Saturday, 15 September 2012
When I had my pregnancy confirmed, I pretty much only heard “congratulations! Here’s your prescription for vitamins & your follow up appointment." I was away from home at the time with no trusted people to talk to (personal issues, ugh) so I had to learn as I went. I got a good book & found some legit online sites to frequent. Still there’s a lot they don’t tell newly pregnant women. I learned a few things the hard way. I feel a lot better coming into my second trimester, so I figured I’d share the things I learned along the way:
1) Pee at every urge, even if it’s a tinkle. In my line of work, holding your urine in a skill. Sometimes I hold it up to the last second but you shouldn’t do that while you’re pregnant. UTIs are easily treatable (antibiotics won't hurt the baby) but it’s best to avoid them altogether. I went to the ER at 9 & a half weeks because I caught a cold & my asthma was acting up & I found out I had a UTI. At the time I was asymptomatic & in denial because I’d been drinking water like mad to flush out the cold. I was told it’s common in pregnant women & that I should urinate as frequently as possible. Untreated UTIs can lead to bladder or kidney infections & can put you in preterm labor.
2) You get VERY itchy. Yes we know the stomach will itch but I get it all over! I put Palmer’s lotion on every surface of my body from the neck down!
3) Eat even when you aren’t hungry. I don’t mean this as pig out. Even if you aren’t hungry, the baby still needs to eat. Not only that, nutritional changes kick in the second you’re pregnant. It’s not enough to just take prenatal vitamins. There’s fun ways to get you daily requirements in so it doesn’t feel like a chore. Smoothies are easy to make at home & are a good way to get your calcium, fruits & veggie servings in. Cheese sticks & yogurt are good too.
4) Carry snacks & beverages with you. I used to go all day without anything & I'd have one big meal & maybe a snack & I would be satisfied. My appetite shot through the roof since I’ve been pregnant & I try to eat little meals & snacks through the day. If I don’t, I get a bad headache & lightheaded (not to mention cranky because I’m starving). Sometimes you wont be near someplace to get a quick snack so it’s good to carry some nonperishable healthy snacks & some juice or water with you.
5) You may have to change your skincare routine. I found out it's recommended to stop using products with retinoid & acne medicine when pregnant (which seems cruel to me since I’ve gotten some painful acne in my face since being preggo) but the safety of the baby comes first.
Some of this may be “DUH! Obvious…” to some of you but I’m new to this & I found these out on my own. Even books don’t tell you everything. I’m just glad I’m back near mom & that I have doctors who feel no question is stupid.
What would you tell a first time pregnant mom? Did you learn something interesting along your pregnancy journey?