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You missed your period and took a pregnancy test; the result came back positive.

What do you do now?

Your mind is probably whirling with a million thoughts and emotions. It might be tough to think clearly or know what you should do first…

Don’t worry.

This Baby Bumps and Beyond blog post will help you navigate how to handle the news of your pregnancy, whether you were planning to get pregnant or not.

You are probably feeling a mixture of emotions – excitement, happiness, fear, anxiety and maybe even unsure why you feel this way.

We’re here to tell you that it is normal to feel all of these feelings!

“I just found out I’m pregnant, shouldn’t I be happy?”.

We’ve heard a lot of women share with us that they always thought that they would feel “happy and excited” at the news of being pregnant. The truth is women experience an array of emotions, from happy, to scared, overwhelmed, shocked, confused, excitement, etc. It is very normal to have mixed feelings. You may even experience a rollercoaster of emotions, feeling a million different things within a span of a few minutes.

What is important to know is that it is also ok if you don’t know how you feel about the pregnancy. There is no one right way to feel.

If you have been planning to get pregnant, you are likely going to be excited and want to tell someone right away, whether that’s your partner, a close family member, or a friend.

A lot of people think that they have to keep the news of a pregnancy secret until they are further along, but there really aren’t any rules, so you get to decide when and if you want to reveal your pregnancy.

But if you do want to keep the news a secret for now, that’s your right.

Some people do find it comforting to tell someone. Often it helps to talk to someone as a way to work through your emotions.

If you are ready to share the news, tell a partner, a trusted friend, co-worker, family member, neighbour or talk to a professional. Many resources and professionals are available in your community, including: your family doctor, Public Health programs, social workers, sexual health clinics, etc. If you are unsure about supports in your community, send us an email and we can point you in the right direction.

Try some of these tips to manage your feelings and emotions:

  1. Journal, write down your thoughts, feelings and emotions
  2. Accept your emotions, all of them
  3. Eat well
  4. Stay active
  5. Try deep breathing techniques
  6. Take time out to do something you enjoy
  7. Take a walk

Are there positive strategies that have worked for you in the past that have helped to manage your thoughts and emotion’s? Try some of those.

One thing we want you to remember, you are not alone on this journey!

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