Pregnancy! One of the most intense experiences you will go through in your whole life. Yes, there is a lot to do to ensure that your pregnancy will be a smooth one but there are also plenty of tips we have for you to hopefully help along this wild ride. Let’s dive in.
The number one thing that we have to tell you from experience, is to always listen to your body. If your body is telling you that you need to rest, then you rest. Whether it may be your body calling for a nap or simply a glass of water, listen and do it. You will never be sorry for listening to your body’s needs at this point in your life, you’ll definitely regret not listening. Take it all one step at a time, mama.
Taking prenatal vitamins is also a must. They are filled with vitamins and minerals that are essential to baby’s spine and brain development and good for you, too. Even if you eat a healthy diet, it is still very important to be taking a prenatal vitamin. It takes a whole lot of nutrients to make a baby.
Change up your routine a bit – if you do a lot of heavy lifting around the house, have someone help you with it. With that being said, ask for help whenever you feel its needed and take the help! Your body is doing a tremendous amount of work, don’t overdo it.
If this is your first pregnancy and you’re feeling nervous about it, educate yourself. Take a pregnancy/birthing class, and tour local birthing facilities! Bring a friend or your partner along, too! It will put your mind at ease. Meeting local mama’s who are on the same boat as you may relieve some stress. Pregnancy and giving birth is most definitely one of the toughest things you will do in your lifetime, but its a fun time also so try not to get scared or overwhelmed. You’re going to do great.
One of the best pregnancy books out there is “What to Expect When You Are Expecting“, by Heidi Murkoff. It’s a big book with lots of information but is a valuable resources to have at hand, so get a copy and have it available whenever you have a question.
Also, pregnancy can be hard on your teeth. We know… what? But unfortunately the increased hormones your body makes during pregnancy can effect the body’s ability to fight plaque. It doesn’t happen to everyone but just to be safe checking in your your dentist regularly during pregnancy may be a good idea just to make sure your teeth are doing okay.
Give in to those cravings, let people spoil you, rest rest REST, take long baths, take lots of time for YOU (while you have it). Treat yourself right, and always remember that you’re tougher than you think. We know you’re going to do great, and we congratulate you. Cheers! *clanks wine glass full of apple juice*.
With Love, the Baby Discovery Box Team