Pregnancy and childbirth

Pregnancy First Trimester: To-Do Lists

Make sure you’re really pregnant
Most home pregnancy tests can accurately detect pregnancy in the week after your period is normally due – two weeks after you ovulate. If the test shows a negative or a faintly positive result, wait another few days or a week and try again if you still haven’t gotten your period.
Take your prenatal vitamin
If you haven’t started taking a prenatal vitamin yet, now’s the time to start. It’s particularly critical to get enough folic acid while trying to conceive and during your first trimester. Folic acid greatly reduces your baby’s risk of developing neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida
Investigate health insurance
Make sure you know what your health insurance plan covers as far as your prenatal care and delivery costs, as well as care for your new baby. Get answers to these questions by calling your health insurance provider or talking to your company’s benefits department. If you don’t have health insurance, find out where you can get help.

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