Updated: Apr 27, 2019
Congratulations! You are now officially pregnant. The urine pregnancy test is positive very clearly and strongly. Read on for 5 must-do things before your visit.
#1 Google for the "right" obstetrician
Your handphone would probably be the first to know that you are pregnant. You will google the "most popular" obstetrician. But the most popular may not be best fit for you. Choose a doctor whom you will be most comfortable. Fix your long awaited first appointment! Remember to check if your doctor is in town during your expected due date. Usually trusted word-of-mouth recommendations may be the best option.
#2 Never too late for folate
Folic acid is crucial for brain and spinal cord development of the foetus. If you’re not already taking a folate supplement, start taking one as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed. I would advise at least 1mg of folate a day as the higher dosage confers better protection against malformation.
#3 Tell your hubby or partner
He will be beaming from ear to ear. Block out his calendar for this important antenatal visit. Your doctor will ask a detailed medical history from both of you to identify familial risk factors such as genetic disorders or diabetes. Blood tests like screening for Thalassemia will be necessary ensure that your baby is healthy.
#4 Eat well and eat right
Getting nutrition right is best thing that you can do for your baby. A healthy, balanced pregnancy diet ensure most optimal brain development and will increase IQ of baby. Avoid intake of caffeine and abstain from alcohol. Stop smoking please.
#5 Start a journal
From weight gain to the first flutter in your tummy, write down the changes you are feel in your body and mind. Your emotional health throughout the pregnancy is just as important as your physical health. Not only will this serve as a useful way to track your well-being, it will be a wonderful memento when the baby finally arrives. Take many photos of your growing bump!