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A positive pregnancy test will probably bring on intense -- and often conflicting -- emotions. Your tears may reflect feelings of joy, relief, impatience and also fear. This is normal.

Over the course of the next few weeks, as you get used to the idea, you should start feeling calmer. Talk to your partner and friends, or make new friends in real life or online with whom you can share your feelings and concerns. (Click here to see articles of interest to the dad-to-be.)

Are you really pregnant?

What, besides pregnancy, can make a pregnancy test return a positive result? Very few women can believe they are, indeed, expecting a baby when they first take that pregnancy test.

It begs the question: could something else be causing a positive result? A pharmacist offers some information -- click here to read more.

To drink or not to drink

"I have never been a big drinker, but like to have wine with dinner sometimes. How much alcohol is it safe to consume during pregnancy?" -- Mary in Metairie, Louisiana.

Read the expert's answer right here.

Still waiting to test?

Don't wait until that pregnancy test comes back positive before you start to get all the nutrition a pregnant woman needs! "You and your baby both will benefit if you're in the best health - nutritional and otherwise -- as possible at the time of conception," says nutritionist Martha Belury, PhD, RD. "To that end, health practitioners often recommend all women begin taking prenatal supplements and eliminating alcoholic beverage consumption and tobacco products usage before pregnancy."

Kelly Shanahan, MD, a board-certified obstetrician gynecologist, agrees. She says that even before conception is confirmed, women can begin to curb any harmful habits, like smoking and drinking. You can also start implementing a healthier diet containing essential vitamins and nutrients, such as folic acid and calcium.

And don't forget the fluids: You should also be sure to drink plenty of water.

Read on to learn more ways to cope with the two week wait.

When should you tell people about your pregnancy? Many women choose to wait until after the 12th week, since it's during the first 12 weeks that most miscarriages occur.

Find out some ways some expectant parents have shared the news here!

Advice & support

"Okay, I'm grateful over this pregnancy, but when is this throwing up going to stop so I can actually be happy about it? Throwing up every day. Tried sea bands. Eating as much as I can but the thought of food makes me turn green. I did have an OB appointment yesterday and they assure me it's normal. Hopefully it will only be a few more weeks since we're nine weeks along. Saw the heartbeat on the ultrasound, too. Made me feel better. Okay, I cried right along with my husband. What a beautiful thing. Just trying to hang on until this passes..." - Doosy, on the message boards

Get help with the misery of morning sickness here!

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