Even if you kind of suspected or knew with your whole heart that you were pregnant, when you actually pee on the stick and see the little lines officially confirming your pregnancy, your life changes in a nanosecond.
All of a sudden you might go from thinking “I’m probably just late.” To OMG, now what? Suddenly, there’s a flurry of emotions and questions. What should you do? Are you ready? What should you name your child? While I won’t suggest baby names for you, I can give you some guidance on what to do during pregnancy. Pregnancy is an incredible feat, and I know you’ll be able to rise to the challenge. Ready? Set? Let’s get started.
Your Body and Mind
- Take your prenatal vitamin – your baby needs lots of nutrients now. If you’re feeling nauseated, then try taking it at night.
- Try to eat every 2-3 hours, even if you’re not hungry. Keeping your blood sugar stable helps prevent nausea and vomiting. Aim for dry toast, crackers or nutritional bars. (link to nutrition in pregnancy blog:
- Get some rest. Creating a baby takes a lot of energy. Please, do not feel guilty for being tired. You are growing a human! Don’t be surprised if you wake up tired or if you need regular midday naps. Rest when you need it.
- Exercise! Unless your health care provider has advised you against it, exercise is key in keeping you and your baby healthy. If you already exercise- great, keep going. If not, start slowly and work your way up. (link to exercise in pregnancy blog:
- Sign up for a prepared childbirth class. Learning about the process will help you feel more at ease, and the information learned can be very helpful during labor. Be sure to sign up early, though! Parenting classes fill up quickly.
Make Time for You
- Keep a journal. If you’re not the journaling type, it can be fun to write letters to your baby, either detailing your dreams for your future together, or simply saying how much you love them. After years have passed, you and your child can look back together and see how much you’ve both grown.
- Expect the unexpected – your body is changing overnight. Suddenly your breasts are swelling, your digestion is off, you can smell French fries from McDonalds a mile away and you’re crying at dog food commercials. What gives? Chalk it up to hormones.
- Laugh it off. Keeping your sense of humor close makes it easier to handle all the crazy changes happening to your body. Or think of yourself as a reporter for CNN. Ok, what’s the latest development in my ever changing and evolving body?
For more on every aspect of pregnancy, check out my new book: Nurse Barb’s Personal Guide to Pregnancy.