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What to do when you find out you’re pregnant.

Congratulations! The two little lines have appeared on a stick (that you had to pee on – the first of many gross and invasive things about to happen to you – get used to it) and you are officially PPRRREEEEGGGNNNAAANNNTTT!

Terrifying and exciting all at once.

Life will never be the same (only you don’t really know that yet, but it’s coming, hindsight baby!).

First things first – there is a bunch of stuff you need to know before making any plans to visit Baby Bunting!

What to do when you find out you’re pregnant – our top tips!

  1. No Alcohol from now on.

    But don’t worry too much if you had a big night last weekend (or the last few weekends you party animal you), it’s unlikely to have had an impact at this stage, if you keep going however, it could be a different story, so now is the time to tone it back.

  1. Brush up on the current ‘foods to avoid’ guidelines.

    You can find a great link here – Prepare to say good bye to soft cheese, deli meats, smoked salmon and sushi. You could be forgiven for thinking that the fun has been taken out of life right? Fear not – you still have chocolate, and really, its only 9 months anyway.

  1. Start taking a pregnancy supplement containing Folic Acid.

    Folic Acid (or Folate) helps to prevent neural tube defects in developing fetus’s, and is virtually impossible to get the adequate amount from our diets.

  1. Book in to see your GP.

    Usually you will need a slightly longer appointment than usual – at least 30 mins – so make sure you book a double, K?

  1. Decide what type of birth experience you would like.

    Hospital? Private or public? Shared care or Birthing centre? However take note – Private Obstetricians and hospitals book up quickly – as do Midwife led birthing centres, so often you need to book as soon as you know your due date to get into your chosen provider, But these are all things you can discuss with your GP (see point 4).

  1. Put your babies name on the waiting list at your local childcare centre/s

    (I’m not joking). This is genuine. With places hard to come by in some areas, especially new suburbs with lots of young families, spots fill fast! Depending on the area you live in, if you are planning on returning to work within 12 to 24 months after baby is born, you need your name on a waiting list ASAP. Baby rooms, where the baby is likely to stay for anywhere up to the age of 2 years, usually only have 8 spaces. Don’t have a name? You can just put them down as Baby (your surname), and update the details once the baby is born. Make sure you are on the waiting list for a couple, just in case.

What else?

Follow the Mums of Brisbane Facebook page and join the Mums of Brisbane Group to connect with other local mums. Don’t forget to pencil in some of our mum meet ups for once the baby is born!

Now its time to relax as much as you can for as long as you can, and enjoy the brief period you have left where you can still reach the ground (and roll over in bed, and see your ankles, and remember where you put your keys…)

If you have any other tips or ‘must dos’ pop them in the comments – or start a thread in our group!

This in no way should replace any professional medical advice and is a guide only.

 

katie-lavercombe-mums-of-brisbaneKatie is the Editor of Mums of Brisbane. She loves reading, sleep and exploring, not necessarily in that order. Most days will find her drinking coffee, trying to keep up with the kids, and praying they will sleep. She lives with her husband and three children in beautiful Brisbane.

 

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4 comments

    • Alison Rule
    • May 6, 2017
    Reply

    Just a word on number 5 – obstetricians or public mw led birth centres aren’t the only option. I had a range of birth experiences with #1,#2 and #3, so when it came to #4 I decided I wanted someone with me through my pregnancy, birth and postnatal period who I had seen throughout, who knew me and who I didn’t have to keep repeating my story to… I never realised I could afford it but I ended up hiring a private midwife – I never knew that I could claim Medicare rebates for this until I went to see a midwifery group practice for a (free!) chat about how it works and what it costs. If my BUPA had covered pregnancy I could even have claimed through that!!!

    I had a beautiful birth in a birth centre (you book the mw, who is able to work in the private section of the birth centre so you don’t have to rely on ballots or getting a spot!), spent my whole labour and birth with the midwife and student who I had seen and talked to for months, and even though things didn’t go to plan I felt listened to and supported because these women knew me and what was important to me. All that support right from the get go til my baby was 6 weeks old for less than $1600 out of pocket costs! That included all antenatal checks (including referrals for blood tests, scans etc), midnight text exchanges asking anxious questions in the last week, the whole labour birth itself, and 6 weeks worth of postnatal checks and breastfeeding support!!! (And if id chosen to go with any of the group of 3 mws instead of a specific one, it would’ve been more like $700!)… I can’t believe I didn’t know about this option before #4!!! 🙂 xxx

      • Katie
      • May 15, 2017
      Reply

      Alison, we have some mums in our Facebook group seeking private midwives, can we ask where you attended for your birth??

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    • Katie
    • May 6, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you Alison! I will add a note in when I get a chance – and if I end up having a No 4, this will be the option I would go for, it sounds wonderful! xx

  2. Reply

    Hi Katie, this is a great list and I am sure it would be useful for many. Helps to see it all in one spot. 😉
    I would also add into that being ‘forarmed is forewarned’, so I would suggest gathering as much breastfeeding information as possible. It can be beneficial to know the factors that can impact on establsihing breastfeeding in the early days prior to going into labour. Those first few days are such a massive transition, it can be a difficult time to take in new information. There are a few ways you can inform yourself about infant feeding;
    1. Through your hospital antenatal program.
    2. An ABA Breastfeeding Education Class https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/classes?state_province=1641 .
    3. Via an Antenatal Consultation with an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). http://www.lcanz.org/find-a-lactation-consultant/ It can be beneficial to know the factors that can impact on establsihing breastfeeding in the early days prior to going into labour. Those first few days are such a massive transition, it can be a difficult time to take in new information.

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