So you’re holding proof of a baby brewing —now what comes after the test? Typically, now is the exact time to contact your doc and give him the news.
The NHS advises that you inform your GP as soon as you see those two little lines. This is so your details can be put into the antenatal database, which will allow for appointments and scans to be scheduled.
But there’s no panic if your doctor is booked up for a bit—antenatal appointments tend to only commence from 8 weeks onwards; in fact, some women only wait until they’re closer to this mark to make contact with their GP, although relying on your own dating of the pregnancy is not very reliable. What’s more, if you have a pre-existing medical condition, or have had miscarriages in the past, you need to call as soon as you’ve taken the test, and inform your medical professional of your health history.
GPs aren’t the only first port of call, though.
“You don’t have to see a doctor when you are pregnant,” explains Gail Johnson, midwife and professional adviser at the Royal College of Midwives.
“If you have a positive pregnancy test, you can choose to just see a midwife, so if you contact your GP surgery, they can put you straight in touch with midwifery services to arrange your 1st appointment.”
Whoever you decide to see, don’t worry about bringing in that stick; home pregnancy tests are highly accurate, so you’ll be taken at your word!
While you wait for that first appointment, make sure you’re taking folic acid supplements. And when you do arrive to see your doctor or midwife, expect only a routine check, with basic questions; aka no fancy scans or the chance to hear a heartbeat—that all comes at your next appointment, called the booking appointment, and then at the dating scan, which usually happens around the 12 week mark.