I’m Pregnant, Now What?!?!
Finding out you’re pregnant can be extremely exciting and scary at the same time. I know when I finally peed on that stick I was in awestruck, then again I was also planning a wedding so that was the first thing that came to mind. Although the excitement was overwhelming I also had a cloud of doubt. The what-ifs began to accumulate in my head and I had just found out 2 mins ago. One thing that always keeps me sane is research and knowing every gritty, missing ulna, preterm labor symptom, were the things I needed to!
I compiled a list for every trimester so you have the advantages of having all the information you need in a one stop shop!
1.) Book a Doctor’s Appointment
Once you find out you’re pregnant you should go to your insurance website and see what doctors are covered under your plan. I googled so many that I was covered for and am extremely happy I did! Most doctors don’t have good ratings because there’s always that one angry asshole but read some of them and decide for yourself. A good site to look up doctors scores is through Health Grades. Not all doctors are great and some don’t even offer sonograms till after 20 weeks!
2.) Baby Books
Let’s start with books which I think is one of the first things that pop into all newly preggo people. I actually read through quite a bit of book’s but these are my current favorites!
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
This is a wonderful book to have if you are expecting your first child.
I honestly like this book a lot. There weren’t a ton of graphics which would have been nice but its very informative and they finally released a new edition in 2016. I think what I liked most is it wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows and it also had a section in the back just about miscarriage. Which I know isn’t something you want to have but let me tell you when I got this book I never laid eyes on that section and ended up having a miscarriage with my first. Being able to go home and read that in my private time eased my mind and made me come to terms with what was going to happen.
The Expectant Father
Now I almost wish I just read this book, it’s honestly pretty funny and will help your husband make it through the morning sickness and crazy ups and downs. This book gives a funny twist on what’s to come and some comical graphics as well. Plus its only $6 what do you have to lose?!?!
3.) Make a List of Questions for Your Doctor
This is something I always tried to do. But once I got to the doctor’s office it was like I had gotten on stage and forgotten all my lines. So I would suggest putting an alarm on as well to remind you to ask those important questions.
4.) Prenatal Vitamins
Picking a prenatal vitamin boils down to which one doesn’t make you sick! Some are the size of an avocado and they all taste absolutely horrible so get ready for that. I started out with the Rainbow lights and everything was all good and dandy till one day my morning sickness said NO MORE! I decided to talk to my doctor and she prescribed me some that were not harsh on my stomach.
If your having trouble keeping the vitamins down always consult your doctor they will hook it up. Plus its wayyyyyy cheaper for a prescription.
Don’t forget your folic acid for that baby brain too!
5.) Figure Out Maternity Leave
This one can be very confusing especially if you live in a state that had paid maternity leave. I will have an article explaining the California disability leave soon.
If not one of those lucky few they I would suggest talking to your employer/HR department. Get a full rundown on what is paid, not paid, and amount of time total allowed for both combines. This will help you get your foot in the door on being realistic on the amount of time you will have with your new cute baby.
6.) Nursing Bras
So you probably won’t see this on anyone else’s first-trimester list but dangit my boobs were so sore I couldn’t wear any of my bras. I started wearing maternity bras on week 10! lol Plus I’m a huge saver and if you start looking ahead then you can snag some awesome deals!
My favorite deals are honestly with Motherhood Maternity, I would never buy anything full price there but they email you awesome coupons! If you have a store near you can get them to ship to store for free too! Well worth it, I tried so many others and these were hands down my favorite.
7.) Belly Bands
So I know you’re probably thinking it’s way to early to even think about this type of thing…. I’m a baby when it comes to any type of pain and I’m pretty sure my child is already that way. I HATED any type of pressure on my abdomen at the end of the first trimester.
The Belly Button saved my life! Its an extension of your pants and also doubles as an undershirt look-a-like.
Plus you can get them for FREE
That’s right just use this code “Bumbnbundlesfree” at checkout and you can get $40 off. Which equals 2 FREE belly bands. So there’s really no risk in trying out these bad boys and you won’t regret it either.
8.) Safe Food List
Now that you’re pregnant you get to not eat the things you love!!! YAY lol!!!! Just kidding, kind of…. While there’s a lot of things you cant eat its not all so bad. I actually branched out and found new things that are healthy. I also cheated a little with the sushi thing but hey nobodies perfect right. Here is a list of some of the biggies that you should try to avoid:
- Processed Meat – ham, chicken, salami – don’t eat, unless cooked.
- Raw Meat – including sushi and make sure you cook your meat til it’s no longer rare.
- Cold Cooked Meat – eg. Chicken meat from a salad bar
- Raw Seafood, Ready to Eat Prawns
- Soft and Semi-soft cheeses – brie, camembert, ricotta, fetta, blue
- Soft serve icecream
- Fried Icecream
- Raw milk
- Raw eggs – must cook until the yolk is firm. No cake batter, cookie dough, or mayonnaise.
- Prepackaged Salads/Salad Bar Salads
- Any kind of sprouts
- Stuffing from Chicken or turkey
- Any processed food item more than 1-2 days old.
- Leftovers more than 1 day old.
- Anything very high in salt
- Fish high in mercury
- Too much Caffeine
21 Isn’t bad, right? You got this! Only a few months left to go!
9.) 30 Minute Walks
Now you may be an awesome workout guru and are way above me on this but for me, it was the 30 min walks. Which I must say are nice, my husband is addicted to his phone and this made him get off of it for a little bit and just talk with me. Just getting out for a little bit helps but always listen to your doctor if he/she says no the sit your butt down!
10.) Pregnancy Journals
I have tried out the three below and will give my honest opinion of them each:
This was the first one I had ever had and I loved it until I looked into some others on my 2nd pregnancy. This is a good starter one but not my favorite. It doesn’t really include your significant other like some of the other ones. It does include pouches which is always nice since those sonogram pictures eventually fade once they have been handled many times
Bump for Joy
The Bump for joy book was my favorite, it had cute graphics and lots of information to fill out. It was a lot more in-depth than the last one. Along with all the cute milestones the book also includes valuable information about pregnancy and milestones along the way.
Sophie the Giraffe Pregnancy Journal
However, if we get down to the nitty-gritty and I have to pick this one is my absolute favorite. I think this is totally a personal opinion between this one and the Bump for Joy. If you live next to a Buy Buy Baby you can go take a look at this book in person first but I would definitely go through Amazon. You can click on any of the pictures on this post and it will lead you to that product.