Updated: Apr 20
Pregnancy is by far a wonderful experience for every woman who has had the opportunity to go through this journey.
However getting to experience the good, the raw, and sometimes the not no pleasant side of pregnancy is actually one of the biggest milestones that any woman can face in their lifetime.
Being pregnant can be compared to an adrenaline rush of emotions. Whether it‘s a time of fear coupled with excitement or a time of not knowing what to expect at each transition through the journey. Everyone however reacts to being pregnant differently.
When I got pregnant for the first time, I was super excited but also fearful. The questions I personally wrestled with were whether or not I would be a good mom, whether or not I would make it through the 9 months with a healthy baby, and what the birthing experience would be like for me.
I started out on a mission to explore and to know everything I could about being pregnant. I wanted everything to be perfect in my own world.
I also at the same time wanted to be the typical "superhero" mom and try the natural no hospital approach to being pregnant (that didn't go so well). Kudos to the natural birth mommas out there. I have absolutely no idea how you did it.
For the ones who are getting ready for this magical journey, here are 10 things I wished I knew before becoming pregnant.
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“Do not stress the small stuff and live each moment in the memory of being pregnant. It is breathtaking!"
LEARN TO RELAX
You confirmed your pregnancy with the doctor and the ball started rolling in your court. You are ready to plan your pregnancy to the "T". Every baby store is so attractive. The cute clothes, toys, and furniture are so adorable and you can‘t wait to get them all for your firstborn.
As much as this time is exciting, I urge you to not worry too much about the stuff but live and enjoy the memories of being pregnant and the changes that are occurring in your body. As moms, we get so busy trying to prepare ourselves for the arrival of our newborn that we can become super stressed out. Relax and try to enjoy this time. It goes by so fast.
Also do not fear not being ready. I did not think I was ready at all for my first child because of my hectic work schedule, however, I was still ready with just the basics for the birthing process and the newborn phase.
Whatever I really thought I needed, I got them after the baby arrived. That also saved me from having a ton of unnecessary baby stuff that may end up in storage.
If you need more information on how to reduce stress while being pregnant, visit my blog post on A mom in need of a timeout.
Put your health and well-being first and foremost. As a mom, make sure that your health is optimal during this time. Ensure that your eating properly by including a wide variety of healthy foods that can benefit your child's growth progress.