Your PregnancyRebecca Odes
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1: Think about who you want in the delivery room
You may be thinking a little bit about who will be with you for the birth. As labor is a vulnerable time, its a good idea to pick someone you feel really comfortable with and not judged by.
Just try not to break your birth partners hand when youre contracting
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2: Wear your seat belt
Pregnant women often worry that a seat belt could be dangerous to the baby. But wearing a seat belt is always safer than not wearing one in a moving vehicle. Fasten it below your belly and place the shoulder strap above.
A comfy seatbelt for pregnant women
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3: "Mommy brain" is real
People say women become spacey on mommy brain. Yes, you may be forgetting some things, but its not because youve become dull. Its because you have something important that has captivated your attention.
9 ways pregnancy changes your brain
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4: Take advantage of free time
If youve got a lot of downtime, enjoy movies, crafting, reality TV, gossip magazines — anything that will help pass the hours. If youre interested in reading about what its like to be a creative person and mother, you might just love A Lifes Work by Rachel Cusk.
10 more resourceful pregnancy books
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5: Stay hydrated
Its so important to get enough fluids throughout pregnancy. Try drinking coconut water to replenish your electrolytes naturally while you keep your body hydrated.
One crucial summer tip for pregnant women
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6: Any chair will do
Designated nursing chairs — rocker/gliders — are terrifically comfortable and may be used for years, especially if you have more than one baby. But any comfortable chair or couch works fine for breastfeeding if you opt out of this specific purchase.
The best modern nursery rockers
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7: No meat, no problem
Some pregnant women find they are repulsed by meat. The good news is that a well-balanced, protein-packed vegetarian diet is great for pregnant women.
Being a vegetarian while pregnant is totally possible
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8: Try a bra strap extender
Your bras may be beginning to get tight around the band as your torso widens. Instead of buying a larger band size, try a bra strap extender. Then you can take it out and wear the same bra post-pregnancy.
Maternity bras thatll make you feel pretty
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9: You're not really eating for two
You are not technically eating for two. Youre eating for one plus about 300 extra calories (thats a yogurt and some toast). If you find you want to eat constantly, try to pick healthy snacks rather than those with lots of sugar or fat.
Why eating for two can make you heavier for the rest of your life
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10: Sip your veggies
If all those plates of recommended leafy greens are making your stomach turn, consider drinking carrot and/or veggie juices to get the nutrients you need. Fresh ginger can be a nice addition, too.
Make green ginger juice
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11: Get Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important during pregnancy. Vitamin D-rich foods include enriched cereals, milk, soy, and fish. It also comes from the sun, so when its warm, lay out in the sun for a bit (just do it early or late in the day to avoid any burning).
5 tips for sunbathing safely while pregnant
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12: If you feel depressed, seek help
Depression during pregnancy is more common than once thought. If you find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, seek professional counseling. Depressed women are more likely to have pregnancy complications.
The stigma of depression during pregnancy
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13: Stay mobile on the plane
If you take any plane trips during pregnancy, youll want to be sure to get up and walk around during the flight. This reduces the risk of blood clots, which is higher when you fly and when youre pregnant.
10 tips for flying while pregnant
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14: Make sure you're comfortable with your care provider
Be open with your care provider and always ask for clarification if something is confusing. Its important to feel confident that you can ask all your questions — and have them all answered. Good communication will also help when youre in labor.
10 questions to ask your OB or midwife
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15: Poop happens
Its common for women to fear pooping in labor. But dont worry, if it does happen, itll be cleaned up so fast youll never even know about it. Doctors and midwives have seen it all before.
Im scared to poop in front of my husband!
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16: Think about your new priorities
Its sometimes hard to imagine how you'll handle motherhood and career/work, but this can be a very productive time to think about your priorities and your family's needs.
How this mom found balance
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17: Join a community
Connect with other pregnant women now — online and in person — so you can build a base for the supportive community youll need when youre a mom.
The top 50 Twitter moms
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18: Have fun with the baby shower
If youre not into the traditional baby shower concept, there are some fun alternatives: a coed shower or a celebration after the baby is born are two options.
Throw a Dr. Seuss baby shower
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19: This isn't the end of your life
Are people telling you to get your fun in now while you still can? By all means let loose — but dont feel pressured. Yes, your life will change, but there will still be opportunities for a good time!
Go on a babymoon
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20: Be careful making sharp moves
You may feel quick, sharp pains when you move sharply or roll over in bed at night. If you know youre going to make a sharp movement, you can flex your hips to try to relax the ligaments connected to the uterus and avoid whats called round ligament pain.
10 tips for better sleep during pregnancy
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21: It's not like the movies
Birth in the movies and on TV shows —a even "reality" shows — is scripted and edited for drama. Turn these shows off if they are freaking you out!
My birth was not the romantic comedy I expected!
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22: Yoga can help back pain
Experiencing lower back pain? Try some yoga: Sit on your knees with your legs wide enough to make space for your belly. Bend forward at the hips, stretching out the back. This variation on childs pose is sometimes called mamas pose.
10 ways to relieve pregnancy back pain
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23: Sex has its benefits, even right now
Sex during pregnancy can have some real perks. Increased blood flow can make you more sensitive and make orgasms more intense. And hey, you dont have to worry about getting pregnant!
How your orgasms can be different during pregnancy
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24: Weird dreams are actually normal
Many pregnant women report romantic dreams about past boyfriends, sometimes with surprising intensity. Dont worry; these are thought to represent your personal transition rather than an actual desire for the actual guy.
10 pregnancy dreams decoded
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25: Order furniture sooner rather than later
If youre planning on ordering nursery furniture, youll probably want to think about it sooner rather than later. Some childrens furniture companies have looooooooong lead times.
The best cribs for 2011
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26: You're not going to please everyone
When your grandmother tells you she wants you to name the baby after your great uncle Horace (who you only met twice), its okay to just smile.
The 10 most hated baby names
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27: Milk it
Something you shouldnt forget to do while pregnant: take some liberties. This is one of the few times in life where you can be unpredictable and a little selfish without being hated for it.
Go ahead, ask for these awesome gifts
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28: Don't be shy about needing something
Are people offering you seats on public transportation yet? If theyre not, it might be because they arent sure if youre pregnant or not. One study showed this was the main reason people didnt stand up. Yeah, right.
Who gives up a seat to a pregnant lady?
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29: Focus on your health
Though the message to eat well during pregnancy can understandably trigger crappy feelings about our cultures often unhealthy obsession with dieting, the motivation here is less suspect: eating real (not processed) food improves pregnancy and birth outcomes.
7 ways to make your pregnancy cravings healthy
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30: Eat lots of greens
As the mother of modern midwifery Ina May Gaskin once said, You cant go wrong with leafy greens. These veggies are packed with iron and folate and lots of other great things for pregnancy.
What to eat during pregnancy a mini guide
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31: Physical activity is actually good for you
Its a myth that pregnant women should rest all the time. Physical activity — especially anything involving walking, squatting, and bending forward — can reduce aches and pains and help prepare mom for a smoother labor.
Pregnancy exercises you can do at home — no equipment necessary
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