13 Things you Should do the Moment you get Pregnant

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Just beginning your pregnancy journey??? If so, congrats! I am so happy for you! Pregnancy can be the rollercoaster that surprises you around every corner. It is amazing and wonderful but there are days that can be very hard. If you are early enough in your pregnancy you don’t know whether or not you will get really sick, end up on bed-rest, or even delivery prematurely. It’s smart to start thinking about some things now! If I could go back to the very first day I found out I was pregnant, here are some things I would do:

Your pregnant! Now what? Here are different tips to do the moment you get pregnant to help plan for the rest of your pregnancy and when you have this baby!

10 Things to do the MOMENT YOU GET PREGNANT

1. Take Your Vitamins!

This made the world of difference between pregnancy #1 and pregnancy #2 (read more about my lack of morning sickness with baby #2). I was throwing up until 22 weeks with my first pregnancy and was so miserable. With my second, I was taking a really good vitamin before I even knew I was pregnant, and I hardly had any sickness at all (both girls).

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I have since heard various vitamin deficiencies can cause morning sickness, so this makes sense. My particular vitamins had a good source of B vitamins, milk thistle, and even ginger and peppermint (great for the tummy). Once you are for sure pregnant, you will want to make sure you are taking the appropriate amount of folic acid as well.

2. Find out what baby products you really need.

My friend accomplished this in the most amazing way! She started a baby registry on Amazon, and then sent family and friends an invite to add items to the list that they felt were life savers or must-haves. After everyone made their suggestions, she had an incredible list of very specific items (and brands) that came highly recommended by those she trusted. She then narrowed down her list to what she needed/wanted. SO SMART!

I remember doing my registry and registering for the most random things because I had no idea what I was doing! If you are starting your registry from scratch and need some good suggestions to start out with, here is a good list of Baby must-have products, as well as the Nice-to-haves, and the ones that really aren’t necessary.

I would also highly suggest that you sign up for an Ebates account if you don’t already have one. Especially if you will be buying a crib and other nursery items. Ebates give you cash back for your online purchases, and it adds up really fast when you are buying a bunch of baby gear! We got over $10 cash back just on our crib! Don’t forget to install the Ebates Bookmark Button on your toolbar. It will automatically tell you when you are shopping on a site that qualifies for rebates so you can activate it!

3. Snap a Picture! 

You may or may not be fond of an expanding belly, depending on who you are, but take pictures anyway! I took various “belly shots” throughout my pregnancy, but I totally forgot to take one right when I found out I was pregnant, and again right before I delivered. I wish I would have. It would have been cool to see the difference!

4. Make a List.

There are going to be quite a few things you are going to want to get done before baby comes, whether it be painting a baby room or even just de-cluttering and organizing your home. TRUST ME…you do NOT want to do this all in your 3rd trimester when you can barely walk (and hold in your pee for that matter). Try to divide your projects into all 40 weeks, not just the last 2 🙂

5. Start working on some projects that will fuel our excitement and help pass the time.

I remember checking my pregnancy app EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK. to see what size my little fetus was and what the latest developments were. I was so excited I would read ahead several weeks. If you find you have some time on your hands, put it to good use and start making some things for your new arrival. Here is a great post that features DIY Baby Projects for each week you are pregnant.

6. Tell Whoever You Want.

I remember everyone telling me that I shouldn’t tell anyone I was pregnant until like week 14. I’m glad I ignored this advice and told my close family and friends. Why? Because I miscarried my first baby at 12 weeks and it was absolutely heartbreaking. Not only was it much more difficult, emotionally, than I ever thought, but it also took a toll on me physically. I can’t imagine having to deal with that all on my own. I was so grateful to my close friends and family who gave me much-needed love and support at that time. It’s your pregnancy, I say do what you want! 🙂

7. Try to Eat Healthy.

Focus on the word “try.” It’s hard to do if you get so sick you can’t even hold down water, but once you get out of the sick stage, try to eat healthy by planning ahead. Have healthy snacks already prepared and ready so that you will be more likely to eat them. And please don’t give yourself a guilt trip over ice cream or the occasional burger that you can’t stop craving. I’m going to stop there in attempt to avoid ruffling any feathers. <insert smiley face here>

8. Implement an EASY exercise program.

Yes, it’s important to exercise when you are pregnant, but if your goal is too lofty you will err on the side of doing nothing at all, especially if you are sick and tired. Make a goal to at least stretch and stay somewhat flexible so that you are more comfortable in the 3rd trimester (and for labor). With my first pregnancy, I had the goal to run 5k’s throughout my pregnancy. HA! yeah right. Remember how I said I was throwing up until my 22nd week? I didn’t move from the couch many weeks, and pretty much gave up on any type of exercise.

I wish I had at least done a few simple things, especially in the 2nd trimester! Swimming is a great one if you know how, otherwise…check with your local gym and see if they offer prenatal yoga! Here is an article about the 1 thing I would do differently after 6 pregnancies!  HINT – It has to do with exercising. 

9. Stock up on diapers.

My husband made fun of me for buying diapers before my baby was even born, but I watched for deals and got them SUPER cheap. One week I got them for $2.50/package, and practically cleared the store shelves! Although it took a good $100 or more of our budget (ouch!), it saved us SO MUCH money that first year (we never had to buy diapers)! This brings me to item #10..

10. Sign up for Amazon MOM!

Amazon mom is free and it rocks. You can get 20% off diapers, and if this is your first time signing up, you can get a free 30-day trial. 

11. Sign up for Zulily.

If you don’t have an account yet, sign up here. Not only do they have great deals on any kind of baby gear you can imagine, but they feature different maternity clothes every single day. This is where I bought the majority of my maternity clothes because I had a hard time finding anything cute locally (sometimes I found some stuff on Jane too, but Zulilly has a bigger selection).

I rarely sign up for email updates, but if you are pregnant, this is one you will want to get an email from! If you already have an account, see what today’s deals are in the maternity and baby category.

12. Owlet.

When I first heard of the Owlet, my first thought was, “Another baby product no one needs.” Until my friend had a really scary experience with her baby and was alerted by her Owlet. Now it’s my #1 recommendation for new moms. It’s a baby heart rate monitor that monitors your baby’s heart rate and oxygen while they sleep and alerts you if your baby has abnormal levels.

If you’re thinking of getting a baby monitor, I highly advise you get this instead (or get both). But if you can only get one, get the owlet. A baby monitor won’t do you any good if you are fast asleep, but an Owlet will alert you if baby stops breathing. Read more about the device here: Owlet infant heart rate monitor 

I know this list was technically supposed to be 10 things, but over time I’ve had to add a few more that I thought were important like Take time for YOU! This is the last time you will be “just you” for a long time (ESPECIALLY if you are nursing that first year)! Go on dates with your husband, leave the house on the spur of the moment, and eat some ice cream silently on the back porch while your next door neighbor glances over in jealousy!

13. Check Out Our Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy. Tons of tips and ideas for your entire pregnancy!

WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO THIS LIST??

P.S. Are you on a small budget? You may be interested in the following article:

How to Prepare for a New Baby on a Small Budget

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Your pregnant! Now what do you do? Start with this list to start thinking about items what you need to be doing now and what items you will need for brand new baby!

This article was originally written in July of 2015. It has been updated and edited in June of 2018.

I wish I had read this with each of my pregnancies!

31 thoughts on “13 Things you Should do the Moment you get Pregnant”

  1. Found this on pinterest… #2 is a great and unique idea! Been collating ideas from family and friends, but this would be so much more organized! I also totally agree with #8. I too was sick for a long time (up till roughly 16wks – I’m due tomo), and wish I had forced myself to do some more exercise at the beginning, just something simple.

    Only thing I’d point is in regards to #1 – I feel like most things I read said you should really already be taking folic acid when you get pregnant not waiting till you already are, as it’s the beginning stages when it’s so crucial.

  2. I was just curious what the name of the vitamin you took was? Did you take multiple vitamins to get all those nutrients you named or was it one vitamin?

  3. Hi! I take the doterra vitality pack. It comes with 3 bottles: essential oil complex (has the ginger and peppermint and lots of other goodies), the food nutrient complex (has your vitamins as well as a whole food blend and tummy tamer), and then the cellular vitality complex (that’s where the milk thistle is along with other great stuff)

  4. Sorry! It’s not free but you can sign up for a free trial, which IS free, and is a good time to stock up on essentials

  5. Keep a journal or blog. I started a private photo blog before I got pregnant when my husband and I decided to start trying, and I still post to it a few times a month. My son is now 2 1/2. It is great to go back and read the trials and tribulations, the excitement, the different stages of pregnancy and his growth stages, all of it!

  6. I found this on Pinterest as well, and I LOVE the advise! As, another reader stated, I also love what you wrote about “Tell Whoever You Want!” I miscarried as well, twice, in four months of each other… It was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, and I am so very glad I had the support of my family and friends!! I am now pregnant again, about 8 1/2 weeks, and so nervous! I try not to even think about it. And I have a cousin who’s telling me I’m doing everything wrong! Esp telling people this early! But IF, and I pray I don’t, IF I lose this one, I don’t know how I’ll get through, so yes, I’ve told everybody close to me! And your post, helps ensure me I am doing whats right for me!

  7. I had that fear with every pregnancy. Prayers your way! Try to tell yourself baby is going to get here and be perfect! Xoxox

  8. Women trying to get pregnant should start taking folic acid BEFORE getting pregnant. Please discuss health needs with a health care professional

  9. I would add: Get Life Insurance! Many young couples don’t worry about having life insurance before they have a little one, but I know in my situation, I would have a hard time as a single mom without my husband’s income. That will be one of the first things i do!

  10. Studies now show NOT to take folic acid but take folate. Now before everyone gets up in arms-they are the exact same thing technically but folate is the real deal while folic acid is the synthetic version.

  11. Midwest girl is right about folic acid. You should be taking folic acid/folate before you are pregnant. Anyone trying to conceive should be taking folic acid and vitamins because chances are that you won’t know you are pregnant at the 1st week of gestation and this is when the neural tube develops. Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects (such as spina bifida).

    Folic acid is great for hair and nails also! 🙂

  12. The best on the list is to sign up on amazon moms. Those who truly know why would agree with me on this. Ya? But awesome blog by the way. Keep it up!

  13. Have as much sex and intimate time with your partner as u can. I was nauseous in the first trimester, and in the second I felt back to normal. But I was already showing / feeling kicks and having horrible round ligament pain which killed the mood often. By the third trimester I was still having round ligament pain and felt like Jabba anytime I tried to be on top. Our only option was spooning which got old. And now that I’m staring at the home stretch with my first knowing it will be 6 weeks before my mangled lady bits are healed… Yeah, I wish I’d had more sex…

  14. #1 thing rejoice with your husband, soak it all in. Enjoy the moment for some of us it has taken years to get that little + sign on that test. #2 celebrate with family & close friends. You will need their prayers and support NO matter what. #3 get on daycare wait list AS SOON as you find out. (This should almost be done at the same time as #1) Its better to be on a list and then decide you dont need them than not have any options.
    These are the 3 major things I learned from my 1st pregnancy. At 17 weeks we found out our baby was not ok. I am so glad we enjoyed every moment as “stress free” as possible until that moment. I am also so thankful that we had our friends & families support and prayers from the beginning. Our baby went to heaven shortly after he was born. But i could not have made it with out God, my husband and our wonderful support team- they celebrate with you & their heart breaks for you, share the milestones they deserve it too.
    Congratulations to the best adventure of your life!

  15. How about calling your doctor? I find that to be significantly more important than buying baby gear or items for your likely 5 week fetus. Stopping meds you might already be on, possibly. Of course, if it’s a life saving medication you need to call your doctor ASAP to figure out what you’re going to do. There are very few medications, prescription or OTC, that are safe to take during breast feeding. Maybe finding out how to take care of the child by way of classes or helpful books. You can have the perfect nursery and every item anyone might ever find a use for, but how much use will you get if you can’t even care for an infant. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows. It’s exciting, for sure, but the last thing you need to worry about when you get a positive home test is how many websites you are going to sign up for… seriously.

  16. I found out i am pregnant and as this is my first pregnancy i was honestly a bit nervous. Thanks for this wonderful , helpful post . Now i can totally go ahead and enjoy the rest of the motherhood .
    Love your blog .

  17. Which progesterone cream should I buy? There’s so many choices and I would like something natural.

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