The Top 5 Things You Do When You’re Expecting

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Not much can top the excitement of finding out you’re having a baby. The next nine months will be some of the most magical times in your life, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t challenging. The journey starts as soon as you find out. But what exactly should you do first? Here are the first five things you should do after you find out you’re expecting a little one:

1. Switch up your diet

Now that you’re eating for two, there are a few things to note before meals. Everything you consume can affect the baby, too, so take some extra precautions. A healthy lifestyle is always important but even more so now. Physicians opinions’ vary on what is safe to eat and what isn’t, so be sure to contact your trusted doctor for any specific recommendations on meal plans. However, you should definitely stray away from consuming alcohol and raw fish because both could be harmful to you and your baby.

Keep in mind that your body is changing every day. Foods that you normally would eat before your pregnancy could now upset your stomach. On the other hand, you could be experiencing cravings you never had before. The important thing to remember is to listen to your body, and consult a doctor with any specific questions.

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Changing up your diet is an essential part of pregnancy.

2. Find a doctor you trust

You may have a regular physician, but now that you’re pregnant, you probably want to consult with someone a bit more specialized. Do some research to explore your medical options. You’re going to want a doctor with whom you feel completely comfortable. Some women prefer a certain gender or age; these are all things to take into consideration.

But it doesn’t stop there. Because you won’t be this doctor’s only patient, you want to make sure he or she has time for you, too. The last thing you want is to realize he or she is going on vacation during your expected due date. Take the time to sort these specifics out so it doesn’t cause you any stress down the road.

3. Start informing your friends and family

The general rule of thumb is to start telling the people in your life after the first trimester – so about 10 to 12 weeks in. That’s because after this date, the possibility of having complications drops substantially. But don’t feel obligated to tell anyone until you’re comfortable.

4. Brainstorm baby names

Not all preparation work has to be tedious. Some of it can be fun, like choosing a name for your little boy or girl. You don’t have to make any official decisions. However, it never hurts for you and your partner to do a little research. Now is the time for discussion!

5. Prepare your home

There is going to come a time when you’re not as mobile as you are during the first couple of months of pregnancy. Take this time to do more active things like shopping, preparing the nursery and baby proofing your home. That way, you won’t feel overwhelmed when the due date fast approaches.