Congratulations! Now that you have found out you are expecting a little bundle of joy, you may have a lot of questions about what the next nine months will hold for you. While pregnancy is a great experience, there are some tips and tricks to getting through it that we want to share here with you.
Start exercising for a healthy you and a healthy baby. Pregnancy is not an excuse to sit on the couch for nine months. Being active during pregnancy has been shown to reduce the risk of miscarriages and can help shorten the length of your labor. Keeping yourself active will go a long way towards having a smooth pregnancy.
Pack your bags early. Don’t wait until you are 37 weeks or later to finally pack your bag for the hospital. Obviously you want your baby to reach full gestation, but you never know when something is going to happen. Having your bag packed will give you peace of mind in case there is an unexpected event.
Once you have determined if you are having a boy or girl it is a good time to start decorating a room and picking out clothes. The more time you have before the baby actually arrives to prepare the better because the room will turn out nicer and you’ll have more time to select better clothes.
Try babysitting a friend’s baby to get more comfortable with caring for a newborn. Having some hands on experience will help you feel more comfortable with the impending birth of your new baby. Don’t take off more than you can chew though as you get farther along in your pregnancy.
Try to avoid some of the chemicals that would be harmful to your body such as paint and toxic supplies around the house. These will end up getting into your bloodstream and could affect the overall health of your baby. Be extra cautious when you are pregnant to protect the child you are carrying.
Learn how to read nutrition labels and find out what to avoid. Stay with items that are low in fat and low in calories. Keep stocked with items that are high in fiber. If you do have a sugary snack, drink it with a glass of milk to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
Look for maternity clothes from thrift and consignment shops. You’ll just be wearing them for several months, so paying full price is sort of a waste. This will help you save money that you will need for diapers and baby food later.
Allow yourself to indulge in some of your cravings. You want to try and maintain a healthy diet during pregnancy, but it is okay to eat some unhealthy foods in moderation. Make sure to stay away from brie and feta cheese, herbal teas and raw sprouts, which could all negatively affect your baby’s health.
Remember to dedicate time to care for yourself. Once your baby arrives you entire focus will be on caring for him or her, and any time to pamper yourself will be very limited. Dedicate a few hours to spending time with your friends, working on a hobby or passion or just getting a manicure. This will not only improve your life, but the baby’s as well.
Having a baby is an unimaginable joy. The pregnant part is sometimes not so joyful. Lots of uncomfortable days and nights can make for a testy experience. If you remember what you read here though you can sail through it much easier and get on to the good part of being a mommy.