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PREGNANCY - 15 Tips for Getting it Right

Friday, August 11, 2017

I remember it like it was yesterday, that morning I found out I was pregnant for the first time. I dreamed during the night that I could feel a baby kicking inside me, and that was a dream I had NEVER experienced. It was so real. I practically fell out of bed and ran to find a pregnancy test. Waiting on confirmation felt like an eternity, and the moment I saw PREGNANT come across the digital test, I started to feel like I was floating. This was it. I was finally going to be a mom. The next few days I was on cloud 9. I daydreamed, spent countless hours on Pinterest researching and pinning outfits and nursery rooms, talked my husband's ear off about all the possibilities and pondered everything about my new obsession. It was so exciting. Before I was even two weeks into term, I had planned everything about my pregnancy, delivery, nursery and basically my unborn child's entire life. Then it hit me. I was pregnant, which meant I was going to have a child. Not just a child. I was going to have a little person growing inside my body, come out of my body, and then I was going to be responsible for this child for the rest of her life. What in the world had I done? I wasn't ready to be a mom. I didn't like putting on real pants on the weekends, much less getting dressed for birthday parties and PTA meetings. And my body, what was I doing to my poor body? Granted, I was probably in the worst shape of my life when I got pregnant, but at least my boobs landed where they were supposed to. I didn't have stretch marks. I could drink soda or alcohol whenever I wanted. Maybe this was a mistake. Maybe I wasn't ready. But it was too late. I was having a baby for better or worse.
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Maybe I'm crazy, but I feel like every mom has those panic attacks during pregnancy. You know, that overwhelming feeling that you have NO IDEA what you are doing now, never mind when it comes to actually raising a child after birth. For me, those panic attacks happened at least once a month. I searched and searched but could never seem to find an article, answer-thread or group where anyone actually understood what I was feeling. It was one extreme or the other. Either they were the most negative things you could read about being pregnant and raising children, or Betty Homemaker was coddling me and saying I just needed to breathe. I was breathing. I just wanted to know how to do this without being an expert. Good luck to me, right? My experience is exactly what inspired me to write this post. Read on for 15 Tips for Getting Pregnancy Right.

  1. Quit freaking out, be it good freak outs or bad. - Yes, you are pregnant. Yes, your emotions are completely uncontrollable. Freaking out is only going to make your emotions skyrocket in different directions. Figure out what keeps you grounded and KEEP IT AROUND - person, song, item, whatever it is. Until you get your emotions in check, that's your new best friend.
  2. Buy a Pregnancy Planner. - My pregnancy planner was my lifesaver, because it wasn't just blank pages. It contained detailed advice and tips for every stage of pregnancy, and it also left me enough room to plan out everything under the sun. Bonus: it includes a free subscription to Parenting Magazine. Check it out here: 
  3. Morning Sickness is real, and it's not only in the morning. - The biggest things I used to help combat that terrible feeling and the dehydration that occurred with it were Ginger Pops (found here Three Lollies Preggie Pop Drops Assorted for Morning Sickness Relief, 21 Count ) and freezing Gatorade in ice cube trays. Morning sickness is going to take it out of you at times, and water will sound awful when that happens. You can also try eating lots of watermelon!
  4. You might experience constipation. - I know, nobody wants to think about that, but actually about 50% of pregnant women experience major trouble with constipation during pregnancy. You can prevent this by eating a high fiber diet, drinking LOTS of water, and exercising daily for 20-30 minutes. 
  5. Do not buy disgusting "horse pill" prenatal vitamins. - In this day and age, just because we are required to take medication does not mean it has to make us gag. You'll already be feeling sick, why do that to yourself? You'll be stuck taking these puppies for almost a year, so do yourself a favor, and take something you can stomach like these: Vitafusion Prenatal, Gummy Vitamins, 90 Count (Packaging May Vary)
  6. Remember to take time to think about yourself. - This very well may be the last time that you can be completely selfish. If you want to take a bath 3 times a day, do it. After baby, you'll have company non-stop. Take time to relax, indulge and think about you.
  7. Don't let the doctors scare you. - Every mom I know had a doctor at some point during pregnancy that put fear inside of her. Why do they do this? We're already freaking out. Yes, babies can be born with complications, babies can be born with diseases. We all know this. If a doctor tells you that your child is in risk, listen carefully, but understand that what's going to happen is going to happen. Go with your gut. This child is already growing inside you. It is YOUR baby, and that means he or she is going to be perfect, no matter what.
  8. Buy a pregnancy pillow. - Your body will thank you. Admittedly, you won't really "need" this until at least the second or third trimester. Buy it earlier. You absolutely will not regret it. Here are a few great options:
    1. Pregnancy Pillow, Full Body Maternity Pillow with Contoured U-Shape by Bluestone, Back Support
    2. Queen Rose U Shaped Pregnancy Body Pillow with Zipper Removable Cover (Pink and Blue)
    3. Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow, Ivory
  9. Let people cater to you. - I am terrible about this. I remember being only a couple of months along and having all of the family over for Thanksgiving. After dinner, I started clearing and cleaning dishes as I normally would. My mother tried desperately to get me to sit down and let the family do it all for me, to which I refused. I'm telling you now, if I could go back even to that one instance that someone wanted to let me sit while they did all the work, I'd do it. Take advantage of it while you can.
  10. Don't worry if everything doesn't seem "on schedule". - Yes, there are certain things that can cause worry. However, if your friend is pregnant at the same time and she is experiencing something you haven't felt yet, don't panic. Your baby will kick for the first time when it is ready. You will get that amazing heartburn when your body is ready. Everything comes in time.
  11. Not everything you hear is true. - You may get cravings, you may not. You may be like me and have food aversions for the majority of your pregnancy. Trust your body. If something doesn't sound appealing, don't eat it. You'll regret it. However, if your body is saying "hey, dip that pickle in that peanut butter", just do it. 
  12. If you're planning on breastfeeding, help kick start your milk supply after it starts coming in. - I had terrible issues with breastfeeding after having Mastitis AND MRSA in one of my breasts. I saw success after it cleared, but my milk supply was terrible reduced with that set back. I purchased Milk Supply Supplements, and they were a HUGE help. Amazon has the best supply supplements you can find: UpSpring Milkflow All-Natural Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle Capsules, 100 Count
  13. Don't waste all your money on maternity clothes. - Yes, it sounds incredibly appealing to by all those cute tops and dresses. After baby, you'll look at them in your closet and wonder what in the world to do with them. If you're going to purchase new clothes, keep the maternity clothes to a minimum and focus more on oversized tops, leggings, items with stretch, etc. 
  14. Your body is going to do some weird things. - It is just part of pregnancy, and it is different for everyone. I think every mom out there experiences the constant urination, but there's more. For some it is a MAJORLY increased sex drive or complete loss of sex drive. Some women get incredibly gassy. Some have major swelling of the feet. Just know that anything "weird" that happens in par for the course. The little nugget growing inside you is SO worth it.
  15. You are not actually eating for two. - I know, right? We've always heard this and been super excited about they day we can eat like pigs and blame it on the pregnancy. Well, that's not actually the case. Your doctor should give you some good information on nutrition choices while pregnant, but I found an awesome book that served as my guide for each month. This kept me in check and kept me from overeating or eating the wrong things. You can find it here: The Whole 9 Months: A Week-By-Week Pregnancy Nutrition Guide with Recipes for a Healthy Start 

I hope this list has helped you feel more calm and confident about your pregnancy. As always, we'd love to hear from you! Comment below with feedback, suggestions or to share your experience! 



2 comments:

  1. What an insightful post! I'm not pregnant yet but definitely love reading posts like this so I know what to expect!

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    1. Thank you Antonia! Good luck with your path in the future!

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