Whilst being pregnant is an incredibly exciting journey for anyone, for first-time moms it can also be a scary experience. There will so much you have to learn in just nine short months and thankfully, you’ll have some incredible support along the way – whether it be from family, friends or your nurse.
Ensuring you have a happy and healthy pregnancy will be your main priority, so I have put together 13 tips to ensure you have an amazing first pregnancy:
Educate Yourself On Everything You Need To Know
There is a lot to learn about pregnancy, giving birth and motherhood so using the time you have before your new arrival arrives to learn the ins and outs is a great idea. Whilst you don’t need to go overboard and read absolutely every single book out there, having a gist of what to expect will help you feel much calmer and happier during your pregnancy.
Ask For Advice If Needed
Although you may feel as though this is something you need to do on your own, it’s important to understand that it’s okay to ask for help. Whether you need to ask someone with experience a simple question about birth, or you’re worried something might not be right – seeking advice is perfectly normal among new mums.
Take Prenatal Vitamins
Taking prenatal vitamins is a good way to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy. Please note, if you have been through fertility treatment or treatment for fertility after cancer it’s best to speak to your doctor about what vitamins are best.
Relax When You Can
Nine months seems like a long time but it will absolutely fly by, meaning its important to get your rest in while you can. There will be lots to do in order to prepare for your arrival during this time, but try not to work yourself too hard as you could end up suffering from burnout.
Eat A Healthy Diet, But Give In To Cravings
A healthy diet whilst you’re pregnant is incredibly important when it comes to having a happy and healthy pregnancy. Make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need, but don’t feel guilty when you give in to your cravings.
Remember To Exercise
Throughout your pregnancy, it is essential that you continue to exercise as not only does it release endorphins, but it means you’re keeping on top of your fitness levels for those nine months. If you’re worried about what exercise you can do at different stages of your pregnancy, make sure you get your doctors advice beforehand.
Track Your Weight Gain
Tracking your weight gain is not a necessity during pregnancy, but it is a good way to ensure that you don’t gain too much during the nine months. Once you have given birth it can be incredibly hard to shift those extra pounds, so the less of them there are the easier it will be.
Practice Self Care
Self-care is extremely important during pregnancy as your hormones will be running wild. Taking the time out to look after yourself will help you feel calm and happy during moments of stress. Whether it’s taking a hot bath, spending the night with a good book or going for a long walk – do whatever you have to do to make you feel happy.
Surround Yourself With Positive People
Pregnancy can be a hard thing to experience so surrounding yourself with positive people will definitely help you feel at ease, especially if it’s someone who has been through it all before and can assure you everything is going to be okay.
Know When To Call The Doctor
Some people call their doctor whenever there is something they are unsure about, however, it’s not always necessary. When you notice that something is seriously wrong, calling the doctor is your best option – knowing when to do this can save you from some extremely stressful situations.
Write A Birth Plan
Although you don’t have to have a birth plan, it’s a great way to be prepared for the big day. Basically, a birth plan is a document that you put together to hand out to absolutely everyone who will be involved with your babies delivery – whether it’s your partner, your mother or your midwife. It will detail things that you would like to happen during your delivery, including the location, the method and whether or not you would like gas and air.
Getting this out the way during the early stages of your pregnancy will make you feel much calmer about giving birth when it is time for the arrival of your little one.
Prioritorise The Important Things
During pregnancy, there will be lots of things that you would like to get done, but in reality, this can’t always happen. During the early stages of your pregnancy write down absolutely everything, then prioritize the most important things first. Remember, the most important priority should be looking after yours and your baby’s health – so that should come above all else.
Create Lots Of Incredible Memories
Your pregnancy is going to be one of the most difficult and most incredible things you experience, and something you’re going to want to remember for the rest of your life. Create a memory book that allows you to keep track of all of the important milestones including taking your pregnancy test, telling your partner, seeing your baby for the first time, announcing your news to the world and feeling them kick for the first time. In years to come, you will love looking back through your memory book, reminding you exactly how you felt at these exact moments.
Remember, above all else connecting with and having a relationship with your baby whilst your pregnant is an incredible and magical experience – one you don’t want to forget in a hurry.
Did I miss any tips? Let me know your best advice for a happy and healthy pregnancy in the comment section below.