Post # 1
So I’ve only been (knowingly) pregnant for 3 days, and I am already lost, lol. I just got blood drawn, and it was confirmed positive. Looks like my due date would be April 13, 2014.
At this point I am still in shock. I am neither horrified or excited. Just hungry, lol. The hunger can stay, but hopefully I can get more excited once the shock wears off, and I start “feeling” pregnant.
What do I do next? The doctor said I should make an appt around the 12 week mark (he says I am probably 3-4 weeks pregnant right now). Until then, he is getting some handouts for me on what to do and not to do, and I am also setting up a meeting with a dietician so she can help me figure out what foods I should and shouldn’t be eating (and how to manage my high blood pressure because they took me off my BP meds today).
What else can I do to prepare? I like funny books, and I know there was a post a while back of some funny books for dads, so if someone can help find that post or know the books, that would be great. Some funny helpful books for me would be great too (I don’t think I am quite ready for What to Expect When You’re Expecting yet).
Anything else I should be doing? I feel very unprepared!
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I know how you feel. Some books you may find helpful are the Mayo Clinical pregnancy book, The girlfriends guide to pregnancy (funny, but I have never heard anyone say it was their sole source of information), and Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs. I never got What to Expect because I heard it was a bunch of worst case scenarios and I’m already nervous enough.
If you feel you need to review your diet, you this app to find one in your area, I think you can narrow the search to find one that specializes in pregnancy or women’s issues: http://www.eatright.org/programs/rdfinder/
I also like http://www.americanpregnancy.org for basic information that I feel comfortable assuming is accurate and http://www.acog.org/For_Patients (I’m a big fan of associations, they tend to be conservative and focus on science as opposed to what is trendy).
Hope that helps, and congratulaions!
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I just started reading “The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy” by Vicki Lovine and it is AMAZING! Super informative and funny and just a great book all around. Take a deep breath. You’ll definitely get excited once the shock wears off. Congratulations!!!! Now just eat healthy, drink plenty of water, take some vitamins, and treat yourself well.
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@Christy42213: I second this book suggestion! I have bought quite a few pregnancy books and so far “The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy” has been my favourite. I was literally laughing out loud.
Post # 7
I’m in the same boat you are. I’ll be five weeks tomorrow and had my first doctor’s appointment yesterday to confirm the pregnancy. I asked him the same question – what do I do know?? He said you wait. That right now, there’s not much TO do. Hang out. Enjoy it. Try not to think of the bad things and keep smiling. THats it 🙂
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@Glasgowbound: So hard to just “wait.” I am going crazy already lol.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I finally did come across the older post with the pregnancy books that I was looking for, but if even now you guys are still recommending the Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy, I should probably pick that one up.
Thank you so much, Bees!
Post # 9
@megz06: those first weeks are the toughest! I did lots of reading but mostly stuck to WTE. I also obsessed over the nursery. Now I’m 18 weeks and I mostly go about my daily life! Things will calm down! Congratulations!!! Such an exciting time :)))
Post # 10
I don’t have any book suggestions but I wanted to mention that there are safe blood pressure meds to use during pregnancy. If you have hypertension, please keep an eye on it and talk to your doctor if it creeps up. I was on Aldomet (methyldopa) during my entire pregnancy and my baby turned out healthy and perfect.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@megz06: Have you picked out a nickname yet? Bean, gummy bear, sprout, babe, etc… It helps you bond and makes it more real.
I hope you are on prenatal vitamins but I am going to defer to your doctor since you have high BP and I am sure they covered prenatals with you. If not, cover that ASAP!
Book for Dads: Be Prepared by Greenberg. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0743251547
A mommy journal: The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly
Plan the nursery! I am so excited about this part of the process and I will even do a gender neutral nursery so I can start collecting and decorating ASAP.
Don’t know why it got so big?
Post # 12
Congrats on your pregnancy!
Have you thought about how and when you’ll tell your family?
Oh, picking out a nick name as @beachbride1216: said sounds like fun! I thought I was pregnant a couple of years ago during the time I was reading Pride and Prejudice so I called my belly Fitzwilliam, as in Fitzwilliam Darcy. My husband hated that. lol
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Seriously, it’s the best pregnancy blog ever.
Post # 14
@megz06: I felt the same way as you when I found out I was pregnant. That didn’t stop me from waiting until I was 6 months to buy WTE. LOL! I don’t know what took me so long! It wasn’t so bad because I downloaded their app and also signed up for their daily email and felt pretty informed by those. Baby Center also has a good app.
My friend suggested Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy.
I haven’t gotten that book (I probably should bc I’m almost 7.5 months!), but I already have a cloth diapering book, WTE, WTE in the First year, and another cute manual style book on how to take care of babies called, The Baby Owner’s Manual by Louis Bogenicht, M.D. and Joe Borgenicht. Its a REALLY cute and VERY infomrative book that tells you things like how to feed the baby, how to change the baby, how to choose nursery items based on safety, configuring the baby’s sleeping space, how to work sleep patterns and even what temperature the nursery should be. I have found the this book to be the most helpful and reassuring (this is my first baby).
It’s all so surreal at this point…..just wait until you start to feel the baby move!! 🙂
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@iheartnerds: Thank you. I was a bit concerned being off it completely. I hadn’t been on it that long, and it was working well. He was going to put me on something else, but then decided to nix it all together unless it gets bad.
@beachbride1216: Thank you!! I haven’t picked out a nickname but that is a good idea. Probably peanut or little monkey, lol. I was on prenatals already but really bad about taking them especially when I got sick a few weeks ago, so now I have buckled down, and my hubby won’t let me forget that’s for sure lol.
@JenniMichele: Lol I LOVE the nicknames! We are announcing to my parents tonight. I am terrible because I just want to tell them and my DH is like, “No! Be creative! Surprise them!” So he is making a big deal out of it while I’m like Meh, but he says I will regret it if I don’t. So we made a Big Brother shirt with blue and pink paw prints for the dog to wear thats says April 2014 on the front. He will wear that tonight, and we will let them figure out the rest.
As for MIL we are giving her 9 red roses and tell her its one for every month she has to wait. FIL isn’t a surprise guy and doesn’t really care at all about anything so DH is handling that one and replacing his tools (becuase he goes ape shit when his tools are missing) with children’s tools lol.
@MusicBee76: Thank you for the book suggestions. I have heard about the Baby Manual, and I am definitely going to check it out. At this point I would welcome feeling the baby move because it still doesn’t feel real. I am hoping that MS never does kick in because it would be really nice (or as nice as it could be) to just feel some slight nausea at times throughout the day. No puking!!