When you’re expecting your first baby, you get – and listen to, and seek out – all kinds of advice regarding pregnancy and birth. And frankly, it can get overwhelming to sort through all the information and figure out exactly how much of it to take and which to cast aside.
But eventually, every new mom comes to the decisions that are right for her – and that’s where Tamera Mowry-Housley finds herself as she enters that exciting third trimester.
“I can gladly say I have now learned to sift through all the outside pregnancy advice and have found my OWN voice on the matter,” the actress writes in her blog for People.
She admits she hasn’t enjoyed all of the pregnancy so far. Tamera has encountered such common problems as puffiness in her cheeks and ankles (eating water-rich foods like watermelon and grapes helps) and the fuzzy “pregnancy brain” that makes her lose items like keys and her favorite diamond bracelet. “Am I the only pregnant woman who can’t speak coherently?” she laments.
But the Tia & Tamera costar, who’s expecting a baby boy right around Halloween, is happy to report that she’s stressing a lot less about the details of the birth in these final weeks.
“Now don’t get me wrong, I still worry about my pregnancy, but not half as much as I did before,” Tamera writes. She’s come to this peaceful state by learning to listen to her own instincts.
“I began by asking myself important questions and allowing myself to answer honestly with no judgment,” she says. Included in those questions: “What is my birthing plan – MINE, not my mom’s, sister’s or my friend’s.” (That’s saying a lot, considering how close she is to twin sister Tia, who had a baby boy of her own last year.)
Tamera is also following her own heart when it comes to issues such as natural birth vs. epidural, giving birth at home or in a hospital suite and the type of parenting style she plans to follow.
She urges all moms to do the same with their own pregnancies and births, keeping in mind that it’s normal to have anxieties and doubts. “Most importantly, it is key that you find your OWN voice and go from there.”
Great advice from a mom-to-be who seems to have her head together, even if she can’t remember where she put the car keys!
Any advice – or fears – you’d like to share with her? Tamera encourages fans to tweet her at @TameraMowryTwo.
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