I have always wanted to be a mom. Even as a little girl when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I would always say, “a mom!” I have my own mother to thank for that. She made it look easy, made it look fun, and I could not think of anything better than being just like her. When I first found out I was pregnant I was incredibly excited then the panic started to set it. Can I do this? What do I do? Where do I start? It was over whelming. I searched online for honest first steps I should be taking and it was all
1. Hydrate. There are so many benefits to drinking water while pregnant. During the first trimester most women experience low energy and tiredness as their body is rapidly changing and adjusting. The risk of dehydration is serious and can also greatly contribute to fatigue and exhaustion. Drinking the recommended 10-12 glasses of water a day is a great way to combat this. If you’re beginning to experience some nausea or morning sickness staying hydrating is so important. Pregnant women are also more prone to urinary tract infections. Drinking high volumes of water reduces the risk of infection.
2. Prenatal Vitamins. It is never too early to start putting all the good stuff you and your baby need to grow into your body. To me this was the easiest most proactive first step to take. Most prenatal vitamins are available over the counter or on amazon. I often have a difficult time taking vitamins but I found a brand that has been really easy on my body and I have used it throughout my pregnancy. The brand I am using is Rainbow Light Prenatal Vitamins. It has been great and is also vegetarian and gluten free!
3. Book a doctors appointment. You don’t have to stress about finding a specific doctor or choosing a delivery hospital yet. You will have plenty of time to research and weigh those options. For now scheduling a visit with your primary doctor is a good way to get started. The doctor will be able to help you determine a due date, give you some guidelines and expectations and talk through how pregnancy might effect you on a more personal level given your current health condition and lifestyle.
4. Pregnancy App. I initially did not want to give into a pregnancy app. I was researching and reading books and didn’t feel like I would need an app. Oh, how wrong I was! I check my two apps daily. They contain a wealth of information, articles, and forums. The two apps I have loved the most are The Bump and OviaPregnancy. Both apps update with what I should be expecting each week and give me an accurate count down to baby day! Also, I have to admit it is adorable to know what size fruit or vegetable your baby is each week.
5. Cut out dangerous habits. It doesn’t take long to discover there are a lot of different opinions on what you can or cannot do while pregnant. Though the one thing most people tend to agree on is the healthier mom is the healthier the baby will be. Alcohol, smoking medications, certain foods and even too much caffeine can be dangerous during pregnancy. My husband bought me a book I highly recommend called Debunking the Bump. It focuses data that explores high vs low risk behaviour instead of telling you what you can or cannot do.
6. Be Patient/Gracious with yourself. Your body is going through a ton of changes. Your hormones are all over the place and it can all be very overwhelming. It is okay not to have it all figured out yet. Baby names, the nursery, your birth plan it can wait. Use this time to focus on you! Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, and pay attention to your body. You have an exciting road ahead!