Congratulations you are pregnant! It can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time but there are a few things you should do when you find out you’re expecting! This to-do list is for any new or seasoned mother, have your pen at the ready!
- Celebrate – in any way that best suits you
You have just peed on that little white stick and the double lines have appeared! Yay! It is important that you take the time to celebrate in any way that is comfortable to you. If that means you jump for joy with your nearest and dearest, or cry on the bathroom floor (like me) then do it. This may have been a complete surprise or months, maybe even years of struggle so when you see those perfect double lines make sure you celebrate!
- Take your pre-natal vitamins
Folic acid is utterly important when it comes to the first trimester, this has been proven in numerous studies that it protects your baby from neural tube defect. Not only is folic acid essential so are other key vitamins and nutrients, such as iron. As your body adjusts to growing a fetus all your own nutrient intake goes straight to that bundle of joy so you can be let feeling lethargic and nauseous. The right pre-natal vitamin can help with all of that. Be careful to increase your fiber intake while taking an iron supplement, as iron is notorious for slowing your bowel movements down!
- Take a walk
It can be so hard, especially in your first trimester, to find the energy to do any sort of exercise (harder if you battle the morning/all day sickness). This is the time however to start some form of exercise, if you are normally a gym bunny or if you haven’t exercised at all, it is important to at least start walking for 20 minutes a day to help you through your pregnancy. Exercise while pregnant has not only been proven to help you during labor but also helps you get your pre-baby body back faster. You don’t need to run a marathon or start an intensive workout regime, but a walk at an incline or pre-natal yoga can really help you in the long run and even combat that nausea. (Make sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise regime)
- Water, water, water!
Water is essential in your daily life regardless if you are pregnant, however when you are pregnant water is such a natural way to help you with many things during your pregnancy. Dehydration: If you suffer from a little or severe morning sickness then water intake is important. Having no appetite can make it hard but sipping on a bottle of water all day long will ensure you combat dehydration.
Constipation: Your uterus is growing, organs are moving and your body is adjusting. On top of a dose of iron, your digestion may be slowing down and you may find yourself struggling when it comes to doing no.2 (let’s be honest, there is no nice way to talk about constipation). Don’t worry it’s normally! You are not alone, what you can do to help which is totally natural is up your water intake. 2-3 liters of water can help your body’s natural flow, even a warm cup with a squeeze of lemon in the morning or night will be a lifesaver!
Curb the craving: Cravings don’t typically start until the third trimester, but you will find yourself having an increased appetite which may lead you to the cookie jar more often than not! While I advocate enjoying your pregnancy in all its glory (including food indulgence) water can help you curb the extra snacking and stopping you from eating that second donut!
- Take it in your stride
Once you start telling people you are expecting, whether it’s your first or fourth, the advice will start rolling in. It may be unsolicited or sought after but it is a guarantee that there will be at least one person who will comment on your pregnancy or motherhood. Just breathe and take it in your stride. “You just wait to the baby comes,” “that’s nothing, I was sick all the time,” “believe me, labor is the easiest part.” Regardless if it comes from your best friend or your mother, the intention is always harmless but can get frustrating when you hear it for the 18th time. Remember that not one pregnancy is the same and you will work out what works best for you and your baby…and perhaps in time you will give your experience and advice to your children!
*Please note that these tips are from my own personal experience. I am not a medical professional therefore these tips should not be used instead of or against your doctors medical advice – following tips or advise is solely your decision.*
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