Whoo hooo! Congratulations you have just found out you’re preggers!
- Make a note of when your last period was – you’ll need this information repeatedly
- Think back to when you might have conceived – make a note
- Do you know your blood type and that of the father – might seem strange but all will be revealed
- Think about both of your families medical histories and make a note
Now if you didn’t already do a clear blue digital pregnancy test which tells you roughly how many weeks you are – I would do if I were you! It’s exciting to know how far along you are pus your doctor will need to know too.
Otherwise don’t panic: we will explain here:
Your pregnancy will be calculated in weeks from the first day of your last period.
So if your last period was on Jan 1st but today’s date is 17th Feb, you will be 5 weeks pregnant. A calendar really helps with this. And throughout the pregnancy you will be referred to as 5+2 or 23+6 which means 5 weeks & 2 days pregnant or 23 weeks and 6 days pregnant
Now here’s the trickier part – what about ovulation and implantation – what if you didn’t have sex way back then but only a few weeks ago? This is how pregnancy is calculated albeit your embryo in reality might be only 2 -3 weeks old.
Once you have either done a digital test or calculated how far along you are, it’s time to tell the Doctors.
Get an appointment to discuss any issues on your mind, family medical history, blood pressure, get checked for sti’s, talk about your weight, thyroid issues if u have any as well as your blood type.
Blood type is important in pregnancy IF you are a negative rhesus ; i.e. O negative the rhesus is the positive or negative status. The reason it’s important is because if you have a negative rhesus and your baby has a different blood type, you can end up building anti- their blood cell type which can affect you in future pregnancies.
So it’s very important to know what your blood type is and to let your medical team know what your blood type is.
You’ll also need to be aware that duringnyour pregnancy any vaginal bleeding will mean you will require an anti-d injection to counteract any potential issues.
Now if you haven’t been already- start taking folic acid supplements – it may already be part of the prenatal supplements you have. HOWEVER if you have a BMI over 30 you will need a higher dose of folic acid and this is important for the first 12 weeks. I’d also throw in omega3 supplements too you can get those with ginger which may help with morning sickness.
Thyroid issues – if you have hypo or hyper theyroidism during your first 12 weeks the baby depends 100% on your thyroid working. So you need to get your levels checked and medication adjusted if required.
Now you have seen the doctor you need to get booked in with your local community midwife (mw). You should be seen around 8weeks – they won’t see you before this (which is bizarre considering folic acid requirements noted above) but don’t panic if it’s not til a bit later.
At your first appointment (it’s called a booking in appointment) the mw will glean as much information about you and your partner as she can including medical history. So it’s easiest to be prepared with your notes from above. They’ll ask you whether you smoke,drink, drugs, diseases, medical conditions you and your family have had, immunisations etc. It definitely takes some time.
This is also a good time for you to ask any questions that’s on your mind too. So be prepared.
She will give you a pregnancy book where a record of how your pregnancy is developing will be recorded. You take this to all appointments. She will also give you other booklets and information on pregnancy, breast feeding, diet etc.
She will tell you the date of your next appointments and when you can expect to have scans of your baby.
Remember if you don’t wish to have a student present for any of your appointments you have the right to ask them to leave.