This is my first article in the pregnancy series, so check back for my next one!
Congratulations! You are pregnant! You took an at home pregnancy test and the result came back positive. Or you took the test multiple times, only to have it come back negative, but you know something is up.
So you go to the doctor, who gives you a test there, and says “Oh, I don’t know if you are or not. If you were pregnant, the test would have two lines and if not, it would have none. But your test has one line…”
So you go take a blood test and that comes back inconclusive. You have to take yet another blood test and FINALLY you discover YOU ARE PREGNANT!! Has this happened to anyone else? After what felt like an eternity to get these news, we could celebrate at last!
But now what do you do? If you are anything like me, perhaps you don’t know all that much about babies, besides the fact they are really cute and don’t do much. The only time I had ever held an infant was when my baby cousin was born and I was seven at the time! After that, no interaction with babies. I didn’t have any siblings and none of my friends had babies yet. We were the first ones to get pregnant. I felt like I was just dropped in uncharted territory, blindfolded.
I didn’t know where to start, besides of course with a couple of baby name books and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. I didn’t know what a baby needs besides the big items, like a crib, a car seat and a stroller.
I had no idea how to change diapers or the fact that a baby needs to be burped after they eat. Apparently this is hard to do sometimes (for me it was anyways). Going to the baby store was overwhelming, seeing all the items being sold for just one baby!! Just one little, tiny human!! I mean, how could they possibly need all these things?!
But I had no idea what you do and don’t really need to get, so I relied on the list nicely provided by the sales person.
Now, I find myself saying, “I wish I had known that when I was pregnant!” Or, “I wish someone would have told me to do this that way.” So, that’s why I started this blog. To help other moms out there with what I have learned thus far. I am no expert by any means, but I have been through this experience, and if what I have learned can help someone else, than that’s all I want!
First, if you did just find out you are pregnant, you should make an appointment with your doctor. He will tell you the next steps from there, most likely some blood work and your very first ultrasound!
Stay tuned and check back here for the next post in this series, going over what to expect at your first dating ultrasound!