Acid is essential to a healthy development of the neural tube (which later becomes the brain and spinal cord).
- Calcium helps grow strong bones and teeth for mother and baby and also helps baby’s muscular and nervous system operate normally.
- Iron supports the development of red blood cells called hemoglobin, which can transport oxygen and blood to your baby.
2. Review Your Healthcare Coverage Options
Okay Mama, now that you’re pregnant, your next step would be to review your healthcare coverage options. By knowing your financial options, you can schedule your first prenatal appointment with less stress!
If you have medical insurance coverage, you might want to:
- Review your Maternity coverage
- Take note of your coinsurance – the amount that the insurance will cover vs. the amount you are responsible for
- Take note of your copay for Office Visits – this is the amount you will pay up front at your Doctor visits
- Review your deductible – the amount you must satisfy before your health insurance company covers the remaining costs of healthcare services
- Understand what type of medical services your insurance will cover – Doctor visits, anesthesia, health screenings, ultrasounds, lab work, birthing classes, etc…
If you don’t have medical insurance you can:
- Find federal and state government healthcare coverage options for pregnant Moms
- Sign up with a Marketplace health insurance plan (having a baby is a qualifying event that allows you to sign up with an insurance plan outside of enrollment period)
3. Schedule Your First Prenatal Appointment
Scheduling your first prenatal appointment can be scary and exciting. You don’t know what the process is and how it works right?
If you are covered under a health insurance plan, I advise you finding a list of Doctors (OBGYN) that are within network. In-network providers are less expensive than out-of-network providers. With a list of Doctors in hand, you can funnel down to that one Doctor that meets your needs and interests.
To find your selected Doctor, you can:
- Read reviews about different Doctors
- Ask family and friends for recommendations (I personally recommend this choice)
- Learn about the type of services that the Doctor offers and what their charges may include
- Find a Doctor that is closest to your home for shorter traveling distance
Once you schedule an appointment with your Doctor, you may want to write down a list of questions about pregnancy you would like to ask so that you are prepared when you go in for the appointment.
4. Download a Pregnancy App
What is a pregnancy app? A pregnancy app is an app that helps pregnant Moms throughout pregnancy.
With a pregnancy app, you can track how far along you are on a week-by-week basis. You can also learn baby’s weekly growth and development, jot down notes and health information, or browse a list of resources that can be helpful to you.
My favorite feature about a pregnancy app is the ability to view how big your baby is on a week-by-week basis!
Are you in week 10?* “Baby is as big as a kumquat!”
Here are 5 pregnancy and baby tracking apps you can download today:
- What to Expect Pregnancy & Baby Tracker
- Pregnancy Tracker & Countdown to Baby Due Date by BabyCenter
- The Bump Pregnancy Tracker
- Pregnancy App & Baby Bump Tracker – Glow Nurture
- Pregnancy + by Health & Parenting
5. Buy a Pregnancy Book
Your pregnancy will be a 9-month long journey and it’s important to read and learn as much information as you can about pregnancy. The symptoms, food diet recommendations, labor and delivery, and more.
You will get all the details and information you need in one of my favorite book, Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by the Mayo Clinic.
In this book, you will read pregnancy information on a month-to-month basis, read about labor signs, pregnancy symptoms, and how to prepare before baby’s arrival. It helped me greatly throughout pregnancy as I learned about baby’s growth each week as well as my labor and delivery options.
Other top pregnancy books are:
What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Genevieve Howland
6. Start a Pregnancy Journal
Pregnancy journals are great for memory-keeping. You will be surprised by how fast 9 months will pass and each and every moment is special.
With a pregnancy journal, you can:
- Plan your savings for baby
- Write down pregnancy events
- Organize Doctor appointments
- Keep track of baby’s growth and development
- Create a photo album
Although pregnancy only lasts for a short time period, you can make it last forever by grabbing your very own journal.
7. Sign up with text4baby
Last but not least, sign up with text4baby. It is a program for Moms to keep track of their baby’s development and growth. You get text messages every few days with tips on baby growth and development milestones.
One thing I love about the program is that it guides me throughout pregnancy up until my baby turns one year old. I also get appointment reminders and resources sent via text message. Learn more about it here.
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