Although being pregnant with your first child is one of the most exciting journeys you will ever make, it’s also one of the most stressful. With so many important things to consider during those all-important nine months, you need to ensure you’re as prepared as it can be when it comes to your first pregnancy. Luckily, there are lots of tips and tricks to ensure you enjoy each and every moment. From getting as much rest as you can to finding comfortable clothes, the more prepared you are the better. With that in mind, here are 14 tips and tricks for your first pregnancy:
– Make Sure You’re Getting As Much Rest As You Can
One of the most important things you can do when it comes to your first pregnancy is to ensure you’re getting as much rest as you possibly can. Although you may not always want to rest, you need to recognize when your body is tired and when you need to take a breather. Whether that means going to bed a little earlier than normal or taking a nap halfway through the day, rest is absolutely essential. Whilst you may feel guilty at first, you’ll soon start to realize that you need to do what is best for your upcoming new arrival.
If you find it hard to find the time to relax, you may want to consider cutting a number of things out of your schedule for the time being.
– Eat A Healthy And Balanced Diet (But Don’t Worry About It Too Much!)
Another great tip when it comes to your first pregnancy is ensuring you’re eating a healthy and balanced diet. Although some people believe this means you need to stick to a strict calorie-controlled diet, it’s much better to be relaxed about it.
You’re going to be worrying about lots of other things during your pregnancy and in all honesty, your diet shouldn’t be one of them. As long as you’re eating lots of fruit and vegetables and you’re getting the nutrients you need, your little one is going to be as happy and healthy as you are. You need to deny yourself treats and if you want to eat a whole tub of ice cream whilst watching your favorite musical, that is absolutely okay.
For tips and tricks when it comes to a healthy diet during pregnancy, you can visit this handy guide here.
– Exercise As Much As You Possibly Can
Alongside your healthy diet, you need to ensure you’re getting as much exercise as you possibly can. Although it is important to rest when you need to, you don’t want to spend the majority of your pregnancy taking it slow. Whether you go out for a run or you try out prenatal yoga, there are so many incredible ways to ensure you’re still getting the exercise you need whilst pregnant. As soon as you start to notice you’re struggling to do day-to-day activities, that’s when you can take a little break.
– Make Sure You’re Finding Clothes That Make You Feel Comfortable
Another great tip to remember for your first pregnancy is that you need to find clothes that make you feel comfortable. Whether that means spending every day in a pair of leggings or it means wearing floaty dresses that give you lots of space to breathe, you need to ensure you’re doing everything you can to make your day-to-day life comfortable. Although you don’t always need to shop in the maternity section, they’re great when it comes to jeans and other hard-to-find options.
– Find Comfortable Shoes To Walk In
Speaking of being comfortable, you also need to ensure you find shoes that are going to be comfortable to walk in. Although it doesn’t happen to everyone, there is often a chance that your feet are going to swell during pregnancy and if they do, you may not be able to fit into the shoes you’re used to wearing. The best thing to do is find a pair of shoes you know you’re going to find comfortable and then buy them in a couple of sizes. They can be something cheap and cheerful, meaning you can wear whichever pair fits best without having to worry about spending lots of money every time your feet change size slightly. For a guide to comfortable shoes for pregnancy, you can visit this site here.
– See A Specialist If You Think You Need Additional Support
If you’re worried about your health or you feel as though you’re struggling, you may want to see a specialist. Whether this means booking an appointment with a physiotherapist or researching chiropractic care during pregnancy, you need to put your health first. IF you’re unsure of the best type of treatment to seek out, you may want to speak to your midwife first. They will be able to assess whether or not you need further treatment and if not, they’ll be able to offer their own personal home remedies. If you still think you need additional support, it may be worth speaking to friends and family who may have gone through something similar.
– Start Buying The Essentials As Soon As You Possibly Can
Although it may feel as though it’s too early, you need to start buying the essentials as soon as you possibly can, starting with maternity clothes. As your belly grows, you’ll probably find your current clothes getting tighter by the minute. Invest in light yet stylish clothing. Make sure that your outfit properly supports your stomach too. Pregnancy also causes your leg and feet to swell. You may use fashionable and comfortable compression garments to ease the swelling and pain.
Nine months will go much quicker than you expect and with so many important things to buy, the sooner you start buying it the better. The best thing to do, of course, is write down a list of everything you’re going to need, crossing it off once you’ve purchased it. If you have friends and family that want to help, you can create your list on Amazon and ask them to purchase bits one by one. If you’re having a baby shower, they can also purchase your gifts using the same list as once someone has brought something, it will disappear.
– Go To Prenatal Classes Every Week
Whilst this isn’t necessary, it’s a great way to relax during a stressful time. If you’re worried about your pregnancy or you want to be around people who know exactly what you’re going through, prenatal classes are an absolute must.
– Bond With Other Mums-To-Be
Another great way to reduce the amount of stress you might be feeling is to bond with other mums-to-be. Whether you have friends and family who are also pregnant or you seek out people in your local area, having a number of people you can turn to can be super helpful. Once your little ones have started to arrive, you will be able to continue to meet up and swap tips and tricks when it comes to parenting.
– Document The Special Moments Of Your Pregnancy
If you want to remember your pregnancy for years to come, you may want to consider taking the time to document all of the special moments from your pregnancy. From finding out you’re pregnant to going to the first scan, these are moments with your little one that you’re never going to be able to experience again. Whether you create a scrapbook or you document them online, you will look back on these memories with such fondness in the future. For a guide to documenting your pregnancy, you can visit this site here.
– If You Think Something May Be Wrong to Make Sure You’re Calling Your Doctor
If you’re starting to worry and you think something might be wrong, you need to speak to your doctor as soon as you possibly can. Although it may be absolutely nothing, it’s better to be safe than sorry. When you first start your appointments, make sure you’re getting an out of hours number you can call just in case.
– Practice Self-Care Where Possible
Although it may be the last thing on your mind, you need to ensure you’re practicing self-care where you can. From running yourself a hot bath to taking a long walk, it’s important to put yourself first if you want a happy pregnancy.
– Don’t Let It Hold You Back
Another important tip to bear in mind during your first pregnancy is not to let it hold you back. Although it doesn’t happen often, lots of people put off doing the things they want because they want to focus on their pregnancy. Whilst there are certain things you can’t do, the world is still at your feet.
– Enjoy It And Make The Most Of Every Moment
Finally, you need to be sure you’re enjoying every moment that you can. Although being pregnant can be incredibly difficult, it’s a great opportunity for you to bond with your new arrival. Make sure you’re making the most of every moment and remember to smile, even in the bad times.
Are you expecting your first child? What do you need to do to ensure you’re as comfortable as you can be during pregnancy? Did we miss anything off the list? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.