10 Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women and New Moms

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Life can be stressful and overwhelming at this stage in your life. Take a deep breath and try out some of these pieces of advice.

1. Freezer Meals

When preparing for your baby’s arrival it is good to prepare as much as you can. One of the best things to do is to make meals ahead of time and then freeze them. That way when you are too busy or just too tired to cook you can just defrost and heat up a meal that you have already prepped ahead of time.

2. Stock Up

While prepping for the baby’s arrival it is a good idea to stock up on household items such as soap, laundry detergent, medications, dog food, and whatever else you can think of. That way you can avoid trips to the store once the baby has arrived.

3. Get House Projects Done

Do you have any house projects you want to get done? Try to get them completed before your baby arrives because you may not have time when the baby is around or may want to be quiet while the baby is sleeping.

4. Everyone is Different

Every pregnancy, labor, and delivery is different. Some women have an easy uncomplicated labor while others have a difficult one. Just know that your healthcare team is there to keep you and your baby safe.

5. Don’t Let Breastfeeding Negatively Affect Your Mental Health

There are many research studies that have found that breastfeeding is very beneficial to both mother and baby. Unfortunately, in some circumstances, breastfeeding may not be the best option due to several reasons. Some women feel guilty about this to the point that it can negatively affect their mental health. Figure out what works best for you and your family. Know that you have to make the choice that is best for your circumstances.

6. You Can Say No to Visitors

People may want to come to meet your newborn when you get home from the hospital. Whatever the reason is, if you don’t feel comfortable with visitors, know that you can say no. Don’t feel pressured to have people over if you don’t want them there. If you do want to have visitors don’t feel pressured to cook, clean, or entertain. People will understand you are busy with your newborn. You can also take advantage of visitors who want to be helpful by asking them to watch the baby while you take a nap, shower, or get some tasks done.

7. Don’t Be Ashamed of Postpartum Depression or Anxiety

Postpartum depression and / or anxiety is a real thing and can lead to severe consequences. Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed if you are struggling. Let someone know and get professional help.

8. You Don’t Need All That Stuff

All the baby products and marketing out there can be overwhelming. You may feel like you need it all but the truth is you don’t. Figure out what products you need for your life and family and don’t go overboard. This will save you money, space, and time.

9. Your House is Not Always Going to be Clean

Don’t feel pressured to always keep the house clean. Focus on taking care of yourself and the baby. The cleaning can wait.

10. It’s Okay to be Scared

It is completely normal to have feelings of unsureness, fear, and insecurity. This may be a whole new experience for you and one that no one can fully prepare for. Just know that you are not alone and you will learn as you go.

Posted in: Obstetrics, Women's Health

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