When I was pregnant, I did a lot of reading, research and received a lot of good old fashion family advice. I wanted to make sure I had all of the tips I needed to ensure a happy and healthy pregnancy. However, as any mother would know, there is no way to have a perfect pregnancy, and often times you learn as you go. Here are the tips I wish I would have known earlier:
If you’re a stomach sleeper, switch it up before you are too big.
Ever since I was little, I always felt most comfortable sleeping on my stomach. However, as my growing belly got larger, I found that I had to transition to sleeping on my side. The transition was pretty sudden, one day I could comfortably sleep on my stomach and the next day I couldn’t. Had I started the transition of trying to sleep on my side earlier in my pregnancy, it would have been a little easier to adapt.
Take your prenatal vitamin at night.
It’s easiest to remember this important pill when you take it at the same time every day. However, taking the pill at night instead of in the morning, while still providing the same nutrition, can help eliminate some of your morning sickness. My doctor advised me to do this a few months into my morning sickness and it actually helped a bit.
It’s okay to purchase maternity clothes at a resale shop.
Pregnant women, specifically with their first pregnancy, have a tendency to worry about a lot of the little details that don’t really matter for their pregnancy. At the end of the day, your style during pregnancy may help you feel better about yourself, but won’t affect the well-being of your child. If you want to look your best during pregnancy, but don’t have a large budget for a new wardrobe, consider checking resale shops, online clearance, and even garage sales to find some new maternity gear. Helpful tip: check off season clearance early in your pregnancy and buy these items for your late-term pregnancy. Nine months is the perfect time for a season change!
Don’t wait too long to get a nursing bra.
If you plan to nurse your child, don’t wait until the baby arrives to purchase a nursing bra. I waited too long and spent the first two weeks of my daughter’s life struggling not only to learn how to nurse, but also doing so with the wrong equipment. It’s the best investment you can make, and I would definitely recommend buying more than one or two.