Pregnancy can be so overwhelming! But in truth, you can keep it simple! This is my fifth time around, so here are my nine tips for a happy nine months...
1. Find Prenatal Care You Trust
I once asked an OB why she had chosen obstetrics. Her answer: "Men are terrible patients. Women carrying babies will do anything they are told."
Yeah... I'm one of the weirdos who likes to think for herself and make informed decisions (call me crazy). I pretty much ran out of there and never went back.
We all have different comfort levels. Finding a doctor or midwife that you are comfortable with is essential. Yes, you have to work within your limitations and insurance, but God can do amazing things. Ask around. Talk to other mamas. Pray. Interview them. It is not a waste of time! Keep searching until you find someone you can trust.
2. Clean Out Your Closet
You will be much happier if every look into your closet does not remind you of all the things you can't wear anymore! Get a box or bin, label it "Skinny Mama," put in whatever you can, and put that thing away.
3. Start with Comfortable Undies
4. Find Clothes You Love
5. Drink Clear to Think Clear
Your brain and body work better when you are hydrated. During pregnancy it's especially important! Water is wonderful and red raspberry leaf tea strengthens your womb! Drink up!
6. Repeat After Me: Just Say No-Tifications
Pregnancy leaves a mama feeling SO scatterbrained. Your brain is full of baby thoughts and decisions, and it is so easy to get distracted. Your kids are constantly interrupting your train of thought, and let's face it: so is your phone.
I recently turned off all the notifications on my phone, and I couldn't believe the difference that made! I had no idea how often my phone was interrupting me to let me know I had an email until I told it to shush!
Try it for 24 hours, I dare you! You can always turn the notifications back on if you can't stand the lack of interruption.
7. Don't Try to Run On Empty
8. Don't Forget the Kids You Already Have!
A baby doesn't have to divide your family. With intention, a baby can draw your family closer together.
Encourage your other kids to look forward to the baby:
9. Find A Baby Registry That Makes Life Easier
The way we relate to people has changed so much! If your friends and family are scattered all over, I recommend using the Amazon Baby Registry. You don't have to worry if the store you registered with exists where everyone lives. No one has to find a registry machine and print out a list and wander around looking for stuff.
With Amazon's Baby Registry, you can share the link to your registry online, and then your friends and family just click and purchase. You can even add things from other sites and earn things like free diapers!
What About You?
Well these are the things that I thrive on during pregnancy, but what about you? What one thing would you tell an expecting mama she should never be without? Leave a comment!
Anna Travis is just a girl doing her best to live out her faith in every sweet and messy moment life throws at her. She loves encouraging other women and their kids to thrive at home, love others, and serve their King.