Even if you aren’t excited yet, it’ll grow on you.. Or in you, rather.
All puns aside, it’s a very interesting and amazing time in your life. For you, your hormones, your body, and of course everyone around you.
First things first!
“How do I know I’m pregnant?”
If you’ve only missed your period but haven’t taken a pregnancy test yet, go do it!
And don’t be let down if it’s not a definitive yes yet. I had an extremely
faint line but I went to the doctor that very evening to double check and they confirmed my suspicions.
In terms of what you should be feeling, some woman show no symptoms of pregnancy at the beginning.
I was tired, and I had very tender, sore breasts. I didn’t have any nausea at that point, but it can always come later.
“I’ve had a positive pregnancy test. Who should I tell?”
So, now that you know for sure, let your partner know! Hopefully they are as excited as you are (don’t worry, it’ll grow on them too!)
As far as telling other people, that’s up to your discretion. Most opinions are that you should wait until 3 months to spill the beans (due to risk of miscarriage) but I felt that it was more important to share it with close friends and family.
As a side note, I had an epiphany over the weekend about this whole “waiting 3 months to tell people” scenario. I decided to write another post about it here.
“Do I call a midwife? A doctor? Both??”
If it’s something you’re interested in, do some research on a midwife or a midwife collective you think would suit you and your partner. I would recommend doing this as soon as possible as they can get booked up fast.
It’s funny that most of the people (who haven’t been involved in pregnancy) I spoke to had no idea what a midwife was for. They thought that having a midwife automatically meant I wanted to have a home birth!
In case you are unfamiliar, midwives are generally there to prevent any unnecessary medical intervention (C-sections, drugs). Hospitals and doctors are often quick to use these interventions, rather than letting the natural birthing process happen. They are there to advocate for you!
If you don’t have a doctor already, you’ll need to find one that delivers babies. I moved from a small town where I had a GP so I contacted him and he referred me to a doctor in the city I’m currently in!
“Are there things I should avoid eating or drinking while pregnant?”
Unfortunately, some of your favorite things may be off of your menu for the next year! (Think of how worth it it will be though!)
- Obviously all drugs and alcohol are out the window but caffeine is going to have to take a back seat as well. Some studies claim that small amounts of caffeine aren’t harmful but I’m not taking the risk. Decaf for me!
- Raw foods such as sushi, tartar, runny eggs, or any under-cooked meat should be avoided. You don’t want to risk getting a food-borne illness!
- Are you still asking if you can eat oysters while pregnant? That’s going to be a no. (I know, it’s going to be a long 9 months.)
- Smoked meats and fish, hotdogs, other processed meats shouldn’t be consumes while you are pregnant (and should be eaten in moderation even if you aren’t!)
- Cheeses to avoid while pregnant include any soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert.
- Lesser known foods to avoid while pregnant include unpasteurized juices such as unpasteurized apple cider and milk products. Also in this list are raw sprouts (alfalfa sprouts).
Here is something that I learned while researching:
There are many herbal teas that you should avoid.
- Drinking chamomile tea during pregnancy may not be the best choice. If you are having one cup before bed to help you sleep, this should be alright but any more than that may actually have the opposite effect. Some studies claim that drinking chamomile during pregnancy may cause circulation issues in your baby.
- Health Canada’s pregnancy guide also says that “you’ll also want to avoid teas with aloe, coltsfoot, juniper berry, pennyroyal, buckthorn bark, comfrey, labrador tea, sassafras, duck root, lobelia and senna leaves.”
- Remember, as with everything else, drink herbal teas in moderation.
I would recommend taking a look at Health Canada’s “Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.” They cover most pregnancy related questions and include a pregnancy calendar that you can print off and track your pregnancy with!
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Best of luck! I hope to join you soon on your journey!