Wednesday, September 7, 2011

2 Must-Dos For Expectant Mothers

Even though it's been a while since I was pregnant, I still harp on what I should have done differently. There are two things that I wish I could go back and change. 

The first one would be to document everything with photographs. No big surprise about that advise since I love to document everything through photography.

If you're expecting, take tons of pictures (specially of your growing belly)! Even if your pregnancy has you crying with back pain or vomiting still in your 8th month. One day you won't remember just how bad it was and you'll wish you had pictures of the miracle that is creating a life inside you. Kids also love to see the "story of them", so if anything, do it for the kids' sake.

If you have the energy to put a photo book together like this one, even better! I wish so much I would have done this.

Pinterest has tons of inspiration for prego pic ideas. I'm not sure if it's still this way, but for whatever odd reason, you need an invite to join Pinterest. If that's still the case, send me an e-mail or leave me a comment with your e-mail address and I'll hook you up. 

These are some pictures of my cousin (my inspiration for this post), who after many years of waiting, trying, praying, and hoping, is finally expecting not one, but two little ones!!!
Unfortunately for me, she lives in Spain so I can't go camera-happy on her. I just about bugged her to insanity for her to shoot some pics to send to me. I got iPhone-quality photos so you can bet I'll still harass her to take some with a "real" camera.

The second thing I would change is reading The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy... cover. to. cover.
Really, any pregnancy book will do but Vicki Iovine walks you through every step of the way of your pregnancy with comprehensive, yet hilarious, insight. Reading her book is like talking to a really wise and witty girlfriend. Now here's what I want to make sure you do, read EVERYTHING in the book. I skipped through certain parts because I just thought that, for some miraculous reason, they wouldn't apply to me. If you see something that says "rare", like, um, I don't know, mastitis, READ ABOUT IT! Knowledge is power!

What advise would you pass on to a mommy-to-be?
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Kelli @ RTSM said...

I did a terrible job of documenting my pregnancies...probably because I felt fat and miserable most of the time! Now I wish I had a little more to remember it by since I know I won't be pregant again!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

How lucky is your cousin! That's wonderful! And, I'm jealous that she has no stretch marks.

It's been over 16 years since my last pregnancy~but I would say NEVER feel guilty about taking a nap. You're growing a person, for pete's sake! It's hard work. Sleep!

Jody said...

As an infertility survivor, it is so neat to see the joy on your cousin's face. And no stretch marks?! That girl is blessed! :) I too wish I would have documented my pregnancy better. We did take regular photos of my growing belly, and did a professional shoot at 8 months, but I didn't document anything in a journal fashion.

My two bits of advice to a mommy-to-be:
1. When they warn you about hemorrhoids, its for a reason! The Girlfriend's Guide was great about this one. Keep up that fiber intake.
2. The itchy belly might not just be your skin stretching - it could be PUPPS. And PUPPS made my last few weeks of pregnancy terrible! Call your doc and get some cream to help fight it off.

And enjoy every.single.minute. Pregnancy is the most amazing miracle.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

My poor cousin is only 26 weeks pregnant here!

COTTAG3 said...

I had that book and did read it. Loved it.
Congrats to your cousin! She's in for a wild crazy wonderful ride!