A positive pregnancy test can leave you feeling overwhelmed with emotions: excitement, surprise, joy, and even fear. Whether your pregnancy was planned or comes as a total surprise, it can be difficult to know what to do after a positive pregnancy test. We’ve put together a short list of things you should do after a positive pregnancy test.
1. Make an Appointment with Your Doctor
The first thing you should do after a positive pregnancy test is to make an appointment with your doctor. With at-home pregnancy tests, there’s always a chance of a false positive or evaporative line. Visiting your doctor as soon as you get a positive pregnancy test reading will allow you to confirm your pregnancy through blood work and rule out any of these issues. Some practitioners will not schedule your first appointment until you miss two periods, while others will schedule you immediately. It’s particularly important, however, to see your doctor sooner than later if you have a history of previous pregnancy loss, chronic conditions, or are experiencing any pain or bleeding.
2. Share the News with Your Partner and Close Loved Ones
Once your doctor confirms your pregnancy, it’s a great time to share the news with your spouse, and close family members or friends. Getting a positive pregnancy test is a life-changing event—so receiving a positive reaction from family and close friends can help you adjust to the news and feel a sense of reassurance. Furthermore, sharing the news of your pregnancy with your loved ones is a great way to foster a support system throughout your pregnancy journey. Keep in mind it’s best to wait to make a broader announcement to acquaintances and coworkers until the second trimester.
3. Learn More About Pregnancy
The time following a positive pregnancy test is ideal for seeking educational resources about pregnancy. Find books and online resources that will shed light on what you can expect during your pregnancy week by week. Some resources also allow moms to learn more about the developmental changes their growing baby experiences along each stage of pregnancy. It’s also a great idea to sign up for local pregnancy classes in your area. Not only will this help you learn more about the pregnancy process and make the right decisions for you and your baby, but it will also allow you to connect with pregnant women in your community.
4. Practice Self Care
After a positive pregnancy test, it’s important to begin practicing good self-care habits. You want to make sure you are avoiding alcohol, taking a prenatal vitamin, and eating a healthy and balanced diet. It’s also a great time to research exercise options that are safe for pregnancy. Minimizing stress and getting enough sleep is vital for the health of you and your growing baby.
North Florida Ob-Gyn of Jacksonville Beach
The time after a positive pregnancy test can be so exciting and also full of mixed emotions. Hopefully, by following some of the tips we outlined above, you can begin your road to a healthy and happy pregnancy from the start. At North Florida Ob-Gyn of Jacksonville Beach, our delivery team understands that pregnancy can be an especially rewarding time. Our all-female delivery team of board-certified Ob-Gyn specialists offers complete obstetrical care for both mom and baby. As mothers themselves, they have each been through this experience and strive to make it as easy and comfortable as possible. Contact us today to make an appointment!