Congratulations! You’re expecting! Now what? Well first you should get an appointment with an OBGYN to check on the little one. It may be a couple weeks until they can get you in based on how many weeks pregnant you are. I was in denial, so I didn’t take a pregnancy test until I was about eight weeks pregnant. Which was actually great for me because, I only had to wait a couple days to go to my first doctor’s appointment. But Boy-Oh-Boy were those few days excruciating. I am not a patient person and waiting a few days for an appointment was a nightmare. So like any crazy person I spent hours online trying to find out what I needed to know before stepping foot the in doctors office. The good news is you don’t really need to do anything. The bad news is you don’t have anything to do while you wait.
With that In mind, and a little wisdom from other anxious mothers. I put together a short list of do’s and don’t’s before that first fateful appointments.
Do get lots of rest and fluids
Do start taking prenatal vitamins
Do continue any exercise regime
Do Stop smoking, drinking etc.
Do write down all your questions
Do take a shower before your appointment. You’re about to get very friendly with a perfect stranger, it’s always nice to put your best foot forward.
Don’t jump into a hot tub. In general try to keep your body temp below 100*
Don’t start telling the world about your new addition. While this is a personal preference, for me, it would be a nightmare to have to call everyone and tell them any bad news.
Don’t start buying baby clothes. Again this is personal preference, but I wouldn’t want baby clothes to be hanging around just in case something happened in the first vulnerable months.
Don’t get anxious over every twinge. There’s a good chance everything is fine.
Those are my tips. The unfortunate news is that there’s not much you can do to prepare. The main idea is to relax and enjoy knowing you’ve got a little peanut floating around somewhere deep in your pelvis and in a few months you’ll get to meet them!
How long did you have to wait for your first appointment? How did you cope?