When I tell moms who have already have their babies what I do and how I help pregnant moms navigate their pregnancies, the first thing they say is always “I wish there was a person like you when I was pregnant”. The thing is, we don’t know what we don’t know and so many first time or even second time moms don’t realize that they have options, that they have choices and what those options and choices are. I wanted to put together a mini list of three things I wish I would have known when I was pregnant with my first baby.
1. You are not eating for two. In my first pregnancy I was almost obsessed with eating all the servings of the foods in the generic recommendations while pregnant. I gained so much weight and I was eating when I wasn’t even hungry. The weight was not easy to lose after the pregnancy and I wish I would have had the courage to follow my instinct and not eat according to some schedule, but nourish myself with nutritious foods in appropriate amounts to serve my baby’s and my needs, not just eating more according to some out dated recommendation.
2. Get into water much earlier in the pregnancy. Getting into water when pregnant is amazing. You are weightless, you can exercise safely without worrying about your joints and it is just an all around awesome thing to do. I would recommend getting into water if you haven’t already.
3. Move your body every day. This advice is for everyone. Being as strong as you can is always a benefit. When you are pregnant you can enjoy a shorter and easier birth, when you are a parent you will have the strength you need to be active with you kids. What moving every day means is not to run ten miles per day. Some days it can be gentle yoga. Another it can be a HIIT workout. Another it can be swimming. What it means is that you want to try to move your body every day to be and stay strong. I wish I would have paid more attention to that in my first pregnancy.
I hope this helps you to if nothing else have another perspective to looking at taking care of yourself and your baby in pregnancy. If you have any questions or issues you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org