By Sara Richmond Walls
While Waiting: The Do’s and Don’ts While Waiting to Hear “You’re Pregnant”
The time between the last day of your last period and the first day of your next period can seem like an eternity, especially if you are wanting and are actively trying to get pregnant. While there are many things you can do to fill the time, some are more productive and less anxiety-causing than others. Read below for three do’s and don’ts for passing the time while you wait for the second pink line to form.
Do #1: Keep Busy
Take up a hobby. Write, read, knit, or go for long walks. Get involved in activities that will take your mind off of your possible pregnancy. While you are increasing your activity, remember also to get some rest!
Don’t #1: Make Sure It Is Non-Baby Busy
Don’t let these hobbies that you start be pregnancy or baby hobbies. Don’t start on the baby scrapbook. Don’t knit baby booties. Just focus on things that are non-baby, non-pregnancy related.
Do #2: Get Healthy
Get yourself healthy. Have a pre-conception check-up. Your primary care physician or your OB/GYN can do the check-up and get you started on a pre-natal vitamin to prepare your body for pregnancy. Also, eat nutritious foods and keep up the exercise.
Don’t #2: Don’t Get Over-Anxious
Don’t spend time researching all of the things that can go wrong. Obsessing and worrying over all of the things that can keep you from getting pregnant or staying pregnant can have a harmful effect on your health, and thus your baby’s healthy.
Do #3: Wait Patiently
The important thing to remember while you are trying to get pregnant is that it is a waiting game. Take this time to talk to others who are in the same boat that you are in and don’t get discouraged if others around you become pregnant.
Don’t #3: Take a Test Too Early
If you take a pregnancy test before the first day of your missed period, the percentage of accuracy does decline and there is a high chance of false negatives. Taking a pregnancy test too soon can drown your hopes when you may in fact be pregnant.
Pregnancy should be a time of joy and wonder, not a time of worrying, obsessing and anxiety. Only you have the ability to control the thoughts wondering around in your mind, so before you find yourself surrounded by baby anxiety, take a deep breath, focus on what’s going on in your life right now, and enjoy the journey!
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