Breaking the news to your partner
It’s time to share the news with your husband or partner. Don’t go through the roller coaster of emotions alone—let him know how you feel about this pregnancy. It’s advisable to tell him in person. This is you can also see his reaction and you can process the news together.
Your first prenatal visit to the doctor
Your first appointment with your obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) is crucial to ensure you commence your pregnancy journey right, and that you’re armed with all the information you’ll be needing. During this visit, get your doctor acquainted with your medical history. He or she will conduct all the necessary tests to confirm the pregnancy (yes, home pregnancy tests can sometimes fail), ensure you’re fit for it, and give you advice if there are any issues you may face in the process.
Remember, your OB-GYN is going to be your partner too for the next 40 weeks. It’s great to choose one you trust and feel comfortable with.
Experiencing your first bouts of pregnancy discomforts
Pregnancy is not going to be easy for some women. You will experience a lot of body changes and pregnancy discomforts. Some may frustrate you if you don’t know how to deal with them. These include weird food cravings and aversions, morning sickness, fatigue, breast pain, and many more.
You may also start feeling the weight of having another person to carry and your body will start to stretch. During this period, make sure to have some helpful buddies to help you through the changes. You can try a prenatal lotion or a stretch mark prevention oil.
Hearing baby’s first heartbeat
The first ultrasound is usually performed during this period. You get to meet your little one for the first time by hearing the first thumping of his or her heart. This makes everything feel real. You’ll find out how this moment can be life-changing for so many expecting moms and dads-to-be. Don’t forget to document this moment (if your doctor will allow you)!
Announcing the pregnancy
Sharing this special news to everyone is a personal decision. While others announce right after seeing those two lines on the pregnancy test, experts advise to wait until pregnant women pass the 12-week mark since this is already a safe time as the risk of miscarriage is lower than when you are in the first trimester. There are now many creative ways to break the pregnancy news, whether it’s via social media or in an intimate celebration.