Pregnancy

3rd Trimester To Do

You’re nearly there! Hooray! I hope you’re just as excited as you are tired of being pregnant. Now that you’re here (or nearly there) let’s take a look at the things you should be taking care of in these final months.

Baby Movements

Keep track of your baby’s movements. If you notice less kicks it may mean there’s a problem and you should contact your doctor. It will also help you feel close to baby. It’s fun to talk with them while they’re moving and kicking around.

Pediatrician

Find a doctor for your baby. Most doctors should let you stop by and talk with them to see if the office (and doctor) is a good fit for you. You’re going to be seeing this doctor a lot, so you want to make sure you like them.

Baby Gear Set Up

Make sure baby’s room is all set up. Get used to working the stroller, get the car seat installed, and get that nursery set up how you want it. Getting familiar with how everything works will help prevent you from being tired with a crying baby and being outsmarted by a car seat. Plus, it can be a lot of fun. It’s a good way to use all that excited/nervous energy you may be having.

Laundry

Get all of your baby’s clothes and bedding washed now. You can get everything all organized and put away now. If you’re behind on your laundry, get that cleaned and put away as well. Don’t cheat and only wash your clothes and let them sit in dryer. It’ll be nice to be able to not worry about laundry for a week when you first get home with baby.

Hospital Bag

Get that hospital bag set up. If you have an extra charger, go ahead and put that in there. Trust me, it’s the obvious things that are easiest to forget. Regardless, make sure you’ve got some clothes for you, your partner, and baby.

Stock up on Personals

Make sure you have shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper, razors, body wash, etc. Get trash bags, soap, and anything else you can think of. Once again, it will be nice to have too many now. You don’t want to be exhausted and then have to run to the store because you are completely out of toilet paper.

Meals

Make some meals and freeze them now. Purchase freezer meals. Get a little stockpile of food. This is another way that you’re just making your life a little bit easier once you bring baby home.

Clean

Get your house as clean as you can. It will be nice when baby is home to have a clean house to come back too. You don’t want to be scrubbing dishes when you just want a bit of sleep. You may be dealing with nesting anyway, so you’ll probably find yourself compelled to do a bunch of cleaning anyway.

Keep Calm

You’re probably nervous and excited. Don’t worry! Practice some relaxation techniques. Treat yourself to a spa day. You’re going to make it through this. You’re going to see your baby and it’s going to be great. Don’t get yourself all worked up.

You’re almost there! This trimester do everything you can to make life easier after your return from the hospital. Also make sure you are taking care of yourself. Take time to yourself, get some special time with your partner, and try not to worry. It will all work out how and when it should.

So, let me know what you think! By the time I was in my third trimester I had nearly everything done and set up, so I just had nervous energy I couldn’t use. Did you like the list? Would you add anything different?

Thank you for reading and see you next time!

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Pregnancy

2nd Trimester to Do

Congratulations! You made it through the first trimester. A lot of people refer this to the honeymoon phase of being pregnant. A lot of women feel more energized than they did last trimester and hopefully your nausea is a bit better than the previous months as well. Whether or not you consider this the easier months, here is a list of things you should be looking at doing during the upcoming weeks.

Prepare for doctor visits

I religiously checked what each and every doctor visit would be like. I don’t like doctors and I like being prepared. You’ll be seeing your doctor roughly every four weeks. For the most part they’re all pretty standard. You’ll get weighed, blood pressure checked, and you’ll be able to talk to your doctor about any concerns. This trimester you’ll be taking the glucose test, so be prepared for that around weeks 24-28. Short version is that you’ll drink a sugary drink, they test your blood, and it will help determine if you have gestational diabetes. There’s a possibility of having to take this twice. One is short (about an hour), the other is three hours.

Decide if you want to know sex

This trimester you’ll get to discover the sex of the baby if you want to. You can opt to not know, have the doctor write it down so you can have a gender reveal party, or you can just find out when you’re getting the ultrasound.

Think about maternity/paternity leave

Will both parents be taking time off once the baby arrives? Some workplaces offer paternity/family leave for expecting parents. Figure out if this is offered, how long it is, if it’s paid/unpaid, and if this is something you’ll be able to take advantage of.

Mom, you get to find out how long your maternity leave is. If you’re newer at your job and FMLA doesn’t apply for you, then figure out how long you’re able to take leave for. Will you be returning to work or will you be staying home with baby?

Finances

Take a good look at your finances and cut back on things you don’t really need. Also, see if you can start saving any more money. Having a baby can definitely put a strain on your finances, but you can do it. This would be a good time to also decide if your family can afford either parent not going back to work.

Baby registry/showers

Decide whether you want to have a baby shower. If so, work on getting that planned out or find a helpful friend who would love to plan it for you (or at least help). Either way, I would make at least one baby registry. There are a lot of cool goodies/freebies you can get for creating registries. Amazon was my go to, the goodies were nice, and honestly it’s just so convenient. When people ask what you need you can direct them to your registry. Another tip, see which of your friends/family has had kids, odds are they have some things that they can give you.

Find/continue prenatal exercises

Keep up the pregnancy safe exercise! It is so good for you. If you take a class then you get the opportunity to meet and connect with people going through the same things you are. It can also keep you motivated to go. However, if a class isn’t for you, you can always find some pregnancy safe exercises online and do them right at home. Just make sure you get some movement in.

Drink water

This is very important through every single trimester. I still recommend getting a big water bottle and taking it with you wherever you go.

Adult time

Some people go with a babymoon, AKA a special holiday for you and your significant other. If this is your first baby, then you might want to take advantage of the last time you’ll be getting some peace and quiet. If this isn’t your first kid, you probably really want to take advantage of this one, just make sure you get someone to watch your other kids.
Even if you don’t think you’ll need one, I recommend doing something, even if it’s just dinner and a movie. It will be the last dinner and movie you’ll have for a while without either worrying about a babysitter and how your baby is doing or without a baby joining you for date night.

Maternity clothes

Get some comfy clothes for you! My main goal while pregnant was comfort. I didn’t care what I looked like as long as I felt good. However, there were times when I was bummed I didn’t have clothes other than yoga pants. So, while I don’t think you should feel obligated to dress up and look nice all the time, you may want to get a couple of cute, flattering clothes as well.

Begin preparing pets and/or other kids

Don’t forget that this is going to be a transition for your other kids (yes, the furry ones as well). Talk to your human kids (if you have them) to try and help them with the transition to getting a new brother or sister. If you have pets, mix up your schedule a bit from day to day and getting them used to walking while you push a stroller. They’re your babies too, so try to make this easier for them as well.

There you have it, some of my second trimester things you should be doing. While you’re busy getting everything prepared try to take some time to enjoy where you are. Being pregnant can be overwhelming at times, so make sure you find some good and remember that too.

Let me know what you think and I will see you next time!

Pregnancy

1st Trimester To Do

So, you’re pregnant. Yay! You’re probably excited and nervous for what the upcoming months have in store for you. Today let’s take a look at the things you should be taking care of during the beginning of your pregnancy.

Start (or continue) taking prenatal vitamins

It’s important to make sure that you and baby are getting the proper amount of nutrients. Prenatal vitamins also contain four important nutrients during pregnancy: folic acid, iron, vitamin D, and calcium. You will continue prenatal vitamins after you give birth. Most women continue them until they finish breastfeeding.

Find your doctor/Make appointment

If you already know who you want to deliver your baby, then great, go ahead and make an appointment to confirm your pregnancy. If not, then do some research and then make an appointment. You’ll be seeing a lot of this doctor and the staff, so make sure you like who you’re seeing. Don’t feel like you need to continue with the doctor you initially chose.

Stop smoking and drinking

If you smoke or drink it’s time to stop. Both habits are linked to negatives for your baby and can be very dangerous. Maybe pick up some of those fancy juices that look like champagne, but are just juice. When I was pregnant I got these on special occasions, put it in a fancy glass, and added fruit. Sure, it wasn’t alcohol, but I did feel more included with my fancy drink.

Eat healthier

You shouldn’t be eating junk food at every meal (and snack) just because you’re pregnant. You want to be getting a lot of good nutrients for you and baby. Yes, even now, at the beginning of the pregnancy. It’s honestly a good lifestyle change to make anyway. Use this as an excuse to get some healthy food into your house.

Get a pregnancy app

While not necessary, I found my pregnancy app a bunch of fun. It allowed me to track my health and informed me how my baby was developing. Take a look through your phone’s app store and give one a try.

Drink water

It is so important to get the right amount of water every day. Just like eating healthy, use your pregnancy to start a good habit. Try purchasing a big water bottle, take it with you everywhere, and make sure you use it!

Start a prenatal exercise routine

Make sure you run your exercises past your doctor to make sure that they’re okay for you. It’s good to stay active during your pregnancy. Prenatal specific exercises also help your body prepare for labor. I did prenatal yoga and it was a great time for me to unwind and relax.

Kegels

Again, find an app on your phone and download it. Kegels during pregnancy can help minimize hemorrhoids and decreased bladder control. They will also prepare those muscles for your labor and delivery. On top of that, after pregnancy Kegels help promote healing and strengthens the pelvic floor again. Stay consistent. I sporadically did Kegels during my pregnancy. A couple days here and then a couple days break. I think I would have felt more empowered and in control during my labor if I had remained more consistent.

Start talking parenting

Start talking with your partner about how you want to raise your child together. Do you want to work after you give birth? Who will take care of making food and cleaning while you heal? There’s a variety of topics that will need to start getting discussed so neither of you are blindsided when the baby gets here.

There you have it. Things you should definitely start getting taken care of in the first trimester. Let me know what you think. Are there things you would add in?

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What Pregnancy Trends I Skipped

The only real pregnancy celebration that I remember people having when I was younger, was the classic baby shower. Nowadays people have fancy pictures to announce their pregnancy, gender reveal parties, baby showers, maternity photos, and even the month to month pregnancy update photos. There’s a lot to take care of and it is understandable that people want to document and remember this time in their lives.

I had a very simple pregnancy. We decided to skip out on a lot of the extra stuff. There’s nothing wrong with them. It just wasn’t our kind of thing. Now that I’m no longer pregnant I’ve taken a look back at my experiences and here are the things that I’m glad that I had, the ones I’m glad I missed, and what I wish I experienced.

Glad to Experience

Birth Announcement: All right, compared to others, my birth announcement was probably pretty average. It did feel really nice to post it to social media and have my friends and family all congratulate us though. The announcement also helped me reconnect with an old friend as well. She was always really nice throughout my pregnancy and checked up on me to see how I was doing. I wouldn’t have gotten that experience with my friend if I hadn’t done an announcement.

3D Ultrasound: We did two of these. The first was early and the second was late in the pregnancy. This was honestly a really beautiful and great experience. The detail is way better than the doctor’s office, and while those ultrasounds are nice, with the 3D ultrasound I really felt like we were seeing and connecting with our daughter. Plus, we got to share the 3D ultrasound with both of our parents, who really appreciated the experience as well.

Month to Month Belly Pictures: I didn’t think I was going to be into this one. I saw some really cute ones that people did though and decided I might as well partake. I’m glad I did. I didn’t do anything fancy. I just put how far along I was in the corner of the picture. It is so crazy to see the changes though. I like being able to see how my body changed and how I grew closer and closer to becoming a mother.

Glad to Pass

Gender Reveal Party: I’m sorry, I just find this one to be pointless. I’m glad people can have them and enjoy them, but it’s not an experience I needed. I also waited to reveal the fact that I was pregnant until I knew the gender of the baby. So, my birth announcement included the gender. It seemed much simpler and I’m glad I did it that way instead.

Baby Shower: Yes, we skipped on the baby shower too. Honestly, not upset. Maybe if my parents didn’t go overboard with making sure I had everything then the baby shower would make more sense. They did take care of a lot and friends and family who were farther away took care of a lot of the rest.

Wish to Experience

Maternity Photos: I obviously took pictures while I was pregnant, but I wouldn’t mind having more professional looking images. Let’s be honest, a lot of the poses are pretty cheesy, but I think overall the experience of actually having the pictures taken would be fun. This would’ve been a good way to get my husband involved too.

Thoughts

Overall, no regrets for my pregnancy experiences. I only posted the birth announcement on social media everything else I kept private. Most of these experiences seem tied to sharing on social media, which wasn’t something we were ever interested in.

Obviously, every person is different. If you want to experience these things, then go at it. Plan those parties and do whatever you want. If you don’t, then don’t be too worried about missing out. Experience your pregnancy however you want to.

Now let me know what you think. What are some pregnancy experiences you skipped out on or wish you experienced?

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Hospital Bag Necessities

Before my daughter was born I was obnoxiously prepared. By the time I made it to my third trimester I had her nursery all set up, clothes washed and put away, I read books, cleaned and organized bottles, and had organized the diaper bag.

So, come those last few months I was bored out of my mind. I became obsessed with making sure that my hospital bag was perfect. I organized and repacked sporadically up until the day I gave birth. Once I got to the hospital I realized that I had completely wasted my time. The hospital provides pretty much everything you need. On top of that, I didn’t account for people giving gifts, so I had way too much to take back.

Looking back at it now these are the items that I would have included in my hospital bag.

1. Chapstick

Honestly, if I could go back I would pack a handful of Chapsticks. By the time I got to the hospital my lips were so chapped they hurt. My husband (of course) didn’t have any Chapstick either. When our family arrived I hadn’t even thought to ask for Chapstick because by then I was just tired and hungry.

2. Fewer Clothes

For both me and Baby. I had this image in my mind of putting Little P in a different outfit every day we were there and me switching clothes each day. I was scheduled for a c-section and ended up having a natural birth beforehand. So, if you consider my packing for a c-section, I packed an okay amount, but once it ended up being natural, I was way overpacked. Either way, one outfit probably would’ve been fine. The hospital provides outfits for your little one and nice meshy underwear for mom. You’re probably not going to want to do much changing into fancy, cute outfits while you’re there and you shouldn’t feel the need to. Also, my main concern was just figuring out Little P while I was in the hospital. She looked just as cute in all the hospital baby clothes.

3. No Makeup

Who was I kidding? I wasn’t going to put makeup on to take pictures while I was in the hospital. I also didn’t care about how I looked in my “going home” pictures. I just wanted to go home.

4. Phone Chargers

This one is a given. Thankfully I managed to remember to pack these. You’ll want to take pictures, make calls, post to social media, etc. Plus you can play your own music and if there’s nothing on the tv you can watch your own movies or shows.

That’s it.

Honestly, you don’t need much more. Chapstick, an outfit to go home in, an outfit for little one, and phone chargers. My hospital provided a toothbrush and toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, and soap. They also have everything you need for your little one. If you want to pump they also provide a breast pump for you. I think anything else you want to bring is more for comfort. It’s nice having certain things from home, but just remember you have to also take it all back and now you’ll have a baby with you. Also, for some reason when packing it never all goes back in quite the same way.

As usual, let me know what you think! Did you overpack or under pack your bag? Did you spend too much time packing your hospital bag like I did?