Falling pregnant seems straight forward in most cases we all seem to know the basic to do’s with that one!
What should you actually be doing AFTER you conceive though?
Well, it seems you’re a little late, and I don’t mean turning up to dinner 5 minutes late.
I’m talking days late for your period to arrive and scream out to you – ‘All is well in Uterus Town. You’re not pregnant this month!!’ Whether you’ve been trying to conceive, or it’s possibly a surprise development, you have 40 weeks (possibly less now depending on how far along you may be) to get yourself, your partner, your home and well your life organised and ready for this baby!!!
Once you start getting rational thoughts again in your mind, after the “surely not, but what if I am, but I can’t be, but geez I hope I am” initial stage, you should start your planning.. Just for you – I present to you – a Pregnancy To-Do List….taaadahhhh!! (Insert a whole heap of pomp and ceremony – you know trumpets, streamers, maybe the odd firework or two)
Your pregnancy countdown starts from the first day of your last period. So week one is your menstrual period. Even though your baby hasn’t been conceived yet, the expected birth date is calculated from this date. Although the average length of gestation is counted at 40 weeks, conception usually happens two weeks later, so the baby spends 38 weeks in the womb.
Week 2 – 4
Fertilisation has occurred. By week 4 the developing baby is tinier than a grain of rice still.
Take a pregnancy test – find out if its green lights go!
Make an appointment to see your doctor to confirm your pregnancy
Get reading! Look through pregnancy books, download apps that help you track progress or buy a diary or journal to track milestones and memories for the duration of your pregnancy. You can even check out our recommended top 10 pregnancy apps here
Take it easy. You may be experiencing morning sickness. Research and experiment with remedies. Everyone is different what works for one, may not work for others. Your baby’s heart is now beating.
Decide on where you are going to deliver your baby. Schedule your first Pre-Natal appointment that usually happens between weeks 8-12. Book in for your first ultrasound to check the development of your baby! How exciting!
Take note of products being used in the home and workplace. Are there chemicals that are being used that could harm your developing baby? Opt for eco-friendly products where possible. If you are using cleaning products around the home –wear rubber gloves and a face mask. Also, make sure there is adequate ventilation.
Start Shopping for maternity clothes. You will be noticing physical changes in your body now. A must do is to ensure you have a correctly fitting bra for your changing shape.
Next Page: Exercise Routine, Maternity Leave and start thinking about how you’ll tell your family and friends!