10 Things to do During your Pregnancy…
Believe it or not, 9 months of pregnancy will be over in a blink of an eye. I know it doesn’t feel like it, the swollen legs, morning sickness, sleepy afternoons and caffeine cravings make the days drag on. Soon you will have a newborn and the key to make the transition as easy as possible is preparing.
The transition for a first time mom does not come easy. Some of us, apparently a lot of people make this transition in our 30’s!
After 9 months of pregnancy counting the days, I blink and here I am at 39 with an amazing 18 month old and a fiancé living the family dream. I don’t know about you but in my early 20’s my mind had shifted to a thought of career success, moving up the corporate ladder and eventually being a part owner of a business.
Well, I accomplished all that by the age of 32. As such, I had dated, had a few relationships but really just enjoyed life and continued to focus on me. Until that is, I fell in love with a man that showed me the love in a relationship that would carry through to our children. Still steadfast on having a career, we were blessed with a surprise in May of 2016.
After the initial excitement had passed the shock and fear set in. Morning sickness quickly approached and I was terrified at the thought of labor. I researched, asked a few friends for advice and surfed through Pinterest boards constantly… Only to have continued confusion and fear. Looking back on that time, I wish someone had given me the following advice and guidance;
- Stay extremely busy. You have 9 months to enjoy this time and sitting around living in fear will only drag out the time. I had friends constantly excited around me and although I couldn’t relate to the feeling it helped with the ups and downs of emotions and morning sickness. More to come on a list of ideas to maintain a productive pregnancy….
- Morning Sickness will more than likely pass after 18 weeks. Meanwhile, wake up and eat a darn saltine cracker or light piece of toast. Granted, you will have some awesome cravings. Mine was personally Hi-C Orange from McDonalds, Salsa, Salads and Drumstick Ice Cream! What I did learn is the more grease I ate (because it tasted good), the worse my morning sickness got. Always carry crackers, look into some nausea bands, always have a stream of air flowing around you and try drinking a few sips of Coca Cola, some days believe it or not it helped.
- Plan out your next 9 months and set goals. Include things such as;
- Cleaning out the soon-to-be-nursery
- Cleaning out the pantries and closets (you will need the space!)
- Making essential lists of things you will need ideas of lists include; Registry items vs. non-registry items and when to purchase. For example you won’t need any postpartum items until the very end of your pregnancy however any nursery décor or essentials for the baby you will should set up at least 2 weeks before the due date. A great resource for this is Amazon personal lists and registries on Target, Babies R Us and BuyBuyBaby. I personally bought my crib and changing table through Wayfair and had a friend day for assembling and decor it was quite fun!
- Hospital recommended classes. I only took the breastfeeding class and toured the hospital. Feedback I received from friends was every nurse was going to have a different labor plan or idea for you and they walk you through it. The friends that had gone to the courses said it made them more nervous than anything. Those two classes ended up being just perfect!
- Taking last trips or plan a trip to visit any family or friends out of state you want to see in the next 15 months
- Find a reliable house cleaner now. Have someone ready to help support you when you get home – this will make a world of difference. I relied on Amazon for this, you can find great deals and read their reviews rather than trusting a stranger. Price Disclaimer
- Have a date night once a week. You will find that your significant other will need this time as well, not focused on the baby but focused on the relationship.
- Find a multivitamin that works for you ASAP. You will be tired, that’s the way it goes. Yes, you can have some caffeine (consult your doctor on this) however if you were like me consuming insane amounts of coffee you will need a great multivitamin. I personally ordered a liquid online through amazon that was like liquid gold and the only thing that kept me functioning. Price Disclaimer
- Start saving now. Plan out your time off work and determine what your employer covers, the doctor visit costs as well as the hospital. This will help keep you level-set emotionally.
- Start thinking of daycares now, gain input and look at your budget for post-delivery. I personally found myself frantic after he was born trying to figure this out. It’s a great way to keep yourself busy during these 9 months you have available!
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and it does not have to be yours. Half the advice you will hear – decide if you take it or ditch it and its totally okay if you don’t agree!!!!
I have never been so blessed and excited to have such an amazing son in my life today. I personally know that had I kept busy the 9 months would have flown right by and I would have saved myself the unneeded stress once he was born having been more prepared. Love and Joy is on the way, Embrace it!
Don’t forget to pamper yourself along the way. Here are some of the things I indulged in Belly Butter, Belly Belt, and Cooling Cream for swollen feet! Enjoy!