Pregnant with baby number one? I see the look on your face! I understand the deep amount of excitement followed by the small amount of fear of raising a human being. I see you staring at your stomach in the mirror (don’t worry soon you will eventually look pregnant). First, you will go through the awkward stage (we all do). The,”is she pregnant or did she just eat too many cupcakes” stage. The good news is that this phase passes quickly and after its over, you will definitely be rocking a baby bump.
I know you are probably rushing to google EVERYTHING you need to know and trying to figure out what you can and can’t eat. What you can and can’t drink. What you can and can’t take. Just breathe! Soon you will get the hang of it and it does become less overwhelming…I know, I didn’t think that was possible either.
I know soon you will stare at the scale. Stop. Walk away. You are growing a baby. I know it’s hard sometimes. For me this was one of the hardest parts and many times it was flat out depressing so I completely weighing myself at home. Take it from me, I scheduled by appointments in the mornings so I would weigh less, then I realized if I was still taking care of myself and my growing baby, the number on the scale really didn’t matter in the end.
Now, just a small warning, at some point someone will probably say something like “Wow! you are really showing!” And you may want to yell, “I am carrying a human being! Of course I am showing!” If you cry, it’s ok…just blame your hormones, (not that I know anything about that)!
Here is a short list of 6 things that helped me keep my sanity during pregnancy:
1. Stay active as much as you can! Trust me even just walking will make you feel so much better.
2. Make up – I have mentioned this in a previous post but when your clothes aren’t really fitting and buying bigger clothes is not fun anymore, buying new make up always seems to add a little sunshine.
3. Good friends – it’s so important to have your people! Friends, family, mommy groups, whatever it might be you will need your crew through pregnancy and definitely afterwards.
4. Pizza – it won’t kill you and whatever your “pizza” might be, everything in moderation! From 3-6 months pizza never tasted so good so I let myself have a slice once a week..and I stopped feeling guilting about it.
5. Keeping things in perspective. There are so many women out there that would love to be in your place. There will be good days and bad days like any stage in life but try to enjoy this time only you have the opportunity to really bond with your baby right now.
6. Praying for yourself and your baby. When “reality” would hit that eventually my baby would have to go to school where people are not always nice, and the fact that I will not be able to protect him forever, I would push those words out and fill them with prayer. I would pray for guidance as a parent and for the person my little boy would become.
Newly pregnant momma keep your head up! I am so excited for you and this amazing new adventure. I am new to this mom situation myself and you are not alone. You will figure this out. Don’t forget to take time for yourself and don’t forget to take bump pictures…you don’t have to share them and towards the end of pregnancy you will probably be over it, but just do it, you will look back and be happy you did!