Congratulations! You are going to be a mummy! Let that realisation sink in a little bit and cherish that thought. Now, although your little bundle of joy growing inside has given you nine long months to plan for their arrival, you will find that the time will fly by! You may find yourself asking all sorts of questions and, if you are a new mom, you might not have all the answers! Have no fear – by the time your baby arrives, you will be a pro! But to help prepare you, let’s start at the beginning….
First and foremost, be prepared for a change in hormones! You will feel this change happening before your growing tummy starts to show. During your first trimester it is crucial to have an ultrasound done. This simple procedure can be done around the six week mark and can reveal any potential risks, such as any birth defect or if it is an ectopic pregnancy.
The first trimester is when you may experience some pretty interesting cravings. Just embrace it. You may also find yourself turning down some of your favourite foods! Sacrificing your favourite meal for a new addition to your family just might be worth it! Don’t be alarmed if you also experience bouts of nausea during this time. Although it is called “morning sickness” it can hit at any time of day, so be prepared. If you are experiencing severe or really unmanageable nausea, talk to your doctor and work with them to figure out some ways you can help ease the symptoms.
Now remember, you are growing a little human inside and that is going to take a toll on your body. You will likely experience fatigue, your breast may feel tender, and you might find yourself using the bathroom more frequently thanks to the extra pressure on your bladder. Also, you may have a little more gas than usual since your food will be moving more slowly through your digestive system.
After the first trimester, you will be a little more adjusted to life while pregnant so take this time and get ready for the baby’s arrival. Visit your doctor for regular check ups and get excited that your bump will really begin to grow and show! You will also be able to determine the sex of your baby during the second trimester. Or, if you are really brave, you can keep it a secret until the birth!
The third trimester is where you may feel the most uncomfortable and emotional. With all the heightened hormones and maybe a little anxiety of having a baby, you will need to focus on relaxing and distressing. A good nights sleep will definitely help you during the day, so try sleeping with a pillow to help you get more comfortable.
You will know your due date is approaching when you start feeling Braxton Hicks Contractions. This doesn’t mean you are going into labor, they are just helping you prepare for the real deal. Your baby will make its way into this world when he or she is ready and when that happens you can celebrate and begin to enjoy parenthood!
This post was written for Sims Life by Glenn Josephik. Glenn is an account representative and the marketing coordinator at MedCorp LLC, the industry leader and premier business source for used portable ultrasound systems. You can follow Glenn Josephik on Google+.