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Positive Pregnancy Test—Now What?
Posted on 09/18/2017

Positive Pregnancy Test—Now What?

If you’re reading this, odds are you or your partner took a pregnancy test and got a positive result. Pregnancy can be an exciting time, but it can also be a time of uncertainty. That’s why we’re here to help you navigate this unchartered territory and make sure your pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible.

If you just found out that you’re pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, be sure to visit your local OB/GYN in Doylestown, PA as soon as possible. At Doylestown Women’s Health Center, we’re here to be your #1 pregnancy resource and help guide you through the health and management of your pregnancy.

What To Do When Your Pregnancy Test Is Positive

Double-check your results. The first logical step in this situation is to double-check your results. Although  This may occur due to the presence of hCG, which is a hormone produced during pregnancy. However, there are a few other factors, such as hCG being produced by the pituitary gland, or a chemical pregnancy, that may cause a positive result in the absence of pregnancy. For best results, take your pregnancy test in the morning, when you have enough urine and before the hCG has been diluted throughout the day.

  1. Tell your partner. Need ideas for how to tell your significant other? We have a few suggestions for how to tell your partner that you’re pregnant.

  2. Stop smoking immediately. One of the worst things for your baby is being exposed to tobacco and cigarettes. It is well-known that smoking is very harmful to the baby and may cause a number of birth defects.

  3. Don’t drink alcohol. Celebrating a pregnancy is perfectly okay (and encouraged!)—just make sure you don’t celebrate with alcohol. Furthermore, don’t drink alcohol at all during the duration of your pregnancy because it is dangerous for the baby and may lead to birth defects, such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

  4. Avoid caffeine. This includes coffee, tea, soda, and any other caffeinated beverages. While caffeine is not nearly as dangerous as alcohol or smoking, there is conflicting evidence about whether caffeine is okay during pregnancy. Just to be on the safe side, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises pregnant women to limit their caffeine intake to less than 200 milligrams per day. This equates to about one 11 oz. cup of coffee per day.

  5. Book an appointment with your OB/GYN. This step is key. Your OB/GYN is your women’s health expert who will be able to help guide you through your pregnancy and make sure that both you and your baby are happy & healthy. At Doylestown Women’s Health Center, we provide excellent obstetric care in Doylestown, PA.

  6. Tell your friends and family. It’s up to you when you decide to tell your loved ones that you’re pregnant, but they will likely share your excitement when you do decide to tell them. Be sure to check out these cute ideas for how to announce to your family that you’re pregnant.

Visit Your OB/GYN in Doylestown, PA

Our team of women’s health experts will help you navigate the ups and downs of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. At Doylestown Women’s Health Center, we're proud to provide expert health care to women, including a full range of obstetric services. If you're expecting or think you might be pregnant, please give us a call us at 215-340-2229 to start discussing and planning your pregnancy to ensure that things progress as smoothly as possible. We can’t wait to hear from you and get started on this journey!