But having been through it twice, I am twice as qualified to share some tips for anyone who is or is thinking of becoming pregnant. I want to start out with an important note (so important I'm going to obnoxiously caps lock and bold it). SYMPTOMS (or lack thereof) ARE NO INDICATION OF A HEALTHY PREGNANCY. I'm emphasizing this because so many people rely on symptoms. To determine they're pregnant before testing or to determine whether they're miscarrying. Some women never experience stereotypical pregnancy symptoms and have perfectly textbook pregnancies. Some experience every symptom in the book and end up losing their babies before ever getting to meet them. Symptoms come and go and come again, without any rhyme, reason, or relation to that growing bundle of joy.
That being said, here are my 9 tips for dealing with some common pregnancy symptoms:
1) Morning Sickness
|So sick at Disneyland, I had a giant bag of baby carrots I just kept popping in my mouth!|
|Our Christmas card, wearing a bella band because those pants were not going to button|
|Yoga is a fantastic way to help with anxiety during pregnancy.|
4) Breast Growth
|.2 seconds pregnant with Thatkid, wondering why my sports bra was so tight.|
|Don't worry, you can sleep later.|
|Hello my pruney friends!|
7) Constant urination
|Always present, always full.|
Water is SO important. During pregnancy, during non-pregnancy. Most of us don't drink enough. When you do drink enough, the trips to the bathroom become a pretty regular occurrence. I don't think there's really anything you can do to avoid having to go to the bathroom, short of not drinking, which I don't recommend. But I will say that I found it most helpful to take a bathroom trip every hour. I actually combined it with my water intake - 1 hour to finish my water, at the top of the hour, I'd finish whatever was in my glass, make a trip to the bathroom, refill my water, and start all over again. It was almost like a game.
8) Body aches
|Everyone has 10 minutes, right?|
9) Your growing belly
No one loves the weight gain associated with pregnancy, but everyone feels differently about the physical changes. Some women embrace it, but others hate the lack of control they feel. It can be really hard. And my heart goes out to those women. But it is so important to remember that this is not forever! Your body may seem foreign for a couple months, but after that, it will be yours again. And even if you hate the way you look - document it! Not just for you, but for your child, because there's something so fascinating about seeing yourself before you're born! But also, once you're no longer in "that body" you might not mind seeing it as much. Kind of an out of body experience. After my first pregnancy, I also came upon the realization that I should have worn the same outfit each week so I could really see the change. Which is what I did this time around. But if I had been smarter, I would have picked a black shirt instead of a white one, or at least something dark enough to hide the maternity panel on most of the bottoms!