You’re pregnant, or at least you think you are, and you’re at a loss as to what to do. “I’m pregnant, now what?” you think, and perhaps you feel very alone. It is natural to feel this way, but there’s something you should know: You’re not alone in this, not by a long shot.
If you’re unsure what to do if you think you’re pregnant, there are practical things you can get started on. Then, when you’re ready, you can begin to deal with whatever else the future may hold for you and your child.
Let’s take a look at what to do first.
What To Do First If You Think You’re Pregnant
First things first: Don’t panic. Are you really pregnant? There are many different opinions on what to do if you think you’re pregnant, but you’re not 100% sure. Your first course of action should be to take a pregnancy test. Most pregnancy tests claim to be right 99 out of 100 times, but there is room for doubt… so you may want to see a doctor, especially if the results are unclear. More on that later.
I’m Pregnant… Now What?
“I’m pregnant, now what?” you’re wondering. If you and your partner have been trying for a baby for months, it’s time to start preparing for the new addition. But if a pregnancy comes as a surprise, and you want to carry it to term. However, you’re not sure you can handle becoming a parent right now? That’s okay, too. Help is available.
Your next logical question might be, “When should I see a doctor if I’m pregnant?” — or even if you just think you are. The answer is, “As soon as possible,” whether you’ve taken a test or not, and regardless of what the results are. The first thing a doctor will do is confirm, beyond the at-home pregnancy test and any reasonable doubt, if you’re pregnant.
If you can’t afford health insurance or don’t have a doctor you can go to? Ask for help. There are resources available for you to ensure you’re at your best throughout your pregnancy.
Knowing, without a doubt, that you are pregnant can help pave the way for you to take the next steps. What might those be? That depends, in part, on how a baby fits into your plans and situation.
Start Taking Care of Your Physical Health
In any case, you should start taking better care of your physical health. If you’re a regular alcohol drinker or substance user, it’s time to change your habits. Alcohol is a big no-no, and marijuana use should end. If you smoke cigarettes, stop. If you’re a big coffee drinker, you’ll need to significantly cut down on caffeine consumption for the duration of your pregnancy.
Your general eating habits are going to need to change, too, to fit your new situation. Eggs, salmon, sweet potatoes, and beans should all become a part of your regular diet. You’re going to want to start taking prenatal vitamins as well since these will provide the little one growing inside you with nutrients like folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and calcium.
Take Care of Your Mental Health, Too
Being pregnant is stressful on your body, which is going through incredible, profound changes in a relatively short period. As your body experiences these drastic hormonal changes, the physical stress you’re going through can also take a severe toll on your mental health.
It is normal to experience mood swings while pregnant, and many women experience anxiety and depression. If you’re one of them, just remember that it is completely normal to experience occasional anxiety, depression, and mood swings. It’s okay to ask for help if you ever feel the mental stress of pregnancy is getting too much.
However, these feelings can grow if you’re filled with doubt about becoming a parent or if you’ve already decided to go with adoption. Therefore, during your pregnancy, it is important to share your feelings with others and seek out assistance if you feel scared, overwhelmed, or anxious.
And, if you’ve chosen the adoption route, the adoption specialists you’re working with can offer you the emotional support and advice you need — or at least can point you in the right direction.
Explore Your Options With Texas Adoption Center
Pregnancy is a time of profound change for your body and your life. As you go through it all, you’re not alone: Texas Adoption Center is there to hold your hand every step of the way. From “I’m pregnant, now what?” to “I want my baby to be placed in a loving home,” and whatever comes afterward, help is ready and available — whenever you need it.
Texas Adoption Center has the resources you didn’t know you lacked and the answers to the questions you don’t know how to ask. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with Texas Adoption Center as soon as you find out you’re pregnant to explore your options.