I’m currently pregnant with my fifth baby. Yeah, I know. And having done this four times before, I have learned a few things about being pregnant along the way. That’s why this time around, I have discovered five things that I no longer do during pregnancy that have made a big difference in my overall health and happiness. Check it out. See if these tips can help you too.
Although being pregnant is one of the most wonderful and life-changing experiences, it can also have its challenges. That’s why there are a few habits that I have changed to make the entire process a little bit easier.
#5: Spending hundreds of dollars on baby gear
From monitors to cribs to strollers, baby gear can get pretty pricey. And after having four babies already, I’m not about to spend hundreds more on items that I will just give to goodwill a year from now. There’s no shame in buying a rocking chair or bouncer second hand from a garage sale. Or graciously accepting your neighbor’s gently used high chair instead of spending $200 on a new one at Target.
#4: Googling everything
I read, “What to expect when you’re expecting” during my first pregnancy. And while very informative, pregnancy and parenting self-help books and online forums can really stress out an expectant mother. They tend to over-complicate and overwhelm instead of inform and instruct. So before you rush to your internet search browser, try asking your doctor first. Keep it simple.
#3: Counting calories
Every expectant mother worries about gaining too much weight. But counting your calories and obsessing over every extra pound will only stress you out. Yes, of course you’re going to gain weight, you’re supposed to! Just try to eat healthy and forget the rest. Although it seems like your body will never be the same, you’ll be surprised how fast you bounce back after you have your baby.
#2: Making exercise excuses
Aside from contact sports, skiing and rock climbing, you can basically continue all of the other exercises that you enjoyed before you were pregnant. That’s right. Running, swimming, weight-lifting, aerobics, kick boxing and cross fit. Since becoming pregnant, I have tried to workout at least 3-4 days per week consistently and it has made all the difference. I can honestly say that even at 38 years old, my fifth pregnancy has been my best because of it.
#1: Ignoring my intuition
If something doesn’t feel right, speak up! You are the one who is pregnant, not your doctor. This is particularly applicable during your delivery. These nurses and doctors deliver babies every day. Although it may seem like another day at work for them, it’s definitely new to you. Ask questions, voice your concerns and stand up for yourself when something doesn’t seem right. I remember leaving the hospital after my first baby feeling very unsure about breastfeeding. It was so difficult for me but I didn’t want to bother the nurses. But that’s why they are there, to help you.
I hope some of these tips will help you during the next nine months. Although being pregnant definitely has its challenges, the rewards (obviously) are worth it. Congrats on your bundle of joy!
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