When I found out I was pregnant, I was overwhelmed with joy and fear. I was happy to be a mommy and start a family, but I was also afraid of doing something wrong. To me, being pregnant has been truly the most beautiful experience. I simply loved being pregnant. Even though for the first three months I was sick all the time. There were a lot of things I didn’t know about my growing baby, being a new mom. On my first visit to the doctor’s office, I asked the doctor everything I could about the baby and how to take care of us. My doctor was very helpful, and he advice me on everything he knew, even bras.
- Vitamins and nutrition. The first prenatal vitamins I bought, were too strong for me. My doctor gave me samples of two different prenatal vitamins to try. Prenatal vitamins can be harsh on the stomach, especially with the morning sickness. My doctor recommended me to drink my prenatal vitamins before bed or after dinner. It’s important to make sure your vitamins have everything the mom and baby need, such as Omega 3. I would try to eat as healthy as I possibly could, keeping in mind the things I needed during pregnancy, such as milk. I would force myself to eat breakfast and I replace some of my unhealthy habits with other healthier choices. I drink coffee most mornings, so I replace the coffee with hot unsweetened cocoa, that way I still drank something hot in the morning. I made the cocoa with milk. I would eat unsweetened yogurt and add fresh fruits and granola, for fiber and flavor. I am not a big meat-eater, so I would try to eat meat at least once a day. I would try to eat as many vegetables as possible, and instead of eating candy (which I love) I would eat fresh fruits. I avoided cold cuts, sushi, soft cheeses and anything that was not thoroughly cook, such as meats and eggs. I found a lot of information on the BabyCenter app, about the baby and my body changes.
- Use supportive bras. My doctor recommended me to wear Supportive bras during pregnancy to help with backache and saggy breast. I would highly recommend to get measure before buying any bras, because your breast are likely to change size, and wearing the right size can also help prevent saggy breast. I would wear bralettes from Gap Body to sleep.
- Stay active while pregnant. Staying active is also important when pregnant. It helps prevent overweight and it also helps strengths the body. Before being pregnant I didn’t exercise, but I tried to walk for at least 30 minutes a day, and when I didn’t go outside, I would exercise at home by watching YouTube videos. Here is the link to my favorite fitness video https://youtu.be/8qvopY5HddU that consists of a 10-minute work out.
- Manage stress. Lastly I would always try to keep a positive attitude, by managing stress. I would take a hot, bubbly bath twice a month, to nurture my skin and help release stress. I would try not to worry or over think anything that was not worth thinking about. Whenever something bothered me, I would speak to my mom or my fiancé, and sharing my feelings with them helped me feel better. I took a stress management course in college while pregnant, which also helped develop skills to manage stress. My favorite quote during that time was, “I will cross that bridge when I get to it” to stop me from worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet.