Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Day 2: Bumps

Today is Day 2 of my 5 Days of Birth & Babies for the Review Crew's Hop. Our first subject is: bumps, a.k.a. pregnancy. :)


5 Tips for a Healthy, Happy, and Successful Pregnancy

Many people equate a successful pregnancy with the end result of a safely born little babe. However, a healthy babe is not the only important thing! One of my favorite quotes talks about how when a baby is born, a mother is born too - and that the best thing for a newborn is a happy, healthy mothers. Here are some simple ideas to get you started off on the journey of motherhood on the right path!

1. Read! Read as much as you can on pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. When you have a new little baby your reading time may be limited. There are many good resources out there full of information on all the decisions you'll have to make as a new mom. A few I would recommend for starting out would be "The Birth Partner" by Penny Simkin, "Your Best Birth" by Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein, and "The Year After Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Yourself in Your Baby's First Year" by Sheila Kitzinger.

2. Keep active and try to eat right. I'm not going to lie - I have definitely had pregnancies where I embraced "eating for two." But unfortunately those pregnancies were also my unhealthiest and caused me to have many issues, excessive weight gain among them. Now the occasional indulgence is not a big deal, don't get me wrong. I still go for my cravings at times...but for my last pregnancy I really tried to keep it healthy with lots of fruits and veggies, good proteins, tons of water, and passing (most of the time) on sweets & junk. It made a BIG difference!

3. Ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask your doctors, nurses, or other caregivers why they are doing something. If they suggest a test that you're unsure of, ask for more information or reasoning behind that. If you don't feel they're a good fit, don't hesitate to find someone you feel more comfortable with. They're not only your doctor, they'll be helping you bring your baby into this world as well and you should feel comfortable with that.

4. Seek support. Especially if you're breastfeeding! But even if you're not breastfeeding, having someone who is in the same boat or who has been through motherhood before can be a great help. Find a group that fits you - breastfeeding moms, new moms, moms of twins, a motherhood support group, a group of women from your church that have children - or if a group is unavailable, maybe consider starting one. Or look online! There are many different forums and websites that have mom support groups.

5. Make a birth plan. Although birth can be chaotic and not go exactly as we planned, if you actually write down your thoughts on birth and what you would like to happen, you'll be more prepared. Enlist a doula, husband, and/or other labor support person to create your birth plan and back you up on it. Talk with your doctor/midwife/practitioner ahead of time about your wishes and make sure you're on the same page.

Good luck! And if you have any questions or thoughts, just leave me a comment. Stay tuned for tomorrow's installment on BIRTH!

Day 1 - A Week of B's!
Day 2 - Bumps
Day 3 - Birth
Day 4 - Babies
Day 5 - Beyond

Also, please check out some of my fellow bloggers & the subjects they're talking about!
 Kathy @ Kathys Cluttered Mind ~ Fieldtripping Fun
Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road ~ Great Kids Reads
Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ Canadian Teachers Pay Teachers Stores
Kemi @ Homemaking Organized ~ Homekeeping for Girls and Boys
Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity ~ Planning Your Homeschool Year
Nikki @ Angels of Heart ~ Easter: The Cross for Preschoolers
Jenn @ Treasuring Life's Blessings ~ Family Friendly Finger Food
Lisa @ Golden Grasses ~ The Working Woman's Guide to Homeschooling

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1 comment:

  1. Yay! Babies. I too read a TON on babies when I was pregnant and then later on as a foster mother and adoptive mother. It did help a lot.

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