What to do when you find out you are pregnant

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What to do when you find out you are pregnant

So… the pregnancy test is positive!

Even if you’ve been planning to get pregnant, finding out that you actually are pregnant can be overwhelming. Sometimes people are so focused on conceiving that they haven’t really thought about what to do when it happens. For others, it may happen more quickly than expected.

So, here’s what to do when you find out you’re pregnant.

Book an appointment with your GP to confirm your pregnancy (usually with a blood test) and get a referral for obstetric care. This is the time to consider who you want to care for you during your pregnancy and which hospital you wish to delivery your baby in. Many patients will seek advice from trusted family or friends and look for recommendations. We often care for multiple members of a family or group of friends which is wonderful, however, we ensure at all times that your personal information remains confidential.

We recommend contacting our friendly and helpful reception staff as soon as you have decided that you would like us to look after you. Most women will book their pregnancy within 1-2 weeks of a positive test to ensure that they do not miss out.

When you book your appointment, we’ll send you an information pack. Please read that information and watch our patient education video on genetic screening (available at https://www.womensogs.com.au/patient-education/) before you come to your first appointment. This will help you and your partner make informed choices about your care.

If you’re not already doing so, start taking 500mcg folate and 150mcg iodine daily. This can be as part of a pregnancy-specific multivitamin, or as a separate supplement, e.g. ifolate. Folate is important for the first trimester as it reduces the baby’s risk of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida). Iodine is important for healthy brain development.

Make sure that you’re eating a balanced, healthy diet that takes into consideration the fact that some foods should be avoided during pregnancy.  A useful link here provides information of what foods to avoid.

Avoid alcohol, smoking and illicit drugs.

Doing the above will help to make sure that your pregnancy gets off to the best possible start. And we will be delighted to accompany you on your pregnancy journey.