Positive Pregnancy Test: Now What?

Positive Pregnancy TestIf your pregnancy test was positive, call your Group Health Medical Centers clinic as soon as possible to make an appointment to be examined and begin prenatal care. Clinicians you can choose from include a family physician who provides obstetrics care, an obstetrician/gynecologist (Ob/Gyn), or a certified nurse midwife.

If you're a teen in the Seattle area, you can make an appointment with the Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Clinic in Seattle by calling 206-326-2656. The clinic offers programs and services that include prenatal care, labor and delivery management, postpartum care, and well-child care up to age 2. If you live outside of the Seattle area, you can call this number to find out about resources that are offered in your area.

If you don't want to continue your pregnancy, make an appointment with your women's health care specialist or your personal primary care physician. They can help you make the decision that's best for you.

For information about pregnancy care or counseling, call the Group Health Consulting Nurse Service toll-free 24 hours a day at 1-800-297-6877.

Get Off to a Healthy Start

To keep you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy, we recommend that you:

  • Take a prenatal vitamin every day that has 400–800 mcg of folate (also called folic acid). If you have vomiting, stop taking the vitamins and call your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor before taking any medicines (prescription and over-the-counter).
  • Don't smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs. All of these behaviors can cause long-term damage to you and your unborn baby.
  • Limit your use of caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and vitamins (other than prenatal vitamins). 
  • Avoid saunas, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and tanning beds. 
  • Eat healthy foods, including plenty of fruits, vegetables (wash before eating), grains, and calcium-rich foods. Don't eat uncooked or undercooked meats or fish, and unpasteurized cheese. Wear gloves when handling raw meat.
  • Avoid contact with cat feces, bug repellants, and lead-based paint. Wear gloves when gardening.
  • Don't have X-rays around your lower abdomen or pelvic area.

Exercise During and After Pregnancy

Exercising during and after pregnancy is beneficial for both you and your baby. Regular physical activity promotes good overall fitness, which results in a healthier pregnancy and birth.
 
Talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program — both when you're pregnant and after your baby's birth. A healthy exercise program might start out with walking, jogging, swimming, or doing some other form of aerobic exercise for 15 minutes, 4 or 5 days a week. The goal would be to increase by a few minutes each day until you reach 45 minutes per session.

If you have back pain during your pregnancy, try gentle activities such as walking or swimming. You can also get pain relief by doing stretching exercises, practicing good posture, lifting properly, and wearing low-heeled supportive shoes. Getting back rubs or prenatal massages may also be helpful.  

Strength training helps rebuild bone mass after giving birth, and is especially important if you choose to breastfeed. That's because you'll experience some loss of bone mineral density while calcium is being transferred to your breast milk. Studies show that exercising is safe during the breastfeeding phase, and will not affect your infant's growth or the quality or amount of your breast milk.

Problems During Pregnancy

Call your doctor or the Group Health Consulting Nurse Service right away if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Bleeding or leaking of fluid from your vagina
  • Moderate to severe cramping or pain in your abdomen 
  • Severe headache or dizziness that doesn't go away 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Swollen hands, feet, or face
  • Nausea and vomiting that doesn't go away 
  • Pain when urinating 
  • Irritating vaginal discharge 
  • Sores or blisters in vaginal area 
  • Rash or severe itching 
  • Fever over 100.5 degrees F
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