Most women learn that they are pregnant when they take a home pregnancy test. While these tests are generally accurate, they are the first step in a long and complicated process. Newly pregnant women must learn what they should expect during their pregnancy. This will make the whole experience more comfortable and less unpredictable.
The Home Pregnancy Test Was Positive, now What?
Once a woman has a positive pregnancy test she should make an appointment with the doctor. During the appointment, the doctor will talk about the following subjects.
- Whether or not the woman is really pregnant. Sometimes home pregnancy tests give false positives. The only way to know for sure is to get a blood test.
- The approximate conception date. This will help the doctor estimate the baby’s due date.
- If the woman has been experiencing morning sickness. If so, the doctor may prescribe medication to help treat the nausea.
- Prenatal vitamins. All pregnant women will need to take these supplements to ensure a healthy pregnancy and child.
- Blood tests. Doctors will test women for various diseases that they could pass on to their child. Early pregnancy screening can sometimes be the difference between life and death. For example, mothers with HIV have a less than 1% chance of passing the virus on to their child if they take the proper medications.
After the initial appointment women will be seeing their doctor less frequently. When they do, the doctor will check the progress and health of the pregnancy. They will do this by asking questions and getting regular scans.
While women are in-between doctors visits they will be expected to take care of their body. This means wearing the proper support garments and avoiding food and activities that could be dangerous to the baby’s health.
The final step of pregnancy is preparing for the birth. Most pregnant women take birthing classes so that they know what to expect when they are in the delivery room. These classes will also help them decide whether they want anything other than a hospital birth such as a water birth or a home birth. Pain relief solutions will also be discussed.
The majority of couples will choose to have a hospital birth. Anything else is not recommended unless the woman is in good health. If anything goes wrong during an alternative option, the midwife will rush the woman to the nearest hospital.