Post # 1
Last night I found out I was pregnant. I took one test around 7pm, a second around 12:30am, and my third this morning around 8am. All were clearly positive. We’re going to the doctor tonight to absolutely 100% confirm it and get some direction, but if people who know what to do and/or have been through this before could help that would be great. I’m terrified.
First of all, I know most of the things to stay away from, like certain fish and whatnot. I’m picking up prenatal vitamins after work. I don’t really drink alcohol so that’s not a problem, and neither I nor my fiance smoke. I’m cutting caffeine completely out of my diet..I know I can have a little but I’m not risking it.
Post # 3
@marinesfiance: Please ask your doctor for advice, not an internet message board. I bet he/she can recommend some good books that you can get at the library.
Post # 4
@HannahGrace: Obviously. As I said, I’m going to the doctor tonight. In the meantime, however, there are mothers on here that have been through this before. I’d like to get some advice from them if I can. I don’t see the harm in trying to get advice before my appointment.
Post # 5
@marinesfiance: Why would you confirm it if you got 3 positives? Did you have issues with M/C ‘s and/or chemicals in the past?
I would have just avoided a visit/co-pay by waiting it out until your 1st appointment.
Post # 6
get the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
Post # 7
@marinesfiance: No lunch meat unless its been heated to steaming hot (Arby’s roast beef sandwiches for example.)
You don’t need to cut Caffeine out completely, I limited it to one beverage a day, so I have 1 cup of coffee a day and skip my noon coke.
No hot tubbing
No ibeprofen (sp?) or aspiring, so go get some Tylenol.
No soft cheeses (brie, etc)
I am 5.5 weeks prego and I looked most of it up online. My doctor was the one that told me about still being able to drink a little caffeine, and I was SO grateful because I am already more tired!
Congrats on the new addition. Try not ot be too nervous, thinking about all the do’s and don’ts can make you crazy!
Post # 8
Don’t take aspirin or ib profin. Tylenol is ok though. Stay away from soft/unpasturized cheeses like Brie or goat cheese. Also start drinking lots of water! Congrats!! Wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months!!
Post # 9
I like the Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Pregnancy. I’ve heard mixed things about the What to Expect book. Another common thing to avoid is herbal teas. Also, congrats!
Post # 11
I would actually avoid What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Blech. It seems specifically designed to make you feel like an idiot and according to it, all roads lead to birth defects.
I liked the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.
And really…you’re not going to jack anything up in the next few days. It’s ok. 🙂
Post # 12
@BellaDee: Just something my fiance wants me to do.
@ajillity81: Will do, I was wondering what some good pregnancy books would be. Thanks!
@SweetartMD: Yeah, I think it’s like 200mg, right? I’m not gonna go cold turkey or anything, but I’ve been meaning to cut my caffeine dependency anyway and this will be a good reason! Haha. And thanks..I’m terrified, but I’m trying to stay calm.
Post # 13
Eat fruits and veggies in excess now, because you might not be able to eat them for most of your first trimester!
And if you didn’t exercise before, you might want to start thinking about doing it now (ASK YOUR DOCTOR FIRST)
Post # 14
I would get a book or try online (something like babycenter.com or Mayo).
Just take your prenatals (make sure it has folic acid and DHA) and I would avoid raw foods and the big fish (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, tuna in moderation). And I would use Tylenol if you need pain relief (not aspirin or ibuprofen). No going in the hot tub.
Those are the big things I follow in addition to the obvious ones: no smoking, no alcohol.
There is a huge list of other things to avoid and I would recommend reading that over and deciding for yourself after doing research. I limit my deli meats but I don’t avoid it entirely. I also eat runny eggs and will once and awhile have a glass of wine. Those are personal choices to make. I do have a limited amount of caffeine most days (1 Keurig container), that’s a personal decision.
Almost anything you buy at the supermarket (as far as cheese or juice goes) will be pastuerized so no need to avoid feta or soft cheeses. It’s really the unpasteurized ones they are after.
You can probably do any physical activity this early since everything is well protected by your pelvis but later on most people avoid things like horseback riding, skiing, impact sports, etc. I continued to workout as normal (as best I could) but I did avoid those hot summer days/nights. You don’t want to elevate your body temperature too high (why hot tubs are a no-no).
I would also look up other supplements recommended in addition to the prenatal to decide if you want any of those. For instance, my prenatal doesn’t have calcium so I take calcium supplements. I also take an extra Vitamin D and separate prenatal DHA supplement. Mine prenatals only have a bare minimum DHA.
And of course, talk to your doctor and see what they recommend about all of the above.
Post # 15
Be happy! Try to stay relaxed and calm as much as possible.
Eat well (lots of fruits and veggies, fiber-rich foods, etc.) to the extent that you are able (i.e. if you are dealing with morning sickness, aversions, etc. – not everyone gets those, BTW). Drink lots of water and stay as active as you can – but get as much rest as you need, which might be a lot during your first few months.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin is a really wonderful book to check out.
And a good prenatal vitamin, or a good folic acid supplement, is an excellent thing to start doing right away.
Post # 16
Definitely pick up some prenatals and start those asap. Your doctor may have a specific recommendation or may tell you any one you pick up is fine. Personally, I like the NatureMade with DHA. They haven’t made me sick at all. Eat as much fiber as you can – prenatals back you up!
Definitely try and eat as healthy as possible now – in a few weeks, you might be too sick to eat anything but french fries! 😉 But, don’t worry – baby doesn’t need a whole lot right now and will take what it needs from you first.
Caffeine – 200mg per day or less.
People will also tell you to stay away from deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses, certain fishes, etc. Just do a quick google search for the main ones. My doctor is pretty realistic though and says everything in moderation (with the exception of unpasteurized stuff). A lot of people say to heat your deli meat up, but every now and then won’t hurt you.