Every pregnant mom knows the standard pregnancy tips. In fact you’ve probably heard the important ones about what fish to avoid and what tests you’ll need so often that you could teach this in medical school.
So here, for the first time, are the 7 simple and surprising tips Moms to be need to know.
#1 Put your oxygen mask on 1st – You have to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally to be the kind of mom you want to be. Running on empty doesn’t work for anyone. Remember you’re nurturing a new life, so find ways to nurture yourself.
#2 Trust your instincts – You know yourself better than anyone else on the planet, including your own mother. If you are craving sleep and can’t get off the couch, then trust your instincts and enjoy some more rest. Likewise, if something doesn’t seem quite right and you have concerns, listen to your body, and call your provider.
#3 Partner with your partner – Pregnancy brings many unexpected changes to every relationship. This is often a stressful time for even the most together and loving couples. Find ways to spend time together that don’t involve preparing for the baby. If you can, take a Babymoon, even a few days away from everyday stressors can bring couples closer.
#4 Look into banking your baby’s Cord Blood – The stem cells from Cord Blood and Umbilical Cord tissue treat a number of conditions that previously there has been no treatment for. They are the types of stem cells that transplant surgeons prefer to treat cancers and leukemias because of they are less likely to cause rejection. They’re also treating children with brain injury, cerebral palsy, hearing loss and Type 1 diabetes. I recommend CBR, Cord Blood Registry for many reasons, including the fact that they are the #1 most recommended by Ob doctors.
#5 Take a breastfeeding class – In fact, take lots of classes and read as much about parenting before the baby makes their grand entrance. Especially with breastfeeding, which is a new skill for mom and baby, know as much as possible about positioning, latching and where to find help before you’re sleep deprived and recovering from the delivery.
#6 Create a Stage Name for your baby – Nearly every parent has had the experience of announcing their carefully thought out and cherished name for their baby only to be met with perplexed stares, dropped jaws and unwelcome comments about how inappropriate that name is. Spare yourself the unsolicited advice and create the public stage name to announce, while keeping your favorite name a secret to reveal later. Here are some ideas from my patients: Sweet Pea, Sparky, Love Bug & Lamb chop.
#7 Take a walk – You may not have the time or the energy to get to the gym, and yet any and all exercise is good for your stamina and for the baby. A 10 minute walk is a great way to get a little exercise, get your blood pumping a little bit and clear your head. If you can walk longer, by all means go for it, just remember every little bit of exercise helps you feel better physically and emotionally.
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