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7 Things I Wish I Knew During My First Pregnancy

7 Things I Wish I Knew During My First PregnancyI am so looking forward to getting pregnant again. It’s been a long time coming, and I am still hopeful that we will be able to have our fourth child soon, so we’re doing all we can to make it happen.

I consider myself a pro at being pregnant and no longer fear the unknown when it comes to growing a child and delivering him into the world. I have been through this enough times now that the fear of the unknown is gone and there’s a confidence I have in understanding the whole process.

When I was pregnant for the first time, that fear of the unknown was definitely there. There are some things, looking back, that I wish I could have told myself. Many things I knew through advice from others or reading in those pregnancy books, but there is something about hindsight that seems to make it all that much more clear.

Click through to read 7 things I wish I could go back in time and tell myself during my first pregnancy:

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  • Take More Photos, Of You! 1 of 7
    Take More Photos, Of You!
    I felt huge during my first pregnancy and had no idea how much bigger I was going to get. Because of this, I didn't take many photos of myself at all. I have maybe one, and looking back I would love to have more.
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto.
  • There is No Such Thing as a Dumb Question, Really. 2 of 7
    There is No Such Thing as a Dumb Question, Really.
    I had so many questions during my first pregnancy and with my personality, it was hard for me to feel like I wasn't the only one who didn't know. Looking back, I wish I knew that there was no such thing as a silly or dumb question when it comes to your health and your baby's.
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto.
  • When Your Mom Tells You To Drink More Water, Listen. 3 of 7
    When Your Mom Tells You To Drink More Water, Listen.
    My mom warned me that I needed to drink more water and man, do I wish I had listened! After birth I ignored this and when my milk came in, everything digestively slowed to a halt and well, it was not pleasant after birth.
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto.
  • You Will Be Thankful You Exercised, So Do It! 4 of 7
    You Will Be Thankful You Exercised, So Do It!
    I didn't really exercise during my first pregnancy and looking back, it would have made a lot of things easier. I believe it would have kept some pregnancy aches at bay, would have helped with labor and delivery, and certainly could have helped with the speed of recovery. I wish I could go back and tell myself that it wasn't needed just to keep the weight down, that it would have a great effect down the line.
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto.
  • Ignore the Comments. 5 of 7
    Ignore the Comments.
    I was told when I was maybe 5 months pregnant that surely I was about to pop, or that there had to be twins in there when I was carrying a singleton. I took those to heart more than I should have, people are just crazy.
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto.
  • You May Not Have That Feeling, and That’s OK. 6 of 7
    You May Not Have That Feeling, and That's OK.
    When my first child was born I didn't have that crazy love the first moment he was put into my arms like other people describe. It was the first time I had held a newborn, I didn't know what to expect and I didn't know him. I wish I knew then that it was okay to not have that crazy euphoric feeling everyone talked about. It came, just a little bit later.
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto.
  • Accept the Compliments! 7 of 7
    Accept the Compliments!
    My husband would tell me all the time how beautiful I looked when I was pregnant. Looking back, I wish I had really listened to what he was saying instead of rolling my eyes.
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto.

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