First Pregnancy? Me Too!

Today on the blog, our guest blogger Jackie talks about her remarkable pregnancy experience and provides some tips for moms who are expecting. Can you relate to her experiences? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

My Rookie Pregnancy Experience and Things I Have Learned Along the Way

Finding out I was pregnant was both a remarkable and overwhelming feeling. Knowing that I was finally going to have the baby I always wanted was one of the happiest, yet surreal moments of my life. Jon and I were married just this past June. So you can imagine that while we didn’t want to wait too long to start a family, we did not expect it to happen so soon. But, there we were, 4 months after the wedding and already ready to be parents.

First order of business:
Now that the little white stick clearly said PREGNANT, it was time to tell my hubby the wonderful news! He was just as excited, shocked and happy as I was.
The first words out of his mouth: “okay…don’t worry…I can totally rub your feet and stuff!” (He’s a keeper)

The plan after that was to wait and not tell anyone else until I went to the doctor. Little did I know that the doctor wouldn’t see me until I was 8 weeks along! So, with only 2 weeks into my pregnancy, I decided the next logical person to tell was my 95-year-old grandmother. She was elated! But who was I kidding, I told the rest of my family the very next day…

I am now four and a half months pregnant and I feel great. Apparently, I am having a great pregnancy! No morning sickness, nausea…just sleepy and hungry most of the time, but I hear that is completely normal.

Being a pregnancy rookie, there are a few tips that I have learned along the way that I can offer to other expectant moms:

Download a pregnancy app on your phone.
It keeps track of everything from the size of your baby, to your symptoms, to your doctors’ appointments. It also gives you weekly, helpful information about your growing baby and what you may be experiencing. The app that I have been using is Ovia. I like it best because it is fun and even helps you gauge the size of your growing bundle of joy by comparing it to fun things like toys and fruits.
Baby Center is another great app with product recommendations and more in-depth insight of what your baby is looking like inside the womb.
Having these apps helps those expectant, moms on the go that may not have the time to pick up a book as a reference guide.

Try out different pre-natal vitamins.
Don’t feel obligated to have a prescription from your OBGYN. There are several over-the-counter vitamins that you can find at your neighborhood grocery store.
I recommend trying a few (your doctor can provide samples) before committing.
I have actually been taking gummy vitamins from Vitafusion. They have a ton of folic acid, which is extremely important and all the other essential vitamins. They are also very yummy; feels like eating candy instead of swallowing a pill everyday. However, if your doctor advises that you need more iron, you may want an additional supplement since these gummies do not have that.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
This is an extremely significant, overwhelming and sometimes confusing time in my life. As a first time mom, I do not have all the answers. I feel it is perfectly acceptable to ask experienced mothers for advice on products, symptoms and anything else I may not be completely clear on. I feel a lot of times expectant mothers may feel dumb for asking something that they may think is obvious to everyone else. But again, don’t feel like you can’t ask questions, especially to your doctor, because there will be things that you just don’t know.

With almost 6 more months to go, I am sure there will be more lessons to learn. I am simply excited for the journey that lies ahead.

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