Congratulations! You’re going to be a mommy! In all the excitement it’s very easy to get caught up in all the pink or blue and delve deep into your What to Expect book, but there are a few things almost no one will tell you that I really wish I had known…so here goes…
If you are one of the many who suffer from morning sickness I’m praying for you because it’s really no fun at all but according to the several nurses I have in my family (including my mother-in-law who home-birthed 5 children of her own and was a labor and delivery nurse for years) it is actually a B6 deficiency which can contribute to ‘morning sickness.’ Therefore if you are one of the lucky ones who may be reading this before they are actually pregnant, be sure to start taking B6 supplements now. Otherwise there are wonderful little things called Preggy Pops that actually helped me and several of my friends. Also it seems to help to eat several small meals per day with plenty of protein. For more tips click here for my post specific to this subject.
Your prenatal vitamins can make you nauseous
Luckily there is a quick fix to this. Store them in the freezer! I’m not sure why this works but I have several mommy friends that swear by it. Just put a reminder in your phone to remember to take them!
Sometimes you get quick shooting pains across your stomach that are completely normal
As early as 3 months along I would have sudden shooting pains across my stomach periodically and was worried that it was a bad sign and according to my OBGYN and aforementioned nurse friends, it was just my muscles stretching to make room for the baby and when you are farther along it can just be the baby kicking or wiggling into an uncomfortable spot for a moment. (Of course I am not a medical professional so if you have doubts, always ask your doctor or medical provider.)
Your significant other thinks you are more beautiful now than you have ever been, even on days you just feel huge
I heard it from my sweet husband and I have heard it time and time again from friends, there is nothing sexier to a man than the woman carrying his child. This is good to keep filed away for those days about 9 months along when you are feeling like a house and your feet are swelling ‘the size of tree trunks’ as my doctor likes to affectionately call it. Thanks Doc!
‘Pregnancy brain’ is a very real thing!
Even if you were one of those people like I was that almost didn’t need a calendar because you seemed to always remember when and where you needed to be at all times, you too can be effected. I’m not sure what it is about that little person growing inside of you that steals your memory, but trust me, it will happen! Let’s just say that by month 9.5 I had sticky notes everywhere and often found myself ending up in rooms of the house and not knowing what I went in there looking for. Sigh…which brings me to my next point…
You are actually pregnant for 10 months not 9
Yup! If you think about it and do a little elementary math, the average full-term pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks and 40 divided by 4 is…….10! 10 months! It was explained to me that it’s known as 9 months because technically on the last day of the 10th month you have the baby… in theory… So don’t get too excited when you’re creeping toward the end of that 8th month!
Drink lots and lots of water
Staying hydrated can help to fend off Braxton Hicks contractions and can help reduce swelling.
‘Nesting’ is a thing!
At some point, most likely late in your third trimester, you may feel a very strong urge to clutter and clean EVERYTHING! First of all this is totally natural, but you may want to warn your husband and/or any other housemates you may have that this will happen because you will most likely be asking for help! I ended up selling a lot of household items and furniture that I felt were cluttering up our house to make room for the baby’s things and honestly, I’m so glad I did! I ended up making a little cash and decluttering our home. I will admit though that steam cleaning everything and washing all of the linens in the house, including curtains, may or may not have been a tad overboard. A few things that came in handy during this phase were the local Facebook garage sale sites, I became a regular on them and still am! They are awesome for thrifty families! Homemade natural cleaning supplies made from mostly vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. My Facebook site and twitter feed have lots recipes and I will be sure to make that a future post. But natural cleaning supplies will come in handy while you are pregnant and long after to keep you and your children from harsh chemicals and not to mention you can save a ton of money!
Is there anything I missed? What are some things you wish you had known? Do you have any clever solutions or tips and tricks you wish you had known? Please leave them in the comments.