Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you are like most pregnant women, then you are wondering what to do next. While there is a neverending list of things to do to prepare for a new baby, there are a few first things you need to do after you get pregnant. These are the steps I took in the beginning of my pregnancy. However, these steps may vary based on your unique situation.
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Things you need to do after you get pregnant
- Get a pregnancy test at the free clinic. – Getting a pregnancy test done at your local free clinic will get you the documentation you need to set up insurance and other benefits. Furthermore, the clinic can give you ob-gyn recommendations. Also, ask your clinic about referrals to other programs and organizations.
- Set up Medicaid or other insurance. – Immediately after you have documentation of your pregnancy, you will need to get or update insurance. Go to your local Medicaid office or contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. You will not be able to see a doctor until after you have done this.
- Make a WIC appointment. – If you think you may be eligible for WIC, a helpful resource for low-income pregnant women, then make an appointment at your local WIC office. WIC will help provide you with the extra food you need for pregnancy. The free program also provides helpful nutrition information for you and your baby.
- Start prenatal vitamins. – Since it may be a while until you can get an obstetrician appointment, do not wait until you see a doctor to start prenatals. Pick them up at the store as soon as you have the chance. You can always change vitamins later if needed, but you should not miss out on their benefits in the meantime.
- Find a doctor and call to schedule a prenatal appointment. – Find a trusted doctor under your insurance and schedule your first prenatal appointment as soon as possible. However, do not be discouraged if it takes a few weeks to get in.
- Gather information. – It is never too early to start gathering information on pregnancy, babies, and parenting. Unformatantly, there is a lot of misinformation out there so look for reliable sources. Furthermore, keep an open mind as you start planning your future.
Helpful Pregnancy Resources
Check out the following resources for more pregnancy information.
- American Pregnancy Association – A national health organization that promotes reproductive and pregnancy wellness.
- What To Expect – The creator of the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting shares more pregnancy information.
- Pulling Curls – A labor and delivery nurse uses her experience to blog about pregnancy.