Positive pregnancy test: what should you do?
There it is, that plus or second dash on your pregnancy test. You are pregnant! Maybe you have been hoping for months, or maybe you are a little overwhelmed. No matter how you are feeling at this particular moment, there are a number of things that are important to consider. We have therefore listed for you what you need to know and do if your pregnancy test is positive and you have become pregnant.
Am i pregnant
When a pregnancy test is positive, many women still wonder if that's true. Because can you get a positive test even if you are not pregnant at all? The likelihood of a so-called false positive pregnancy test is very small. This mostly only happens if you've just had a baby, if you've had a (early) miscarriage, or are on fertility treatment. If this is not the case and you have taken the pregnancy test as directed in the instructions for use, you can assume that you are pregnant.
Now that you have established that you are truly pregnant, it is time to take the right steps for this special time.
Positive pregnancy test: hold on to the moment!
If you have just found out that you are pregnant, there is great value in capturing this moment. So take a picture of the test or take a picture with your partner and a big smile! It's also fun to make a video of that moment of surprise and joy. Nice for later and to show off to family and friends! Tip: Start now with belly photos. This will give you a nice overview of how your tummy has grown over the months.
Tell your partner / good friend
Did you take the pregnancy test alone? Then let your partner know right away to share your happiness or confusion. If you don't have a partner, you can share your story with a good friend. It's nice to share your emotions in this special situation.
Calculate how long you will be pregnant
After you have recovered from the initial shock, it is important that you calculate how long you will approximately be pregnant. It is advisable to contact your midwife or your general practitioner or gynecologist before the 9th week of pregnancy. To calculate how long you have been pregnant, take the first day of your last menstrual period and count the weeks up to that point. Would you also like to know when your due date is? Add 280 days (40 weeks) to the first day of your last period. This is roughly the due date. The midwife sets the final due date around the 12th week of pregnancy.
Start taking folic acid (if you aren't already)
An important vitamin to swallow before and during pregnancy is folic acid, also called vitamin B11. Our bodies do not produce folic acid on their own, and as a pregnant woman you will not get enough folic acid from food. Folic acid is important for the development of your unborn child. Among other things, it reduces the likelihood of an open palate or spina bifida (cleft vertebrae). It is also important for your baby's placenta growth and central nervous system. It is recommended to take 400 mg of folic acid per day from 4 weeks before pregnancy up to the 10th week of pregnancy