While bringing a human into the world can be extremely rewarding, it can also take a tole on the human body. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you ways you can stay in shape, hacks to make the barefoot and pregnant life a breeze, and what you should do while you’re pregnant to prepare for your bundle of joy’s arrival.
When you first see those two little lines pop up on a pregnancy test, your heart is either filled with joy, or you are petrified about how you are going to handle all of this. I’m here to ease your mind. It’s all going to work out in the end: our goal is healthy mommy & baby. My job is to help you get there, so please try to listen to what I have to say. Although everyone and their mother is going to try to tell you what you should be doing while you’re pregnant, keep in mind that this is your baby, your body, and your choice. Listen to your heart, and take my advice with a grain of salt.
The first thing you should do when you think you may be pregnant is consult an obstetrician, or the assistance of a medical professional. This is because you may experience a false-positive result from the at home tests. This is when you are not pregnant, however, the test claims to have a positive result. This could be extremely serious in nature, which is why you need to seek professional help. Something else could be going on with your body, as this only happens if there is blood or protein in your urine.
If you are pregnant, congratulations! Now, you want to take a step back and evaluate your lifestyle, as things are going to begin to change drastically at an extremely fast rate. Firstly, take a look at your diet. The most important thing to adjust is your water intake. You should be drinking either a gallon a day, or a half of your body weight in ounces at the current time. This will ensure that both you and the baby are sufficiently hydrated.
In addition to that, everybody’s system functions differently, so of course, follow your doctor’s recommendations and adjust accordingly. As long as you are eating a variety of everything, you should be okay. Here’s an example of a diet you could try to stick to as much as possible while pregnant.
Another resource to help with dieting while pregnant can be seen here: https://pregnancypictures.win/pregnancy-nutrition-7-key-principles-for-the-perfect-meal-plan/
To continue, I know many women struggle with morning sickness in the beginning, so I have some tips here:
Post baby and breastfeeding help here: https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/lactation-boosting-recipes
In addition to a well balanced diet, exercise during pregnancy is crucial to aide with labor pain management, better sleep, increased energy, and can decrease the likelihood you are to experience other complications. A helpful article can be seen here: https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/exercise-during-pregnancy/
Having a baby can be extremely expensive, you don’t know what to expect when it comes to childbirth, your partner may not understand their role, and you are just trying to raise a decent human being in this chaotic world. You may find this article helpful to discuss with your partner or other family members as it gets the difficult topics out in the open. https://momsmartnothard.com/discussion-questions-prepare-relationship/
Couples often also forget that the baby will be here living and breathing in a matter of nine months. Be prepared, don’t forget to pack the hospital bag should you decide to go this route for your delivery. It’s something the majority of couples neglect because they are so focused on the actual baby. Here’s a sample checklist: https://www.mustelausa.com/newborn-baby-hospital-bag-checklist
Now, it’s about eight months later, you’re feeling motivated, maybe you have even started nesting, or reading all the baby books you can get your hands on: let’s fast forward to the fun stuff! It’s a great idea to let the cat out of the bag if you have not done so already. It’s time to plan your gender reveal party, baby shower, and take those maternity photos girl!
Here’s a site to give you some great ideas for your maternity photoshoot. This is truly a once in a lifetime event that you and your partner get to share, so be sure and make the most of it! See this link here to get the creative juices flowing: https://pregnantchicken.com/top-50-maternity-photoshoot-ideas/
Here’s a sample photo that always makes me laugh:
Whether you decide to have a co-ed baby shower or all women, it can still be a ton of fun! Don’t forget to take pictures and make memories. This is also a great opportunity to reveal the gender or name of the baby should you and your partner decide. I personally love to keep the name a secret, and just reveal the gender, but to each their own.
Baby shower/gender reveal party games: https://www.beau-coup.com/baby_shower_games.htm
Let’s talk about hacks to make the rest of your pregnancy bearable and less of a burden for you, your partner, and the loved ones who only want the best for you.
If you haven’t already accepted defeat, it’s time to purchase maternity clothes. The number one goal throughout your pregnancy is comfort after all. If you are having trouble typing your shoes at this stage, that’s what your spouse is for. In case you’re interested, you could also just purchase shoes that have an elastic band, and not use your laced up kicks for a while.
But, what happens if you have just used the restroom for the billionth time in the last half hour? Enter the beauty of a hair tie. Loop the hair tie around the button, then around the button loop hole. The best part is you probably have one on your wrist right now! This will alleviate the need for you to have additional assistance in the restroom. Well, unless you need help getting up.
Did you just drop the soap bar in the shower again? Bring a pair of kitchen thongs with you so that you can have an extra pair of hands. Or, maybe you need to get beautified before you head to the hospital? Check out this razor extender on Amazon, so you can finally shave your legs. https://www.amazon.com/Womans-Extension-Shaver-Handle-Pregnant/dp/B010RAH0WS
Sardines and ice cream? Say what? Midnight snack craving, but you’re stuck at work? No problem, fill an emergency kit with snacks to eat at your utmost desire.
These were the most intriguing pregnancy hacks a few women in my family and friends have used. Check out more here: https://happilyevermom.com/mind-blowing-pregnancy-hacks/
I hope this post was able to alleviate your mind in regards to your pregnancy. Remember, you are never going to be able to relive this chapter in your life, so make the most of it. No matter what happens, don’t let anyone mom-shame you.
Raising the next generation is the most difficult job in the world. Whether you choose to breastfeed, formula feed, stay at home with your kids, or work. We are all just trying to make it.
So, the next time you see a new mom, choose kindness and tell her she is doing a great job. Kindness goes a long way, and if you can turn her frown upside down, you will make her day. I promise her kids are the light of her life. The beginning is just hard, because she feels like her light has been burnt out. It’s our job to bring it back!