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What I'll Do Differently In My Next Pregnancy

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My pregnancy has not been a picture-perfect affair. In fact, if I’m being honest, I’d say it’s been a far cry from anyone’s perfect pregnancy. From infertility to pregnancy complications, I’ve managed to hit many of the lowlights on the road to having a baby. That said, I’m not ready to throw in the towel, and providing infertility doesn’t smack me on my butt again, I can’t wait for another sweet babe.

But I won’t be doing my pregnancy the same the next time around. Instead, there are a few key things I’ll be doing differently to aim for a better, smoother, nine months.

Here they are:

  1. I’ll eat better. No, I’m not talking about eating healthier. Actually, I did well on that front. But I am talking about eating better for the particular trimester I was in. My first trimester, for example, I ate way too healthily. Given that I could barely keep anything down, this was not a good strategy. Instead, I needed to think calories and go for gold. A little less healthy would’ve been better for my energy levels and low weight gain during these first few months. In the end, baby (and mama) would’ve been happier with a few more Snickers bars.
  2. I’ll worry less about work. One of the most stressful parts of my pregnancy was worrying about work. What I couldn’t do, where I couldn’t travel, and things I couldn’t get done because of the small babe inside who wanted to make life exceedingly more complicated than I’d hoped for highly too long. Next time, though, I won’t throw up my hands. Instead, I’ll just lower my expectations from the outset. Pregnancy, for me, doesn’t mean normal living. I learned that this time, and I won’t be mistaken next time.
  3. I’ll rest more. This is a strange one to comment on, given that I actually spent so much time on bedrest in my pregnancy — and, by objective standards, actually did spend a fair amount of time resting. But, truth be told, it often didn’t feel like the rest it should’ve been. Likely a combination of stress and guilt for not doing more was the culprit, but whatever it was, I know that next time I’ve got to banish the worries and just rest, happily. It’s what some pregnant bodies need, after all.

Are you expecting another sweet babe? If so, is there anything you learned in your first pregnancy that can help you in your second? I’d love to hear!

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