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7 Tips for First-time Moms: How to Have an Easier Pregnancy

7 Tips For An Easier Pregnancy

Why only first-time moms, you ask? Because let’s face it: After you’ve been pregnant once, you’re an expert. You’ve heard it all, and you likely know it all. Well, except for the stuff that’s constantly changing.

So when I saw an article out of Australia the other day about how to make pregnancy a wee bit easier, I was actually a bit surprised by how “commonsense” it seemed. But then I realized that I’ve been reading and reading about pregnancy for close to a year now a side effect of planning a pregnancy and that there’s likely other women out there who don’t already know what I know. Heck, we all have to learn it first somewhere, right?

Therefore, this post is dedicated to the first-time moms who don’t know jack. Just like I didn’t know a thing about pregnancy before I embarked on this journey and just like I still have a ton to learn. I know it can be intimidating sometimes when it feels as though everybody knows more than you do, so take your time, kick back, and become an expert of your own pregnancy.

After the jump, check out 7 Tips for First-time Moms: How to Have an Easier Pregnancy. And tell me: What advice do you have for mom to-bes?

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  • Don’t Bombard Yourself With a Bazillion Pregnancy Books — Relax! 1 of 7
    Don't Bombard Yourself With a Bazillion Pregnancy Books — Relax!
    Sure, reading about pregnancy during pregnancy has its advantages. But if you're anything like me, there can be information overload that's enough to drive you mad. So put the books down at least once in a while and either read something totally non-pregnancy related or watch a movie with your honey.
    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Don’t Limit Yourself to Maternity-Only Clothes 2 of 7
    Don't Limit Yourself to Maternity-Only Clothes
    Pregnancy, and all that comes with it, is expensive. While we'd all benefit from some good maternity tops, bottoms, and bras, we can save a buck or two by buying bigger-sized clothing from our favorite stores though I'm sure the pregnant fashionistas will scoff at this idea!
    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Stay Active 3 of 7
    Stay Active
    Exercise guidelines vary depending on the individual and the pregnancy, but the jury seems to agree that gentle exercise, like walking, is good for just about every expecting mom. Movement helps relieve stress and can ensure you get a better night's sleep.
    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Write a List at Home Before Going to the Store 4 of 7
    Write a List at Home Before Going to the Store
    Isn't this advice for everyone? But I reckon the thinking behind the suggestion that pregnant women write lists before going to the market stems from a well-known phenomenon called "pregnancy brain," or the incredible ability of extreme forgetfulness or absentmindedness. Writing a list when you're stark-raving mad from cravings might just help you satisfy those cravings later.
    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockPhoto
  • Rest, Rest, Rest 5 of 7
    Rest, Rest, Rest
    I bet pregnant women get tired of hearing this advice, especially those women who have no extra time to simply rest. But they whoever they are say resting and taking naps during pregnancy is quite important for your health.
    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Travel Right 6 of 7
    Travel Right
    If you're traveling during your pregnancy, whether it's a long or short journey, make sure you're prepared! Grab some small cushions in case you need them, and always keep some snacks on hand.
    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Pamper Yourself 7 of 7
    Pamper Yourself
    Enjoy the last of the "just you" time and treat yourself to a day at a spa that specializes in maternity services. Going to a baby shower? Why not consider getting the mom-to-be a gift certificate for a massage?
    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: 123Rf Stock Photo

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