You've taken the test, and it is positive. Chances are, you have more emotions running through your mind than you could possibly count. Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fifteenth, whether it was planned or not, the variety and depth of your feelings at this moment in your life may throw you for a loop. Fortunately, you are not expected to plan out every detail of your pregnancy the moment you get the news. There is a lot to consider, and it can seem overwhelming. Take it one step at a time, one topic at a time, rather than trying to do everything all at once.
One of the most important early decisions is to choose your practitioner. If you tested at home, in fact, your doctor may want to confirm the test results in his/her office within a few days. Whatever the future holds for you and your baby, prenatal care is vital. Your doctor, nurse, or midwife can also help you to answer the ever-growing list of questions you may have about what your body is doing, and they may have information and resources that could be useful to you. Such resources might include a list of stores in your area that sell maternity clothing, pamphlets about birthing options and childbirth classes, networks and groups made up of other area pregnant women, or referrals to counselors who can assist you through whatever your individual needs may be. The job of the obstetric caregiver goes well beyond just the medical.
A trusted practitioner is only one piece of the network surrounding you, however. Friends, family, your partner, and community organizations are invaluable resources to a pregnant woman. You will be surprised at the number of people who will have advice to give. Though do note that you will not have to - nor even be able to take every piece of advice offered to you; it's a matter of sifting through the varied opinions to find what is right for you.
You may turn also to books and reputable websites for advice. Many pregnancy-based sites have forums where you may make friends, seek advice, and discuss the changes occurring in your life and in your body. Others are more of an Internet-based book of facts and information, if you prefer to do your own research rather than reaching out to other women.
Each stage of pregnancy brings its own questions and concerns. In the beginning you will most likely be mainly focused on nutrition and the do's and don'ts of pregnancy, whereas by the end you will be planning the details of your birth and possibly shopping for baby gear. Whatever your circumstance, it is likely you will eventually have questions. Though some of the changes you will undergo are obvious and expected, Nature likely has some surprises for you. From the day of your positive test until the day you deliver, your life will be filled with ups and downs. The aim of this site is to provide you with information pertaining to as many eventualities as we can.
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