Top 10 Things You Should Know when You are Pregnant!
There are so many things to think about - here are our top 10!
It is the most exciting news to find out that there is a little baby growing inside of your tummy!
Now that you are full of excitement and anticipation, what should you know now that you are pregnant? What are you not allowed to eat? What kind of maternity bra should you be looking for? Should you take your time to get good maternity clothes and where from? When should you have your Baby Shower? Is there a prime time?
Here are 10 helpful insights for you to know when you are pregnant!
1. What you are not allowed to consume!
Now you are pregnant - Congratulations - it's time to work out what you are not allowed to eat!
Here is a "quick" guide to what you should not consume while pregnant:
Raw or undercooked egg
Limit high in mercury fish
Unpasteurised dairy products
Processed, raw or undercooked meat
Pates and meat spreads
Pre-cooked or pre-prepared foods such as salads that are not re-cooked
Unfortunately there is no answer to what symptoms you are going to get - there is only a list of possible symptoms, and even then, symptoms vary in intensity and length of time!
For example, my worst symptom was constant migraines for 7 weeks straight. Nothing I read or heard about could have possibly prepared me for the constant pain I endured whilst working!
Some of you might have hardly any symptoms, while others have many.
Even from one pregnancy to the next, you can have varying degrees of pain and different symptoms. Thanks to our fellow mum, Michelle, she has opened up and shared with us her three very different pregnancies.
Here are the most common early pregnancy symptoms - first trimester:
Headaches and back pain
Dizziness and fainting
Nausea and vomiting
Food cravings or food aversions
3. Get yourself Good Maternity Bras!
I say bras - plural - because you will be going through many changes from early pregnancy to post birth (and one year post birth) and one type of bra and size might not support you through that entire journey!
So why do I think it is important for you to invest in some good bras? It is simple, you want to avoid getting saggy breasts or also known as Breast Ptosis.
You want to buy bras that you can wear 24/7. Or at least one you can wear during the day and one you can wear at night. Whether that is a sports bra, wire free or a bra with underwire, you want to buy a bra that fits perfectly and that supports your breasts. Not too tight and not too loose.
When you are first breastfeeding you might want to wear a bra that is inserted into a singlet for more privacy. Some you can wear before and after birth.
4. Pick Your Maternity Clothes and Post Pregnancy Clothes Carefully!
You are going to be wearing pregnancy clothes (or clothes you find comfortable) for a long time. I remember getting very over wearing the same or similar clothing all the time - especially if you are on a budget!
So when picking maternity clothing, consider clothing that you will like for the entire pregnancy and post! Consider what the weather will be like and how big you will be!
Here are some great online maternity clothing shops I have found:
Be aware of what exercises are good for you and ones that can cause permanent damage!
Work on your Pelvic Floor - learn the exercises you can do to strength this muscle ready for pregnancy, birth and post!
Do at least 30 minutes of exercise per day for most days of the week.
Better Healthy has an excellent guide for what you should be doing, what you shouldn't be doing and things to be aware of when exercising!
6. Have Your Baby Shower before Week 32
Organise someone to be your Babymaid! Then ask them to organise for Week 32 or before.
While some women find getting to their Week 32 a breeze others start to really feel exhausted, uncomfortable, and are less focused. We want you to really enjoy your Baby Shower, so get your Babymaid to organise it for when you have the most energy (we hope!).
Another benefit for having a Baby Shower by Week 32 is you will have time to still get what you are missing! Don't buy everything before the Baby Shower, because someone else might gift it to you! Here is a Preparing for a Baby Checklist to help you feel confident that you are prepared!
7. Pack Your Hospital Bags by Week 34
Pack everything that you need for your hospital trip by Week 34. 11.4 percent of pregnancies are early deliveries. So let's make sure you are prepared early too! Just in case!
Make sure you have a hospital bag packed for your baby, for you and for your husband (if he is staying with you!).
8. Have Your Nursery Ready by Week 35
So you have had your Baby Shower and you have packed your Hospital Bags! Now it is time to make sure everything is ready in your baby room!
Have books about both breastfeeding and sleep ready to re-read.
Know possible things that can go wrong in the first six weeks, such as jaundice, gas in babies, tongue and lip ties and more.
It is best to be prepared so that you are ready to tackle what ever comes your way. And if breastfeeding comes easily to you and your baby is an excellent sleeper, you have won the jackpot! Perhaps don't brag too much amongst your fellow mums!
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