Whenever I go out and hear babies wail, whenever I walk down the supermarket aisles with shelves and shelves of formula milk and diapers, I heave a sigh of relief that I am through with the stage where my kids would cry and I had to look for clues pointing me to the culprit. These days, I know what’s bothering them because they could verbalize it, even my youngest.
Whenever I go out and see chubby babies whose necks are hidden by their pudgy cheeks, whenever I see photos online of toothless smiles, sausage-like arms and little legs with multiple folds, a tiny feeling of longing would tug at my heart and make me miss the times my children were wee ones.
I would also be brought back to the time I was still carrying them in me. Two of my favorite parts of being pregnant was stroking my enormous belly in a circular motion and feeling the movement of a growing life. It’s amazing what a woman’s body could do!
This body that carries the “bun-in-the-oven” needs to be taken care of during the months that the baby is developing. I am thankful to God that I have given birth to healthy babies. This is with lots of prayers and a few things that worked for me during pregnancy.
I wish to share my 9 tips for 9 months to lovely ladies who are infanticipating at the moment.
- As soon as you discover you are pregnant, visit the Ob/Gyn. Then, do so regularly. Faithfully take your prenatal vitamins. Get recommended prenatal tests.
- Speaking of Ob/Gyn, always consult your doctor before doing anything strenuous or eating something you are unsure of. Always ask the doctor’s advice for any drug you plan to take. Is it safe for pregnant women? For example, there is an anti-nausea drug that treats morning sickness, even though the FDA does not approve the drug for that application. But, its side effects can severely increase the risk of birth defects like cleft palate and heart defects.
- Listen to your body, and your baby. Rest when you need to. Eat when you feel hunger pangs. There was one time I made a big bowl of macaroni salad to consume whenever I get hungry. Get lots of sleep since it would be elusive in the last trimester. At least for me! I had a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep. It’s also your chance to get lots of Z’s before the baby arrives.
- Avoid propping your weight on your arm with your hand flat on a surface for an extended period of time. When I was pregnant with my first, I fell asleep in the car in that position and woke up with carpal tunnel syndrome. It is a very painful condition. I’m glad it went away after I gave birth or else surgical measure must be taken.
- While my belly was growing, it became very itchy. I would recommend using organic lotions like the one from Human Nature brand. Being pregnant makes me paranoid of the products I slather on. I guess it’s in preparation to be a paranoid mom. Haha! Check with your doctor to be sure it’s safe.
- Decide if you are going to breastfeed or not. If yes, have a birth plan in place, attend breastfeeding classes, and go shopping! Shop for nursing essentials like nursing bras, nursing wear, nipple shields, nipple cream, breastfeeding pillow, etc.
- Accept and even embrace the changes to your body. It’s easy to feel down about yourself while pregnant since you cannot move like you used to or you’re as big as a ref. But, be positive! Negative feelings can adversely affect your baby. Do remember that you are beautiful. Every curve is proof that there’s a miracle growing inside of you.
- Have conversations with more experienced mommies. Mommies whom you can trust, whom you know will not judge, whose parenting styles you could relate to. Listening to their experiences helps you know what to expect.
- Enjoy! Enjoy the journey! Enjoy the anticipation! Write down moments. Have a maternity shoot. While pregnant with my youngest, I asked my husband to take some photos of me a day before I go to the hospital for my scheduled C-section. I wanted it because it would have been the last time I carry my baby in my tummy.
Mothers, what other tips or tricks would you like to share?
To my expectant readers, have a happy and healthy pregnancy!
Listen to your body and your baby. I grew strength from this. I didn’t let myself be swayed by all the old fashioned advise. I seriously listened to my body and did what I felt was best.
I did them in both my pregnancies. The important thing is to enjoy and savor the moment. Yes, it’s hard and painful but each pregnancy experience is different 🙂
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True that each experience is different, what’s important is we enjoy each of them, even if we go through morning sickness.
This post makes me nostalgic! If I were to go through pregnancy again, i will surely ask ask for advice from more experienced mums (and will enjoy pregnancy more)!
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I agree that we need to enjoy it more. It’s a wonderful time in our lives as a woman.
When I was pregnant my husband and I were able to find great tips and sound advice from: thebump.com, babycentre.com and from the What to Expect When You’re Expecting e-book 🙂 We still read on babycentre.com whenever we like to research on stuff about our toddler.
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These are helpful!
These are great tips, Cym! I am sure new mommies can learn a lot : ) Cheers!
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Rose Angelie says
Lovely tips! If I may add, have fun with baby names. Haha Planning or coming up your baby’s name makes pregnancy really exciting! Though it could get overwhelming too, especially if it’s your first pregnancy. Overall, just have fun! And oh, take videos of your “dancing baby”, those moments when they kick inside your tummy is such a wonderful experience and would be a precious memory if you have them on record. (One of the things I wished I did). 🙂
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Thanks for these! I agree that choosing baby names is part of having fun during pregnancy.
Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos says
What I miss being pregnant is when my unborn son do somersaulting inside my tummy. Napakalikot niya, lalo na ngayon lols
Reading your post reminds me my pregnancy days last year. Nakakamiss din pala 🙂
Yes, nakaka-miss talaga!
I did all 9 with my two pregnancies. The second one was even more enjoyable because I was no longer too paranoid about so many things.
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