Published on 14 January, 2019 and Updated on 16 January, 2020
You just took a pregnancy test and it’s…positive! Now you’re probably wondering what to do when you find out you’re pregnant. Well, first of all, congratulations! Take a deep breath. Grab your partner. Let the fact that you both are going to be parents sink in before you begin to check off what to do when you’re pregnant.
When you manage to come down from cloud 9 for a bit (and the million other little feelings that are bound to come up), there will be some things you need to do first. From changing your diet to taking a gender prediction test, here are the first five things all pregnant women should do after a pregnancy test is positive.
1.Call your OB-GYN (and your mom.)
It’s true that most OB-GYNs won’t see you until you’re at least 6 weeks, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting an appointment with your doctor on the books right away. It’ll give you a sense of calm to have a plan. Plus, the best doctors are often harder to get in with.
If you’re considering alternative birthing and care options, that’s awesome. Your regular OB-GYN is still a recommended place to start and will likely be your go-to resource throughout this process. You’ll be able to discuss care options and explore alternative birthing in the coming months.
2. Check in with your insurance company.
This one is admittedly a little less exciting, but definitely important and well worth the effort. Now is the time to make sure you clearly understand what your health care provider covers in insurance during pregnancy and through delivery, so you can start budgeting accordingly and avoid unexpected expenses.
Find out what portion of hospital visits and which medical tests they’ll cover (all or part of) and what portion of your deductible has been met this year. Keep in mind that if your due date is the following year, your deductible will revert back to the full amount. Get the facts from your health care provider so you can make them work in your favor.
3. Order your SneakPeek® Gender DNA test.
Now that you handled the less-than-exciting insurance stuff (nice job), let’s get to the fun part! Finding out the gender of your baby can be done in the second trimester with an ultrasound. However, if you’re eager to find out your baby’s gender earlier than ever before, you can do so with SneakPeek as early as at 8 weeks of pregnancy. Our early at-home gender blood test is the guaranteed fastest way to learn your baby’s gender. It’s also safe, secure, and can be completed in the comfort of your own home with 99.1% gender blood test accuracy. No need for a doctor’s appointment.
4. Eat clean(er).
If you’re like most of us, you’ve been eating clean-ish for a while now. Prenatal care is essential for pregnant women, so, this is the moment to up your game even more. Whenever your appetite allows it, stick to whole, minimally processed foods, with well-cooked, fresh protein (minimizing fish). And as you probably know – drinking alcohol and heavy caffeine is officially a no-go until after delivery. Following a clean diet in early pregnancy will set a healthy pregnancy routine until the birth of your child.
All that said, be easy on yourself. Many women in their first trimester can only stomach a few (slightly weird and random) things. Between the morning sickness, odd cravings , and mood swings, you’re bound to fall off the wagon a bit. If that’s you, do what you’re able to do.
5. Check your makeup and household products.
Before you put your favorite foundation on tomorrow morning, make sure to check the bottle. Many make-up products contain phthalates — a chemical you’ll want to avoid while you’re pregnant.
If you haven’t already, you should also look into switching your cleaning products over to a natural option. Classics like Bon Ami contain five simple ingredients that moms have trusted for decades. Plant-based products like BetterLife are also just a click away on Amazon.
Less waiting, more celebrating!
Getting to know your baby is one of the most exciting and joyful parts of pregnancy. SneakPeek products are designed to shorten the wait and help parents connect with their baby before and between doctor’s visits. Get a head start to your pregnancy and learn your child‘s gender as early as 8 weeks pregnant to best prepare. Leading up to the birth of your child, be sure to follow the above. To further connect with your baby during pregnancy, you can also check out our fetal doppler which allows you to hear your baby’s unique sounds. At SneakPeek, we empower you to seek the best of your pregnancy and enjoy this journey as a new mama.