Yipee! It's confirmed, I'm pregnant...now what?
Congratulations - you're expecting!
If you've tested positive, this is the start of a great experience! There are a lot of changes happening in your body now and you will probably be wondering what they are and also what you're supposed to do next.
The first doctor’s visit
Once your pregnancy is confirmed your doctor will arrange antenatal bloods including an infectious disease screen (for things like HIV and Hepatitis) an immunity screen (for chicken pox and rubella) and a baseline assessment for things like anaemia, vitamin D and iron levels and kidney and liver function tests.
A urine screen for UTI is also done as this is often ‘silent’ in pregnancy and can lead to complications. Your doctor can discuss screening of the baby’s chromosomes through NIPT (as early as 10 weeks) or the first trimester screen (12 weeks).
Symptoms in the early days
Not every woman suffers morning sickness during the first trimester but be prepared to feel extremely tired as your body adjusts itself. You may experience what feels like light period pains in the first weeks, your breast will begin to swell and feel tender, you may get headaches, feel more thirsty than usual and go to the toilet more.
Your stomach will begin to distend a little, or at least feel harder as the embryo settles into the womb. You will also be feeling the joy of 'having a secret' as you wait to share your news with the world – most wait until after the first scan.
The first ultrasound scan
Normally, once the pregnancy is confirmed, you will have a viability scan around 6-7 weeks. This scan is not harmful to the growing fetus or the mother and is the best marker for calculating the exact due date.
A second scan is offered at around 12 weeks to screen for syndromes associated with abnormal chromosomes (eg Down syndrome). This scan is combined with a blood test and the mother’s age to provide a risk score (first trimester screen).
How often should I visit my doctor?
Your doctor or gynaecologist will schedule your appointments according to each check-up. Low risk women will only require several appointments over the course of the pregnancy. High risk pregnancies (eg older women, IVF pregnancies, twins, women with medical problems) require more frequent visits.
It's now time to take care of your health, nutrition and to rest properly. Embrace with joy the new life growing within!
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