First and foremost, congratulations on your pregnancy!!!

Working in this industry it is hard to not speak to a huge variety of people who want to share their pregnancy experiences.

Overtime I have come to really appreciate these little golden nuggets of information. The information below is just my take on each subject. I am not medically trained by any means, just a mum who has probably gone through similar worries and concerns as you are right now.

 

Whilst putting the world to rights with my friends last month (obviously whilst at the same time inhaling our takeaway), we came up with some real mum tips.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT THE MINUTE YOU ANNOUNCE YOUR BABY HAS ARRIVED INTO THE WORLD

  • From the moment, you announce you are pregnant you will get advice flown at you from all directions. With only your best interests at heart everyone will offer advice. What we reckon is the most sensible thing to do is smile, listen patiently, and thank your friends for their advice. Then do what your own gut tells you is the right thing.
  • You have to do what works for your family. No two babies are the same and you can’t find all the answers written down. A mother’s intuition is a powerful thing.
  • Babies cry. It doesn’t mean you are a bad mum.
  • Small babies aren’t capable of manipulation, so if your baby is crying, it’s because your baby needs you. He/she is trying to tell you something—listen to them.
  • Make it through the first six weeks —just survive. It will get better, we promise.
  • Find your own parenting style. Just because your friend swears by one method doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
  • Showers are overrated. Naps are few and far between. Spend your extra hour accordingly.
  • Give yourself a couple weeks to recover, what you have gone through during pregnancy and labour requires physical, mental and emotional healing time. Well wishes can wait, you probably could do without the added pressure of guests in the first few weeks whilst you’re learning how to be a parent.
  • Remember the experts who write these baby bibles do not know you or your baby.
  • Comparing your baby’s ability and agility to others is not terribly helpful. Milestones will happen. Regular visits to your health care provider in the first year will help you know if there’s something to be genuinely concerned about.
  • You may have strange mood swings. You can expect irritation, sadness, and fear. It doesn’t mean you are mad, it is just your hormones at play.
  • For a while your lower back and core abdominal muscles may be weaker than they used to be. Weight loss isn’t immediate. Nine months up, nine months down (or maybe even longer).
  • When your baby does something cute or funny, jot it down. You might think you’ll remember everything, but it’s impossible!
  • Don’t be afraid to go with your gut instinct when it comes to making sure your baby gets what he/she needs. If you think your baby needs to be seen by the doctor, but your family disagree, stand your ground it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Reach out to other mums. Sharing your woes with someone who’s in the same place in her life can make even the darkest days seem a little bit brighter.

 

SLEEP TIPS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
The national sleep foundation say for pregnant women to get a better nights sleep, they need to follow these steps:

1. In the third trimester, sleep on your left side to allow for the best blood flow to the fetus and to your uterus and kidneys. Avoid lying flat on your back for a long period of time.
2. Drink lots of fluids during the day, but cut down before bedtime.
3. To prevent heartburn, do not eat large amounts of spicy, acidic (such as tomato products), or fried foods. If heartburn is a problem, sleep with your head elevated on pillows.
4. Exercise regularly to help you stay healthy, improve your circulation, and reduce leg cramps.
5. Try frequent bland snacks (like crackers) throughout the day. This helps avoid nausea by keeping your stomach full.
6. Special “pregnancy” pillows and mattresses may help you sleep better. Or use regular pillows to support your body.
7. Napping may help. The NSF poll found that 51% of pregnant or recently pregnant women reported at least one weekday nap; 60% reported at least one weekend nap.
8. Learn to relax with relaxation and breathing techniques, which can also help when the contractions begin. A warm bath or shower before bed can be helpful.
9. Talk to your doctor if you develop medical problems and/or insomnia persists.
10. Once her baby is born, a mother’s sleep is frequently interrupted, particularly if she is nursing. Mothers who nurse and those with babies that wake frequently during the night should try to nap when their babies do. Sharing baby care to the extent possible, especially during the night, is important for the mother’s health, safety, performance and vitality.

Lauren Hale, Ph.D., to Lead Global Multidisciplinary Journal Focused on the Benefits of Sleep

 

I’M JUST NOT COPING

One truly inspiring person I have had the pleasure to meet is the founder of CoachingCare.

Coaching.Care are a team of child experts who are qualified doctors, psychologists, teachers or mentors, who have collectively come together to offer their life-time of expertise’s working with young people and are available as your personal coach. For over 20 years they have been helping parents and children with sleep problems, bed wetting, self harm and many other complex child development issues.

They offer a 30-minute introductory Skype session, which they say could dramatically improve your child’s sleep, health and well-being.

I have personally used there services and they were fantastic for my family.

 

More Entries To Be Added Soon:

Tricks of the trade

Pregnancy Hacks

Hospital Bag

Pain – I’m Freaking Out