Your journey to parenthood can be emotional, overwhelming, albeit greatly satisfying and rewarding. Knowing what steps to take on that journey can be the most overwhelming part and we are here to help in any way we can. Our team of nurses and doctors are here to make you feel comfortable regardless of your situation or status, and we are proud that we have a team of LGBT friendly doctors Los Angeles here at STD Free LA. We want to help you understand and deal with the overflow of emotions that the news of your pregnancy comes with.

Get In Contact With Your GP 

The first appointment that kicks off your pregnancy care (also known as antenatal care) is essential. This is where your general practitioner will inform the team of your pregnancy and begin taking the necessary steps to best prepare you and the team for the big day. They will give you a date for your ‘booking appointment’ which will likely be around week 8 to week 10 of your pregnancy. Your doctor and the team will be there every step of the way, from checkups to information, classes, and tips to keep you and your baby healthy.

Lifestyle Adjustments

If you are good to yourself, then you will be good to your baby. If you are a smoker, then this is the time to officially quit. Additionally, you want to stay away from all types of alcoholic beverages during your pregnancy so you do not harm your baby’s development. If you have been taking pregnancy hormones up to this point, then you want to take a break from them and relax. Staying active and exercising while pregnant will be great for your personal health and that of your baby. Consult with your GP about exercise routines are best. Lastly, taking all the necessary vitamin, supplements and eating a healthy and balanced diet will allow your growing baby to thrive.

Expected Symptoms

The first few weeks of pregnancy can be the toughest due to the fact that your body is going through so many changes. Sore breasts, morning sickness, and tiredness are all common symptoms in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to help you cope with these changes. However, while most of these are common, you must know that they can be a sign that something is wrong. By being in constant communication with your doctor, you will be able to judge your progress and health throughout your pregnancy.

About STD Free LA

STD Free Los Angeles is a medical facility that offers a variety of sexual and reproductive health services, Monday through Saturday. Their skilled staff of LGBT friendly doctors Los Angeles provides care in a professional and efficient manner.  For more tips on how to have a healthy and happy pregnancy follow us on Facebook or Twitter.