I really wish I knew more veteran moms when I had my first born because I would have been so much more prepared. For most, including me, it seems you get to learn a lot through mistakes simply because you don’t know what life with a newborn is actually like.
Preparing for baby’s arrival is an exciting and busy time. Your body has an intrinsic need to get everything ready. It might even feel neurotic at times. Like when you start color-coding and rolling the onesies as you place them into the nursery dresser. One of the joys of pregnancy, and one that can be…
All throughout your third trimester of pregnancy, the thought of your baby’s arrival is constantly in your mind. Getting to hold your newborn for the first time will be one of the best days of your life. But with the excitement of that new baby, you undoubtedly think about the labor that will get you to that point. What do contractions feel like? How long will labor be for my first birth?
All pregnant women have one thing in common whether it is their first birth or fifth: some sense of anxiety about labor and delivery. This is because so much of it is unknown. Will childbirth classes help with this? Are birth classes necessary?
In this 40 weeks pregnant update, we have a baby! Here I detail my birth story which included an epidural and a lot less pushing than my first birth!
So you’ve made it to second trimester of pregnancy. Hopefully with a lot more energy and subsiding symptoms from the first trimester. Are you wondering what you should be doing in your second trimester to stay on track of the baby preparations? Do you feel like your to-do list is never ending and are wondering when to prioritize which baby-related tasks?
Childbirth classes are a helpful way for you to feel educated and prepared to go into labor. However, finding a class that you like and can commit to going to can feel impossible. That’s why I found and reviewed four amazing online childbirth classes available to fit your lifestyle, needs, and birth wishes.
Nothing can be more frustrating than the waiting game for when will labor start. Every single day, I would always wonder if today would be the day. As I got closer to my due date, my feet were swollen, and my belly was so big that I swear I waddled everywhere, I just wanted to know when baby would arrive.
Follow Trina’s pregnancy with week-by-week baby bump updates. At 39 weeks pregnant, we discuss early signs of labor, and week 39 pregnancy symptoms such as pelvic pain. You also see Trina’s 39 weeks pregnant belly bump.
Setting yourself up with a postpartum care kit before baby arrives is essential. By creating a postpartum care kit that is outfitted with everything you need to be comfortable, you will heal faster and save your partner a trip to the store for supplies after baby arrives.
Learning about your postpartum recovery before labor and delivery is smart. I focused so much on the actual birth, that I really didn’t know what to expect in the weeks after birth. I knew I needed to get some pads and witch hazel wipes, but that was about it. I wish I’d read about how I would feel, common discomforts and learned healing tips while I was preparing for birth.
So you’ve gotten your big fat positive, celebrated the big news with your partner, and the reality of pregnancy is just starting to set in. Sound about right?! Welcome to the first trimester of pregnancy, mama! There’s already so much you can do to get this pregnancy started on the right foot. Getting organized and planning for baby’s arrival really does begin now.
Follow Trina’s pregnancy with week-by-week baby bump updates. At 38 weeks pregnant, we discuss early signs of labor, and week 38 pregnancy symptoms such as nausea. You also see Trina’s 38 weeks pregnant belly bump.
Pregnancy is often a time centered around the birthing mama. Right from the beginning, you and baby start to bond as baby grows inside you. Are you wondering how to get your husband excited about pregnancy too? I know that in the beginning it was challenging for my husband to get excited about pregnancy and bond with baby while she was still in my belly. This was especially true in the early weeks and months when I wasn’t showing and he hadn’t yet felt her kicks.
Whether you are the mama-to-be or the baby shower hostess, one of the first big tasks you will accomplish together is the shower invitations. Are you working on your guest list, choosing your theme and other fun details for your baby shower? How about your invites? You might not think twice about shower invites. However, invites are one of the most important aspects of a shower.
Follow Trina’s pregnancy with week-by-week baby bump updates. At 37 weeks pregnant, we discuss preparing a toddler for a new baby, and week 37 pregnancy symptoms. You also see Trina’s 37 weeks pregnant belly bump.