If you have ever been pregnant, you know the first thing that tends to come after “congratulations”, is pregnancy and parenting advice. The people who come at us with this advice mean well and truly think they are doing us a favor, but you need to know what advice is a myth and what advice holds true?
When it comes to being pregnant, you are the star of the show. You are getting all the attention, all the questions, all the gifts, all the advice (oh the advice), and your significant other often gets left in the dark. Sometimes, it is like they are all but forgotten. I mean let’s face it, you are the one growing that baby.
I lay in bed, my mind is racing. It was a long day and I am exhausted, but I cannot settle down. “Take a warm bath.” “Try this lavender essential oil roller.”
“It is totally normal, you just had a baby.”
Somewhere my thoughts go awry and yet I cannot stop it.
So, you just had a baby. You are sore, swollen, and have all kinds of fluids leaking from various places. And somehow, you still look pregnant. Allow yourself grace and time to recover. In the meantime, let’s discuss your physical self in these early postpartum days and what you can do to support your body in it’s recovery.
Finding out about your pregnancy is exciting! Most women will confirm the pregnancy and have a “dating” ultrasound in the first trimester. At this time, you may find out that – SURPRISE – you are expecting twins!
As you eagerly await your baby’s arrival into this world, a lot of emotions may occur: joy, anticipation, nervousness, stress, excitement, etc. These emotions grow even stronger as your due date draws closer!
The first and second trimesters often fly by and you quickly find yourself 7 months pregnant with a huge to-do list. All of a sudden it becomes “real” that you will soon hold your little one in your arms and you may feel overwhelmed or not ready at all.
Congratulations, you are officially halfway through your pregnancy! This month you will have your anatomy scan, which is an ultrasound that allows your provider to look at each of the major body structures of your baby.
You have officially made it to the second trimester of pregnancy! Congratulations! Your morning sickness is likely starting to subside, your energy is returning, and you may be finally getting the hints of a baby bump instead of just bloating that makes it look like you ate too many tacos for lunch.