When the indicator on the pregnancy test says positive, your life will change forever. That is because, in 9 months’ time, you’re going to have a baby!
Although it is quite an exhilarating experience knowing that you are going to have a baby given enough time, the initial excitement will then turn to worry, especially if you do not know exactly what you need to do.
For example, you might not know which things to buy. You might have bought a different stroller than what your baby needs and you might not have enough stuff in your baby traveling bag.
Whatever the case may be, being a first-time parent can be a daunting but rewarding experience. Today, I am going to provide you a quick pregnancy checklist to help you prepare for your baby.
At this time, you want to start taking prenatal supplements. Make sure that you are getting 400 mcg of folic acid for starters. Also, you want to up your calcium intake to 1000mg per day and your mineral supplement should also contain 27 mg of iron as well.
At this time, you also want to talk with your OB-GYN and a midwife for good measure. Always consider factors of convenience, including their location, their experience, as well as their cost of practice.
Once you reach the 10th week, your doctor would then conduct an ultrasound to help detect your baby’s vitals and so that they can provide you with an expected due date. From there, you should visit your OB-GYN every four weeks up to week 28 and 3 weeks until week 36.
At this time, you will be given tests by your doctor to help find out some things about your upcoming baby. You will be given a pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A test or PAPP-A and the hCG test. These are blood tests that can help determine if your baby has a risk of getting down syndrome or trisomy 18.
Other tests that might be given to you at this point would be nuchal translucency screening, genetic tests, and perhaps many more depending on your doctor.
The second-trimester screening starts at this time. Your doctor may conduct a multiple marker screening which will look for alpha-fetoprotein, estriol, hcG, and inhibin-A content in your body to detect a possible risk of spina bifida, anencephaly, and Down syndrome.
The 5th month is the time where you are given another ultrasound to help detect possible defects or formations. And, this is also the time where you can know the gender of your baby.
You will be given a glucose challenge screening at around week 26 to help find out if you have a risk of gestational diabetes, which may cause the overgrowth of the fetus, as well as other unwanted complications. If you do have this risk, you will be given insulin and medications to help keep your sugar levels at normal levels.
This is the perfect time to search for a pediatrician for your baby. If you have a car, you may want to buy a car seat as well.
At this point, you want to pack all of your essentials in a bag in case your baby could potentially go out of your womb. Your doctor may also get you screened for the last time.
By now, you have completed every test possible. All you have to do now is wait for your baby to come out. Congratulations!