Although you’ll most likely turn to your close friends and family members for pregnancy advice to answer all your pressing questions, we rounded up 6 pieces of advice to help guide you over the next 9 months as a first-time mom.
1. Go easy on the maternity clothes
Maternity clothes have come a long way. You don’t have to wear garments resembling curtains anymore. You’ll probably get away with wearing your regular clothes during your first trimester, but once you start to show, don’t break the bank on a new maternity wardrobe shopping spree. Invest in two pairs of comfortable pants and a couple of longer shirts, or invest in a belly band that will allow you to still wear your usual pants (unbuttoned of course) without anyone knowing.
2. Stay away from Dr Google
Stay away from googling all those strange, scary symptoms your colleague told you happened to her sister during her pregnancy. If you’re really concerned, make an appointment with your gynae so he or she can put your mind at ease.
3. Don’t “deal” with symptoms because you think you have to
Some symptoms, including fatigue, nausea, and some aches and pains are part and parcel of pregnancy. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to deal with them in silence. Talk to your doctor about them. Sometimes they can be an indication of a larger issue like low iron or hyperemesis gravidarum.
4. Invest in a body pillow
The body pillow will help you sleep better, which is so important during pregnancy. It allows you to find a comfortable spot while your growing belly gets larger and your active baby won’t stop kicking.
5. Don’t obsess over weight gain
It’s going to happen, so don’t stress too much about it. While you shouldn’t over-indulge and go crazy on the ice cream and choccies, you don’t have to count the calories. Chat to your doctor and discuss what normal weight gain for you should be during your pregnancy.
6. Exercise is actually good advice
Don’t go jumping into a rigorous routine without your doctor’s approval, but if he gives the OK, see how you can fit exercise into your daily routine. It will help combat fatigue and slow down pregnancy weight gain if you’re worried about that. Exercising will also help a great deal when it’s time to delivery your baby.
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