I’m Pregnant! Now What?

50 Things That Will Tell You All About Pregnancy & What To Do During Pregnancy

Congratulations! You’re on your way to becoming a Mom and what could be better news than that! But along with the excitement comes a whole list of dos, don’ts and what-to-watch-out for. And you’re wondering what to do in pregnancy.

I’m Pregnant! Now What?

You’ve still coming to terms with the news and already, friends and family are flooding you with pregnancy information. Before your head starts spinning, remember that some of the advice may or may not hold for you. Will you ever be able to figure out what to do during pregnancy? Of course! These 50 tips should give you an idea.

  1. Facebook can wait. Keep your pregnancy a secret till your first trimester as the first 12 weeks are when the baby is at its vulnerable most.
  2. Make a creative birth announcement – either by designing a special card or using a social network platform or app or even hosting a theme party.
  3. Create a diary. Note down how you feel, the different stages of growth, the wonderful moments, thefoods you love and loathe…makes for a great reading and ready reckoner during your second pregnancy.
  4. Click pictures at every stage. You can use these to compare how your body changes with every pregnancy in future.
  5. Hit the lotion bottle from day one and apply generously all over. Stretch marks aren’t selective and can strike anywhere.
  6. Stay healthy by following a workout regime that involves light cardio and yoga.
  7. Start hunting for maternity wear. If you hate the boxy readily available ones, get someone to design a wardrobe for you.
  8. Wear fitted clothes. It’ll make your bump look even cuter and you feel sexier.
  9. Avoid under-wire bras as they can constrict the milk producing glands. Better still, hang loose.
  10. Read up on baby products and make a list of your favourite brands.
  11. Maintain a handy list of questions for your doctor so you don’t forget them during your check-up.
  12. If you are on any medication, check with your doctor to see whether you can still take them.
  13. Pregnancy apps are also a great source of information and help you document changes. Find one that suits you.
  14. Sleep as much as you can. This is one luxury you’ll have to give up post baby.
  15. The one who snores the loudest will be you. Pregnancy causes swelling of the membranes in the nose.
  16. If you think snoring is bad, get used to involuntary burping and farting. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
  17. Get used to feeling bloated. Fluid retention is inevitable and reflexology or propping up your feet are your best antidotes.
  18. If your ankles look like they belong to an elephant, don’t panic. They will soon look human.
  19. Everything that looks and feels funny is only a temporary condition. Consult a doctor if you have any doubts.
  20. If your hands and face feel too puffy, consult your doctor.
  21. Be prepared for mood swings; just take care not to kill anyone.
  22. If you feel hot sweaty flushes, it’s not a heart attack. It’s just your hormones speeding up your metabolism.
  23. Read up on the pros and cons of both C-section and normal delivery before making the choice.
  24. Be prepared to say goodbye to that flawless skin and lustrous hair that put you in this position.
  25. Keep your hair short to make it look fuller and healthier. It’s also less cumbersome to maintain.
  26. Read up on as many books that tell you all about pregnancy, but decide what to choose and what to ignore, depending on what suits you best. You could also get some handy pregnancy tips here.
  27. Start looking at investment plans for children. Early savings will get them to that reputed college you wish you had been to.
  28. Introduce your husband to the basics of the house – like food, laundry, bill payment, etc. – for the days when you are bed-bound.
  29. Keep hydrating. Water is your best option.
  30. Keep a snack by your bed. Morning sickness may be killing, but it’s worse on an empty stomach.
  31. Apart from your food cravings, try to maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggies.
  32. Make sure everything is thoroughly cleaned and washed before you cook or eat it.
  33. Avoid your favourite roadside foods. Get them made at home. You may not have the same experience, but it’s much safer.
  34. Check with your doctor before any outstation travel.
  35. Plan your holidays wisely. Most airlines do not allow pregnant women to fly post theseventh month.
  36. Sex doesn’t have to be a no-no. In fact, certain positions can make it even more pleasurable. Speak to your doctor about the safe period and postures.
  37. A bit of vaginal discharge is normal unless it is blood-stained, thick or foul smelling.
  38. Switch to glasses if you wear lenses. Extra fluid could accumulate in the eyes.
  39. If you are going to be a working mom, start planning on child care options. Check if your organisation offers work-from-home options.
  40. Keep calm and try not to let things perturb you. Any stress you imbibe could be passed on to your baby and create unnecessary health issues for it.
  41. Meditate. It’s good for you and even better for your baby.
  42. Change your music options to soft and soothing from hard rock and heavy metal.
  43. Talk to your baby. Sings songs, share stories, hum to it. This will help strengthen the mother-child bond.
  44. Do not pop any vitamins or any other “healthy” medicinal or home remedy suggestions from elders. Always check with your doctor first.
  45. Up your calcium intake.
  46. Find yourself forgetting things? Absent-mindedness is a by-product of pregnancy and no you’re not getting old.
  47. Start name-hunting. This is by far one of the toughest parts, especially if you have to keep the sentiments of older relatives in mind.
  48. Alcohol, tobacco…you know the vices you need to avoid so let’s not even go there.
  49. Lead a regulated lifestyle. Get plenty of rest and kiss the late night partying goodbye
  50. Learn to love yourself. You may not look the size zero you used to be, and your hair and face may seem like they’ve been put through a grinder, but it’s all for a good cause.

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