Five things to do when you find out you’re pregnant

If you've just found out you're pregnant, you might be wondering exactly what do do next...so here are five things to do when you find out you're pregnant

Have you just found out you're pregnant? If so, congratulations!

A positive pregnancy test might be something you've been expecting, especially if you've suspected you had early pregnancy symptoms. It might be a happy surprise, or a result that's completely unexpected. You might have taken one test or peed on what seems like hundreds.

Either way, you're probably feeling overwhelmed with all the emotions right now, as well as wondering - what exactly do I now?

Here are five things to do when you find out you're pregnant:

Are you taking folic acid? You might already take a daily folic acid or pre-conception supplement that contains folic acid, especially if you've been trying for a while. If not, take one straight away. Find out the details about what vitamins you need to take alongside folic acid and why these are so important during early pregnancy in our post on what you need to know about folic acid. Consider taking a combined pregnancy supplement like Pregnacare too.

Call your GP and book in with your midwife: Checking in with your local GP surgery should be high up on your list. However, be prepared to be underwhelmed - if you're sure of the result it's unlikely they will test you again. Some surgeries won't even need to see you, which might feel like a bit of an anti-climax if you're expecting a fuss! However, insist on seeing a doctor ASAP if you know of any potential medical issues or there are any medications you take that might not be compatible with pregnancy. If this isn't the case, you'll probably see the midwife for your booking-in appointment at around nine weeks.

Make some lifestyle changes: You might well have spent some of your very early pregnancy socialising, especially over Christmas and New Year. Don't panic though! Make changes now - cut out alcohol and cut down on caffeine, stop smoking and make sure you're eating and avoiding the right foods in pregnancy.

Find out your due date: Will you have a cosy autumn newborn, or a happy spring birth? Find out by using an online pregnancy due date calculator. And if you're keen to find out more about what's happening to your body, read weekly pregnancy updates.

Decide on when you'll announce your pregnancy: You might want to shout your news from the rooftops right away. Or you might want to keep it a secret for as long as possible, or at least till the 12 week scan. Remember, it's up to you! If you're going to keep it to you then read our tips on how to keep your early pregnancy a secret.

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