A couple desiring a baby, will likely be thrilled with a positive result on a pregnancy test . After the initial excitement, realization that a baby is on the way sets in. Soon the couple will begin to make preparations for the baby .
One of the first things that an expectant couple will do is schedule prenatal care or make an appointment to confirm a positive home pregnancy test. If the home test was correct, an estimated due date will be established. Next a schedule will be set for prenatal care. Appointments increasing as time for the baby to arrive grows closer.
The first trimester can be difficult for some women especially first time mothers. Morning sickness due to hormonal changes can make the first even second trimester less than pleasant. Some unfortunate mothers will experience morning sickness throughout all three trimesters. Morning sickness unfortunately may not just be “morning sickness”, it can very well be all day sickness, even all night. With one of my pregnancies I was sick just about every day.
Because “morning sickness” is so common, there are many home remedies for morning sickness. Medications have also been developed for morning sickness. One of the most widely known caused many serious birth defects and was used in the late fifties early sixties. The name of that drug was Thalidomide. This medication was prescribed to pregnant women who suffered severe nausea.
Severe nausea during pregnancy is called Hyperemesis gravidarum that may require hospitalization . Anti-nausea medications as shown by the Thalidomide babies are unsafe during pregnancy. Medications used during pregnancy need to be carefully considered the benefits must outweigh the risks.
Refraining from medications as much as possible is best when you are pregnant because most medications will cross the placenta to your baby. In some cases medications are needed, this is why quality professional medical care is needed.
Again after the news a baby is on the way, the expectant parents may announce to family and friends the good news. Some expectant parents however will wait until further along in the pregnancy especially so if there has been a history of miscarriage.
After announcements are made, some families will have ” baby showers ” as it gets closer to time for the baby. Baby showers are very thoughtful and helpful parties for expectant parents as these can defray some of the initial costs of setting up a first nursery .