Pregnancy is a magical moment in a woman’s life, and the miracle of creating and developing a real person is second to none in this world. But there is a very unpleasant aspect of this trip that any pregnant woman can attest to.
From that craving for 3 hours of fried chicken to all the weird things that happen to your body that you never imagined, pregnancy isn’t a walk in the garden! Nor does it help with misconceptions and myths coming to you from everywhere.
But do not worry. Everything will soon end and you will get the perfect small gift at the end. In the meantime, here are a few simple tips to make pregnancy easier:
1. Use a Lot of Pillows
Pillows! They are your best friend during pregnancy. A growing abdomen makes it difficult for you to go to bed, and having lots of pillows can make your life easier.
Some pregnant women choose to buy a long pregnancy pillow that extends from head to head and around it. It also helps you lie on your side and avoid rolling, which is important during the third trimester of pregnancy. What if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a special pillow? You just need to collect all the extra pillows in your house and arrange them according to what makes you comfortable!
2. Eat Healthy and Avoid Greasy Foods
You had imagined that being pregnant meant being able to eat a whole box of pizza on your own and no one would notice if you were gaining weight because you’re already doing it anyway, right? Oh boy, I was wrong!
Cravings for fatty foods are common (and harmless from time to time), but they are also accompanied by unpleasant side effects. For example, I suffered from a real heartburn when I was pregnant. Let me tell you, not fun. Try to stick to fresh foods, whole grains, and lean meats to get the nutrition you need, but also to keep everything going well in your body. It will also prevent you from achieving a lot, which may make your child overweight, not to mention the difficulty of losing it later!
3. Misconceptions & “Advice”
As we said, it seems that everyone and his mother have a say in your pregnancy. Prepare yourself, as it will only get worse once the baby arrives! But this also means that this is the perfect time to prepare to ignore all these “tips” later.
Nor does it help that many of these “tips” are often misconceptions that make a pregnant woman’s life much more difficult, even if in good faith. The best thing to do here is to do some research. Find out if what you are told has a scientific basis (because the ancients are sometimes right), and always follow the advice of a doctor at the end.
4. Be Prepared, But Flexible
Pregnancy and childbirth do not come with a guide, and everyone is different. But it is also important to educate yourself about it so that you are not surprised by the most amazing details about it. This way you can also prepare for an emergency and learn to recognize an emergency.
That said, you will also need to be flexible. Everything you read online or hear from friends does not apply to you, your doctor, the hospital, your child, etc. While there are things that should not be overlooked, others are not worth highlighting in the long run.
5. Flaunt Your Pregnancy
One of the benefits of pregnancy is that people – even strangers you barely know – will do their best to make you comfortable. It’s okay because you deserve it!
So if you are still standing in a long line and you are in a hurry, don’t be shy to get your stomach out and let people know you are pregnant. When you get home, tell your partner that your feet are in pain after a busy day and how you would like a massage. Trust me it works!
6. Have a Support Group of Expectant Mothers
One of the best tips I received when I was pregnant is to have a support group made up of pregnant women, not already pregnant, but now pregnant. This is important because only these women understand what you’re going through. Even those who have experienced this in the past tend to “forget” what it really is, especially when it comes to the emotional part and anxiety of pregnancy.
As a bonus, the support group from the mother can slowly move to the support group from your mother, which is also important for the same reasons.
7. Enjoy Your Pregnancy
Yes it is difficult. But just remember that it will be over soon and you will be illiterate (woah)! There is no point in coming back after this.
If you are your mom for the first time, take advantage of this extra sleep time that will happen many sleepless nights. Spoil your partner, take advantage of all the attention you receive from friends and family and buy to get the best deals and the best clothes for your child. Take your pregnancy one day at a time. Enjoy watching your child navigate your stomach, talking to him and singing for him. Soon they will be in your hands!