Finding out you’re going to have a baby is a phenomenal experience, but incredibly overwhelming too. When it’s your first time, you need to have a plan that reassures you and allows you to enjoy the next amazing nine months of your life.
This surely is a most wonderful time in a woman’s life, and joining the league of mothers means you’re in for many changes. Savor this time by making a scrap book, getting photos to share of yourself as your belly takes form and write about everything in a journal. These emotional outlets will help you manage the overwhelming changes that are going on in your life, as well as give you lasting keepsakes.
Keep Every Appointment With Your Doctor
Although nine months may feel like a long time, things can happen quickly. You need to attend your regular check-ups no matter how tedious they may seem. Keep every appointment, and call them whenever a situation or question arises about you or the baby. The staff at your doctor’s office will be quite accustom to doting on expectant mothers, so you won’t be out of place or troubling anyone. It’s vital that you stay on top of every development and follow advice with lifestyle changes, fitness, nutrition and more.
Don’t Really “Eat For Two”
This misnomer has withstood centuries of contradiction from medical professionals. Unfortunately, it’s hard to resist the cravings of pregnancy! Within limits though, you can enjoy the strange sensations and indulge yourself occasionally. However, doctors recommend that you calculate your calories and make each one of them count. Rather than literally doubling the amount of food you eat, enjoy a little extra low-fat cheese or yogurt with lunch. Have a larger portion of vegetables with dinner, and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water all the time. While your baby does need nutritional attention while in the womb, neither of you needs the consequences that come from splurging for nine months!
Maintain A Moderate Fitness Regimen
Ask your physician for specifics, especially if there are any special circumstances surrounding your health or the well-being of your baby. You should get the green light to exercise within moderation, and be encouraged to do so on an almost daily basis. Staying active can help you avoid putting too much weight on, and it’s also good for your psyche. Take short walks or cool swims. Keep yourself fit and you’re more likely to have a smooth delivery too! Not to mention the fact that once your baby is born, walking around with the stroller will be a frequent occurrence, so you need to be ready for it.
Start Planning During Pregnancy
You really won’t have the time or the energy to decorate the nursery or organize your life after your baby is born. Take advantage of the first few months of pregnancy, by making a list of everything you need to get done around the house and in your life, and actually do it. Stock up on different items that will make your life easier after delivery, and contact people who will work with you for the first few months. Taking care of a newborn should really be a team effort, no matter how capable or independent you are–ask for help from trusted sources, and assign them different duties.
Take Your Vitamins Every Day
Folic acid is an essential part of your baby’s developing health, and you’ll find it in your daily pregnancy vitamins. Also, you need the extra nutrients that your vitamins supply, because your body has such an exhaustive work load right now. Talk with your doctor about any special circumstances that may apply, but be vigilant about taking your daily.
Navigating your way through life while pregnant for the first time surely is overwhelming, but such an exciting and precious experience! Have a plan for optimum health, and savor every moment.