I thought it would be a good idea to share some of things I’ve learnt over the last 9 months of pregnancy!
I’ve got a feeling I’ll be adding to these over my final month before baby arrives.
Take a look & feel free to comment any additional suggestions, agreements or amendments you think would help!
You’ll see some strange times of day you never thought you’d see until baby arrives. (I started writing this list at 4am one morning when I couldn’t sleep!)
Pregnancy symptoms are like playing bingo. No pregnancy is the same & the symptoms can arrive at completely different times!
Don’t compare yourself to other people. Yes your bump may be bigger or smaller than someone else’s, but don’t stress about it! It really doesn’t matter. (I still struggle with this one everyday!)
Actually listen to your midwife & book in those antenatal classes early. They do genuinely get booked up sooner than you’d think.
Some of the advice you get given you won’t agree with, but one that I do agree with is making sure you take time for you & your partner before baby arrives. There are so many things you take for granted that you won’t be able to do in a few months time.
Invest in a decent pregnancy pillow! It might sound fairly easy to get as much sleep as you can before baby arrives but the biggest challenge is getting comfortable. It’s recommended after 24 weeks to not sleep on your back but to sleep on your side, preferably your left. Sounds easy but using a variety of pillows helps the further along you get.
Even if you’ve never been a back sleep sleeper before, you’ll miss it because you can’t do it!
Don’t stop exercising because you find out you’re pregnant! You can do the same amount of exercise you did before with modifications the further along you get. If you’re like me & panic you stop, and then miss it when it becomes too late to start again when you’re further along
Pregnancy yoga is awesome! It’s great time to take for you & baby. Not only do you get to stretch out to remove any aches & pains you have, you learn some handy breathing exercises & meet other mums to be along the way!
Announcements- don’t rush to tell everyone as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Wait until the time feels right for you.
Ginger biscuits & ginger tea are a god send when you feel nauseous.
I found listening to podcasts, reading blogs & books not just about pregnancy but parenting really helpful. Again, just take them with a pinch of salt.
Hospital bag- start prepping what you want to take with you at about 25 weeks. It will take a while to decide what you’ll need & you’ll pack/unpack more than you realise
Leave your baby notes in the car for emergencies.
If you are worried about reduced movement or any other symptoms you have. Really don’t hesitate when calling the triage unit at your hospital. You may feel silly, but they really don’t mind calling to check. What’s the worst that can happen?
Keep some heartburn medication on your bedside table for those middle of the night episodes so you aren’t wondering around the house in the dark!
Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to share any additional tips in the comments ☺️