Unplanned, unintended, mistimed, unprevented…it’s still a pregnancy…oops…it’s what it is. You are now part of the majority of the pregnancies in America. Welcome!
As you ask, “What do I do now”, let’s come to grips with your reality. It’s not the end of the world. Your most important ally is yourself. It is now your opportunity to excel in the pregnancy world. Don’t become a passive participant. With our help you will become an empowered pregnancy expert. It may seem easier to slip into denial or to exclusively rely on others for knowledge and support, but the excitement that comes with your own personal journey cannot be duplicated or replaced.
Coming from many years of caring for women who didn’t plan to get pregnant, Dr. Jim and I welcome the opportunity to assist you on your path to pregnancy empowerment. There are many pregnancy blogs with lots and lots of pregnancy information. Our new blog offers more. It will help you access the questions and answers you personally need to get you through your pregnancy. Our goal is that you will be armed with newfound knowledge with the most current and accurate medical advice.
Congratulations…let’s get started.
Why didn’t I write down the date my last period?
Well, maybe you did write it down….or you just don’t track those sorts of things. Maybe you remember the day you got pregnant? Can you remember any activities that might jog your memory about your last period or the conception?
At the moment when most women conceive a pregnancy they aren’t usually thinking about their last period….but what’s the first thing you get asked when you go for a pregnancy test? “What was the first day of your last period?” The answer to this seemingly simple question may not seem important to you at the time, but trust me, you will see the importance as you progress through the weeks ahead. For a woman with regular menstrual cycles, her last period’s “start date” determines her baby’s due date.
If you know the date of your last period, and recognize early that you have missed a period, you have gained the power of being able to pinpoint the day (or night) you got pregnant. With this knowledge you become more empowered. You might ask, “WHY do I need this empowerment?”
When you know these basic starts to pregnancy, you immediately put yourself on the same team as your health care provider. You and your unborn baby are very important co-members of this team. Rather than feeling like no one is listening or you are being told things you don’t understand, you participate and contribute throughout your pregnancy. When you start prenatal care with positive involved actions, you gain control.