If you've just found out you're pregnant, here are five things you need to do straight away
Have you just found out you're pregnant? If so, you will probably be wondering what to do next.
A positive pregnancy test might be something you've been expecting, or it might not be (make sure you read our list of early pregnancy symptoms to see if you need to take a test). It might be the news you've been waiting for, a happy surprise or something completely unexpected.
However you've arrived at the two lines, it's likely you're feeling all the emotions right now from extreme happiness through to shock and awe, and it will potentially have left you feeling elated but more than a little overwhelmed.
But once the immediate feelings subside, your first thought might well be...what do I do now?
Call your GP: Checking in with your doctor should be your first port of call. However, as modern home pregnancy testing kits are so reliable, it's unlikely that they will test again. Some surgeries won't even make you an appointment and will book you straight in with the midwife with the first appointment at around nine weeks, which can be an anti-climax. But make sure you insist on seeing a doctor ASAP if there are any potential issues, medical problems or medications you take that may need looking at.
Take folic acid: If you've been TTC (trying to conceive) it is likely that you will be taking a daily folic acid supplement already. If not, start to take one straight away. Find out the details about what to take and why it's so important in our post on what you need to know about folic acid. Consider taking a combined pregnancy supplement like Pregnacare too.
Make sure you adjust your lifestyle: If this news wasn't entirely expected, then you might well have spent some of your early pregnancy socialising. But don't panic! It's important to adjust your lifestyle now, though - cut out alcohol and cut down on caffeine, stop smoking and make sure you're eating and avoiding the right foods in pregnancy.
Calculate your due date: One immediate question you might have is about when your baby is due - will you have a cosy winter newborn, or a happy spring birth? Find an online due date calculator like on Emma's Diary. If you're keen to know what happens next, read some weekly pregnancy updates to give you a good idea.
Decide on when you'll announce your pregnancy: Some people might tell everyone the news right away; others might want to keep it a secret for as long as possible (or at least till the 12 week scan). This is an entirely personal thing; it's up to you! However, if you're going to keep it to you then read our tips on how to keep your early pregnancy a secret.
Make sure you consult a doctor or a midwife if you're concerned about any issues related to early pregnancy. You can also read our post with advice from our midwife and watch our YouTube pregnancy diaries