Congratulations—you’re pregnant! Whether this pregnancy was planned or completely unexpected, your body and life will never be the same. It’s normal to feel a wide range of emotions, ranging from uncertainty to elation, right from the beginning. As you gain more knowledge and take the necessary steps to ensure a healthy pregnancy, you’ll be able to focus more on enjoying your new status of “Mom-to-Be!”
Use your emotions to set some goals for the next 30 days. If you feel confused or uncertain about your pregnancy—and many women do—aim to get all the answers you need to feel more secure. Just the opposite, if you spend all your time imagining a perfect experience, try to educate yourself on the realities of the next 9 months, so you won’t be caught off-guard. Even if you aren’t very pleased about your pregnancy, strive to address these feelings, so you can feel happier throughout this experience. Regardless of where you’re starting, take the first step towards enjoying your pregnancy to its fullest.
DID YOU KNOW? The average pregnancy is technically longer than nine months. Pregnancies are an estimated 40 weeks, or ten “lunar” months long. Since a pregnancy is dated from the beginning of your last menstrual cycle, you’re about four or five weeks “pregnant” by the time you miss a period!