You get the news that a baby is coming in the coming months. You know that there are many things to take care of before then, but what? You can never start preparing too early. Here, you will find a list of things you can do right from the start to get things ready for your next nine months and your baby.
You will be needing maternity clothing. There are not many women that enjoy shopping for this style of clothes. It can be expensive and oftentimes, the style is nothing to get excited about. If you begin buying a few pieces of maternity clothing here and there from the beginning, it will not hit you so hard when the time comes that you need them.
Writing a journal of your daily activities, feelings and level of wellness can help you get through the tough days. It can also help you discuss problems you may be having with your doctor. A journal could also be something that you put away as a keepsake and reflect on years down the road when your child is expecting his or her first.
Take photos of your belly. Before you know it, you are going to have a beautiful, round baby bump. Taking bi-weekly pictures will help you realize just how much you are growing. You will get a kick out of these pictures in future months!
Find other expecting mothers to converse with. Nobody will be able to sympathize with what you are going through on your bad days and celebrate with you at each milestone like another expecting mother. Joining online forums could be just what you need.
Set aside time to relax. You are going to need it. Sure, there are many things that need to be done and you likely have other people in your life that you are caring for, but you need to take care of you and your baby first. Sit down, put your feet up and pop in a DVD.
As bad as it may sound, you are going to gain weight. You need to gain weight for a healthy baby. Monitoring your weight each week will help you and your doctor determine if you need to adjust your diet and exercise routine. There could be problems if you are not gaining enough or gaining too much.
Visit your doctor regularly. During the first and second trimesters, you will only have a regular appointment once a month with some scheduled tests and procedures between. It is important that you keep these appointments so your doctor can monitor your progress, measure your belly and listen to the baby’s heartbeat.
A healthy diet and regular exercise routine is very important. If you do not eat right and you do not stay active, you are likely going to put on too much weight or not provide the baby with the nutrients she needs to grow. If you think you are too tired to exercise, try to remind yourself that being active now will help you when the time comes to deliver the baby.
Many women do not enjoy the time they spend being pregnant. The first few months can be especially trying, but working to do the things on this list will help keep your mind busy and your body comfortable and healthy.