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Hooray, I’m Pregnant! But What Now?

5 things to do when you find out that you’re expecting

Congratulations! Getting that blue line on a pregnancy test is without a doubt, one of the most amazing and life-changing moments for every mom-to-be, especially if it’s your first time with child.

Whether your pregnancy was planned or came as a lovely surprise, your emotions are sure to be mixed and all over the place. Breathe, this is normal. Once you’ve had a little time to process the news and tell your partner, these are five important things to do first.

  1. Choose a Doctor or Midwife

If you have taken a home pregnancy test, the first thing you will want to do is schedule a blood test at a hospital or clinic for confirmation. Those with pre-existing doctors or midwives should call them to set up an appointment. They will provide you with a date for your first antenatal appointment.

If you don’t have a preferred healthcare professional, consider getting one soon. Ask friends or family for recommendations, or look for a healthcare office that is nearest to your home or place of work.

  1. Share Your Big News

Not everyone announces their news early. You might have noticed many parents-to-be waiting until the end of the three-month mark before sharing their pregnancy with family and friends. This is because the risk of miscarriage is lower after the first trimester has passed and people don’t want to jinx anything. But remember, there are no rules! Have fun and enjoy sharing this special announcement with your loved ones at a time that best suits you and your partner.

  1. Look After Your Health

Your body is about to go through a lot of unexpected changes over the next few months. It is important for you and your baby that you prioritise your physical and mental health. Chat to your doctor about starting a prenatal vitamin regime and ask him/her to look at any medications that you are currently on to ensure the ongoing safety of both you and baby during pregnancy.

Nutrition, better lifestyle choices and exercise are essential during the pregnancy journey. A healthcare professional will be able to advise on the best and safest options over the next few months.

  1. Plan your Finances

Preparing for a baby isn’t just about buying adorable clothes and gushing over ultrasound photos. It involves a great deal of financial preparation. Now is the time to estimate medical costs and budget for your new arrival.

Here are a few things to consider when budgeting:

  • Be honest about your current and future financial position
  • Understand all the related medical costs with your doctor
  • Chat to your Medshield Medical Scheme Broker to understand what your private healthcare plan covers.
  • Plan a post-baby budget that includes all the new staples
  1. Establish a Plan for Your Job

Several women and men are unsure if (and when) they are legally obligated to inform their employers of their pregnancies. According to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, there is no specified time for that. However, soon you will need time out of the office to attend compulsory doctor’s appointments and will eventually need to inform your employer of proposed maternity leave dates. As such, it is advisable to have a work plan in case complications arise.

 

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