Pregnancy is exciting but whats your next step after you find out? I was excited to be a mum but no one explains whats going to happen during your pregnancy.
The first step is to go and see your doctor. You will receive a pregnancy test and then be booked in for a bunch tests.
When my results came back i was told i was anemic, iron deficient and had gestational diabetes. WHAT???
But i felt like a healthy pregnant lady. It was such a surprise and when i got home i couldn’t help but feel a little depressed. I thought i was a bad mum already. The doctors tests came back and confirmed that i needed to take vitamin D and iron tablets. Diabetes was the biggest challenge because eating a balanced diet and monitoring blood sugar was hard. pregnant women are hungry all the time and not being able to eat what you want is hard.
What to do differently next pregnancy?
step 1: Understanding my feelings during pregnancy
When you first get pregnant there is a mix of emotions, confusion and questions. Documenting questions and queries is a must. know matter how silly the question is you should ask your doctor or midwife. Next time this will be a priority for me.
Step 2: Pregnancy and exercising
Most women stop work at 30 weeks pregnant as i did. Being home alone most days was a challenge. making a routine for your morning will reduce feeling of lonesomeness and depression. Mine was and healthy breakfast and going for a gentle walk with my dogs. It was summer time in Australia so early mornings walks are important to avoid the heat of the day. I lived near a beautiful lake that i soaked my feet in and let the dogs swim. This was really beneficial for me because the water and being outside removed the negative ions from my body. Creating a happy relaxed mamma.
step 3: Using Super-foods in pregnancy
Doctors will give you a list of vitamins to take during your pregnancy. iron, vitamin D and folic acid are the most common. These vitamins did nothing for me because my tests showed I was low in curtain vitamins. This got me wondering if they where really working? vitamins are just chemical compounds (not natural). They can be more harm than good. I have stopped taking vitamins,l. instead i make vegetable smoothies or fresh juices and add the Miessence superfoods to give me an extra boost.
Step 4: Getting Organised before baby comes
Being organised during pregnancy is so important. Making sure you have your cot or bassinet set up, and a change table with nappies and wipes that are easy to reach. Hang clothes instead of folding this will save you time when it comes to putting clothes away. You will most likely get a lot of presents from you family and friends, so don’t buy until you have organised all the presents. By making sure your organised you decrease your stress levels and anxiety. I was so calm in hospital because I knew when I got home the house was tidy and organised, and my husband loved the hanging idea because he could find outfits easier.
step 5: Getting used to mother hood and learning to relax.
Becoming a first time mum is difficult only because you’ve never done it before. your new rolls are breastfeeding, nappies, contorting your newborn, getting less that 3 hours at a time and trying to keep up with house duties. Before baby you might have had a full time job and hobbies. It is very important not to get overwhelmed with these new jobs. hobbies and house duties might have to be put on the back burner for a little while. take time to learn about your baby and your new duties and except that your life is different now.