Friday, July 26, 2019

5 Things I Did When I Found Out I Was Pregnant

When that second line turned pink my whole body felt like it was glowing. I was so excited to take that pee stick and show Josh. His face lit up. He's always wanted to be a dad and have a family and he absolutely loves it. This is pregnancy #4 for us, and even though we know the darker side of how things can go, we're really excited about this journey God has us on. This is what I did when we found out baby #3 was on the way...

1. Calculated my due date 
There are a gazillion online due-date calculators out there. All you have to do is google "due date calculator" and you will be overwhelmed with the results. I actually like this one because it takes into consideration your cycle length, which from what I understand actually has an effect on your due date. My cycle is always 32 days. When I calculated my due date with the average 28-day cycle it came to February 26, 2020, but when I changed my cycle to 32-days it calculated my due date to be March 1, 2020. My first two babies didn't show signs of entering the world until 1 week past my due date and I'm guessing it has a bit to do with this. I don't think most OBGYNs take cycle length into consideration.

2. Made a dentist appointment
With my first pregnancy, I ended up with a pregnancy mouth tumor. That's not the technical term but less than 5% of women get them and I was a lucky one. After having it surgically removed a week after giving birth I was told that multiple professional teeth cleanings were key to decreasing my chances of having a repeat. It worked for my second pregnancy so I'm not about to chance the grossness of it happening again. I talk more about it in this post.

3. Made an OBGYN appointment
This one is pretty obvious and necessary. I'm grateful we already have one we love. If you don't already have one, contact your insurance to find out your options and don't be afraid to change doctors if you don't feel comfortable.

4. Ate spinach
It just felt like the best pregnancy move. Spinach is good for you and your baby so I ate it before it sounded awful. My husband is currently hiding it in my morning smoothies.

5. Took prenatal vitamins
I had been taking prenatal vitamins for months but was kind of lackadaisical about it. I'd miss a day here or there...not anymore. I'm taking these because they're organic and have folate instead of folic acid which is the synthetic form of folate. Plus, they're yummy and my stomach can handle them.

This is in no way medical advice, as I am not equipped to give that, but it is what I did in real life. If you think you're pregnant, definitely do #3 and go from there. And congratulations!

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