So you just found out you’re pregnant, congratulations and I’m super excited for you too (if you are) and if you’re not, I equally understand. Anyway, you can either confirm with a blood test or a scan. They are the best ways to confirm a pregnancy. Yes, urine strips can fail. While I only used one, infact I bought an expensive digital one to make sure I got an accurate result with faith, I have a friend who had to pee on a total of 10 strips before it finally showed positive.
So the first thing to do is go for a scan. In another topic, I’ll talk about the types of scans and their purposes. This first scan usually done between 6 – 8 weeks is called a dating scan. Of all the scans, it gives the most accurate results. It tells you when your EDD(Expected Delivery Date) would be. You can also get lucky enough to see your fetal heartbeat. I saw my daughter’s at 6 weeks, it was a very exciting experience for me. It would also tell you your GA (Gestational Age) that is how old your fetus is in the womb.
Scans aren’t always accurate, so there are other ways to determine your EDD and your GA. The most accurate way is using your LMP (Last Menstrual Period) as a means of calculating. To use this method, you need to know the first day of your last menstrual period. (Side note, I never bothered with knowing how to calculate it. I just use a pregnancy calculator) https://www.whattoexpect.com/due-date-calculator/.
Now that you know your GA and EDD, you need to get started on a few medications. It is generally recommended for you to take folic acid while trying to conceive and during early pregnancy as it helps prevent defects in the brain of the baby or the spine. It is very important. You would also need Bico, ferrous and calcium. Due to the nausea I was dealing with, I opted for pregnacare instead. Some drugs like encapsulate all the necessities so you swallow less smelly pills daily. It is important to let your doctor recommend.
you need to start eating healthy and excersing minimally too. Stick to your usual routines, nothing vigorous . Also make plans to start your antenatal, I don’t believe in anything being to early, I started mine at 12 weeks, be sure to enquire from your hospital.
You should also download a pregnancy app to guide you on your journey. I recommend “what to expect”. It was super resourceful for me and a couple of my friends. There are others of course, go for the one that’s very useful to you. Above all, don’t forget to always pray for your incoming bundle(s) of joy.