Pregnant? Start Here
Finding out you are pregnant is a pivotal moment in anyone’s life. Some find out they are pregnant at an unexpected time and now face many options in moving forward. Some find out they are pregnant as planned and can now move forward. Some find out they are finally pregnant, after waiting for so long. Some find out they are pregnant again, after already experiencing a loss, and are fearful of the road ahead. Most feel a complex set of emotions and thoughts, planned or unplanned.
If you have not seen a care provider yet, the first step after seeing a positive urine test is to get a blood test to confirm the pregnancy. You may see an OB/GYN, midwife, family physician, or go to a clinic. Local pregnancy clinics can assist you in confirming your pregnancy as well as exploring what options you have and possibly provide prenatal and postnatal care for you. If you have established care with an OB/GYN or midwife, they can also assist you in confirming your pregnancy, discussing options, and providing prenatal and postnatal care.
Once the pregnancy is confirmed, you will likely be given a “due date”. Typically, this is based on your last menstrual period, but if you do not know the last time you’ve gotten a period, an ultrasound early in the pregnancy can also establish a due date. If you do know the date of the first day of your last menstrual period, you can configure a due date yourself using this calculation:
First day of last menstrual period – 3 months + 7 days = estimated due date.
Example: first day of last menstrual period was January 1, so: 1/1 – 3 months = 10/1 + 7 days = 10/8.
October 8 would be your estimated due date.
There is only a small chance that you may deliver on your “due date” and more likely that you will deliver sometime between two weeks before and two weeks after that date. Your due date falls on the day that your baby is considered 40 weeks gestational age, but a full term baby can be between 38-42 weeks gestational age.
Pregnancy is measured in weeks because such rapid and huge developmental and physically changes are happening all the time, that one weeks’ difference makes a difference. These weeks are then grouped together into trimesters to separate the stages of pregnancy.
Beginning on the last date of your period, the first two weeks of pregnancy are before conception begins. If you are planning to become pregnant, prenatal vitamins prior to conceiving can be beneficial for the development of the baby, as well as a healthy diet and exercise. If you’ve only just found out that you are expecting, prenatal vitamins, exercise, and a healthy diet should begin as soon as possible. However, always check with your health care provider before beginning anything new. It also beneficial to stop using substances such as alcohol, nicotine, recreational drugs, and limit caffeine intake.
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