I still remember the feeling of seeing those two lines come up on a pregnancy test for the very first time. It was a mix between excitement and a sudden panic of “oh my gosh, am I REALLY ready for a baby”.
In that moment, everything changes. So if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at what’s next, here are my top tips.
So You’ve Got Two Lines… What’s Next?
Start Taking Folic Acid
Ideally folic acid should be taken for 3 months prior to conception, but even if you haven’t taken it in advance, there are still big benefits to taking folic acid from now. You can take it as part of prenatal vitamins or just as a tablet on it’s own. Whatever you choose, get started today!
See Your GP
Your GP is the ideal first step once those two lines show up on a pregnancy test. They can advise you on any other tests you might need as well as give you guidance on booking into your local hospital or chosen obstetrician.
Decide On Private vs Public
One of the first questions you’ll probably be asked by your GP is where you plan to have your baby.
If you have private hospital insurance that covers maternity then you will most likely have the option of choosing to go to a private hospital to have your baby or to the local public hospital.
There may also be other options such as a birthing centre or GP shared care. Talk to your doctor about what choices are available in your area. You may also like our guide on having your baby in a private vs public hospital.
Book In To Have Blood Tests
Your GP will probably send you to have some initial blood tests. Some doctors do this straight away while others wait until you are a bit further along. Check with your doctor if you need to have any blood tests and find out when you need to book in.
There will be more blood tests later in pregnancy (including one to screen for gestational diabetes) but your doctor or midwife will keep you informed of when you need to have these.
Research & Book Early Screening Tests
One of the things your GP, obstetrician or midwife will probably discuss with you early on are some of the screening tests available in pregnancy. Specifically there are early screening tests for certain syndromes and genetic conditions that can be performed around 10-14 weeks into your pregnancy.
Not all women choose to have these tests but it is good to be informed of what your options are. There is a specific window of time during which they can be done, so let your caregiver know if you are planning to have them.
Get Up To Date On Healthy Eating Guidelines
Pregnancy is an important time for your body and your baby. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for your growing baby. Along with avoiding alcohol, there are certain foods it’s best to steer clear of. Now is a good time to get up to date on what to eat and what to avoid while you are pregnant.
Healthy Mummy Smoothies are a healthy addition to your diet during pregnancy. We recommend you swap to the pregnancy smoothie mix during your pregnancy as this has additional nutrients essential for this special time.
You’re pregnant! Congratulations.
Don’t forget to enjoy this special time. Try not to become anxious in these early weeks, worrying about what could go wrong. While you might be waiting for the 12 week mark to announce your news to the world, take some time to celebrate with those close to you. You’re growing a new little human and it’s incredible.