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10 Pregnancy Tips for First Time Moms

by | November 27, 2018

Seeing that first positive pregnancy test can bring on a roller coaster of emotions There are many scary unknowns and exciting things you’re undoubtedly excited about as you journey through pregnancy and begin your new chapter as a Mama. Read further for some useful tips for first time moms

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You’ll probably ask the advice of your closest friends who’ve been pregnant before and buy a ton of pregnancy books. Here are 10 pieces of advice to help guide first time moms through the next nine months.

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Some useful tips for first time moms

1. You don’t need a ton of maternity clothes

You’ll probably be able to wear your regular clothes for the first trimester, but once you start to show, don’t go rushing to the store to spend all your money right away.

Instead, opt for a pair or two of pants (or use a belly band that allows you to rock the unbuttoned pants look without anyone knowing) and some longer shirts. By the time you’re in the third trimester, you’ll probably need to go back to the maternity store to get larger sizes. Buying in stages helps save you money and keep you comfortable throughout the whole pregnancy.

2. Stay off Google

There are pregnancy scare stories all over the place. People love to tell you about their neighbor’s sister’s cousin who had that one-in-one million random thing happen to them but don’t listen. Stay away from Googling all those strange symptoms that are normal when you’re pregnant and take your concerns right to your healthcare provider, who can answer all your questions and help calm your anxiety. First time moms should definitely avoid googling for pregnancy stories. Whenever in doubt, ask your health care provider, not Google!

3. Tell your close girlfriends early.

You’ve heard the “rule” that advises you to keep your pregnancy a secret until twelve weeks — just in case a miscarriage happens — ignore that.

Tell your close girlfriends — the ones who you know will be there for you if something does happen — that you’re pregnant. It’s ok to celebrate this awesome news, and it can be hard to keep a secret when you’re so excited.

4. Don’t just “deal with it”.

Some symptoms are expected with pregnancy, including fatigue, nausea, and some aches and pains. But just because you’re pregnant, it doesn’t mean you need to deal with those symptoms in silence. Sometimes, they can be an indication of a medical issue and talking with your healthcare provider can offer you relief.

5. Buy a body pillow.

The body pillow will help you sleep, which is so important when you’re growing a baby. It allows you to find a comfortable spot while your growing belly gets larger and your active baby won’t stop kicking. Body pillow has helped several first time moms to sleep comfortably. 

6. Find a healthcare provider who makes you feel comfortable

Your healthcare provider for your pregnancy should make you feel comfortable. If you feel judged, unheard, unsupported, misunderstood, and like you don’t matter, find someone else.

7. Don’t obsess about weight gain

It’s going to happen, and it needs to happen, so don’t lose sleep over it. Although pregnancy isn’t a free-for-all at the donut shop, you don’t need to count your calories and worry about every single pound. Talk to your healthcare provider about what your healthy weight gain goal should be.

8. Exercise.

If you didn’t exercise before pregnancy, don’t go joining a CrossFit class without talking with your doctor. But if your doctor gives you the “OK,” it’s actually great to get a little daily exercise. Exercising throughout your pregnancy will help a lot when it comes to labor and delivery.

9. Trust your instincts

Yes, you’re going to be a first-time mom, but don’t let anyone use that as an excuse not to take you or your concerns seriously. If your gut instinct is telling you something, listen to it, and speak with your healthcare provider.

10. You make the decisions

You are the ULTIMATE decision maker when it comes to the actions you take right now for carrying your baby, and later for birthing your baby. Start thinking about what you want in your birth plan.

Try to enjoy it as much as you can. Savor the kicks, hick-ups and belly rubs.

All first time moms who are reading this, let us know about your journey so far in the comments below. 

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Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, USA | Contactable via Julie@raisevegan.com

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