Are you expecting a precious little baby? Congratulations! Pregnancy is always a special moment that certainly changes you in more ways than one. Now, what next? Many questions race through every expectant mother’s mind when it is their first pregnancy, which is normal. However, this period of anticipation is an excellent time to receive (and follow) clear medical guidance from your doctor. Although each pregnancy experience may differ from mother to mother, there are some things you should know to be fully prepared for the journey ahead. So, are you wondering what your next step is after finding out that you’re pregnant? Did you just find out that your partner is pregnant? Here are a few things you should know.
Your due date
Only a handful of women ever deliver their babies on the precise due date given by the doctor! But once it’s assigned, your due date on paper always remains the same – unless your ultrasound scan reveals a large discrepancy with the assigned due date. Beyond knowing your due date, you should also learn as many facts as possible about your condition. Fortunately, there are many websites and blogs that you can rely on for information like pregnancy belly shape and size guide, as well as specific symptoms you can expect to experience. However, you need to ensure that you visit recommended websites and blogs from other mums for all your research to get the right information.
Not everything will go according to plan
One thing many expecting moms must realize is that things may not always go according to plan. You may spend a lot of time planning every step of the process, considering every detail, but childbirth is more than enough to send your plans flying through the window. Every expecting mother needs to have a well-prepared birth plan in place. However, do not obsess about perfecting every detail, as that can be enough to put you under a lot of stress, especially when things do not go your way. Make room for unexpected circumstances, and accept that things will get a little crazy sometimes. The great thing about allowing for flexibility in your plan is that it will make you more open to alternative ideas, and thus, more flexible to handle each surprising turn of events.
Self-care is essential
Ensuring that you take excellent care of yourself isn’t only about you but also about your unborn child. It helps to promote your well-being and that of your child at the same time. Proper self-care means that you only consume the right food, stay away from the ones that can be harmful to your child, and exercise as much as you possibly can. Self-care goes beyond making you feel good; it also helps you maintain a sense of self-worth, which is essential whenever you feel too stressed or tired to go through another day. Some expecting mothers have said that they lost their sense of self-worth during pregnancy and let their health and bodies go. Taking good care of yourself helps you to remain healthy, both mentally and physically.
Expect to do nothing sometimes
There will be times when you cannot bring yourself to do anything around the house, especially after giving birth. Childbirth is one of the most challenging things to do, even when you have previous experience. Therefore, your body needs to get all the time it needs to recover. During this period especially, expect to do nothing. Also, during the latter stages of your pregnancy, you may be in the right condition to complete as many daily activities as you used to. That is why it is essential to have as much care and support as you can from your partner, family members, and loved ones.
Bonding with your baby may take time
There’s nothing like a mother’s bond with her unborn baby – an unexplainable feeling of joy that takes over most mothers during the months of pregnancy. Although mothers bond with their little angels from day one, on the other hand, not every new mother will feel that jolt of excitement. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that; it may take some new mothers weeks or even months after delivery to start building that mother-child bond, and different reasons may account for this. The most important thing is to make sure that you do not allow yourself to be stung by guilt if this happens to you. Just commit yourself to your little angel, shower, then with all the love you can muster, give the process some time.
You may need to eat more than you did before
Every breastfeeding mother needs 500 additional calories every day. When you start bottle-feeding your child, you should give your body enough healthy food to recover. Unfortunately, when you are busy taking care of your little one, it is quite easy to lose track of your own needs and forget to eat regularly. Therefore, it is best to stock up on some healthy snacks that you can munch on with one hand while your other hand is busy. Doing this will keep you from starving yourself without realizing it, as it is not suitable for your health or baby. You should also expect your newborn to have quite an appetite, especially when you’re breastfeeding them. You might only require a small amount of regular bottle-feeding. However, breastfed babies will need to eat a lot more often. So, don’t be tempted to make a breastfeeding timetable; let your baby alert you.
Pregnancy tests your relationship
It is vital to get as much assistance as you can from trusted friends, family, and loved ones, especially during the first couple of months after giving birth. That is because raising a child is one of the most challenging jobs (albeit one of the most rewarding), even when you are fortunate enough to have supportive spouses or partners. If you have a supportive partner beside you throughout the process, tension may still arise between you two. Your partnership will be tested during your time of expectancy, but the most important thing is to ensure that you do not allow such times to impact your relationship negatively.