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From the ah-ha moment when you just knew you were ready, to the adventure that begins with a positive pregnancy test, deciding to have a baby starts a wild new chapter.
Many ask when they should start taking prenatal vitamins. If you are trying to get pregnant you may start now. Otherwise, you should start when you find out you are pregnant.
Stayed the same22%
For the worse - my single friends couldn't relate to what I was going through33%
For the better - they became #1 aunties46%
On average, it takes 6 months of unprotected sex to achieve a pregnancy. Be patient with yourself and your partner.
Improve your chances of getting pregnant by calculating your cycle here!
Getting in good shape before the baby arrives is very important. Exercise has many health benefits such as aiding in sleeping, keeping your metabolism in good check and even helps to ensure an easier delivery. Don't forget exercise also releases endorphins, the hormones responsible for feeling good.
Baby is coming and life has forever changed!
Call your doctor when you find out you are first pregnant. The office staff will arrange for a first prenatal appointment, usually around 8 weeks of pregnancy.
Traditional - Classic, simple, family name 57%
Trendy (gotta love celebrity baby names!) 6%
Don't be afraid to ask questions! Ask other mothers about their experiences and never shy away from asking your doctor too many questions!
My Om Baby of Newburyport says HypnoBirthing® is on the rise - as more moms including celebrities like Kate Middleton & Jessica Alba share how empowering and effective the self-relaxation techniques can be. Classes enable parents to tap in to the body’s natural ability for deep inner relaxation and are suggested for anyone seeking a calm and comfortable birth in any setting.
We taped a picture of the ultrasound to the back of our new wedding album. We showed my mom, dad and three younger sisters one afternoon – every page they turned was nerve-racking! Finally, they got to the end and the house shook from all the jumping and screaming! It was a great memory! Ashley
Your blood volume doubles when you are pregnant to support your baby. Make sure you are drinking lots of water or decaffeinated beverages. You need about 64 oz. per day – which is like drinking 4 Nalgene bottles of water every day!
“Yep, you read that right! Not only does the mom-to-be get showered with gifts, but now grandma-to-be gets her own supply of baby gear too. With more and more baby boomer parents taking on the role of nanny to their grandchildren, moms-to-be are registering for doubles of the must-haves, like car seats, strollers and high chairs, for their parents.” Source: Yahoo! Shine
Awesome – my kids spend so much time with the grandparents, they need their own stroller, car seat, etc. 19%
Too much – friends and family showering the mom-to-be is more than enough 81%
Not for me (it's an excuse to get more presents!) 42%
I'd rather do a fun reveal without the party 39%
A fun new trend 19%
Traditional - All women, party games, opening gifts 69%
Jack & Jill (co-ed)! 26%
I didn't want a baby shower - too much going on already! 5%
In the event that you need help or have an emergency during pregnancy, you should call your doctor or midwife. Someone is available to help you 24/7 - morning, noon and night.
Organizing, planning, readying yourself to welcome baby in to the world
Don't fight your new shape, moms-to-be — learn to dress it with confidence. And don't forget the "fourth trimester," those three to four months after birth when you may still look pregnant. Fashion designer Rosie Pope of "Pregnant in Heels" fame offers tips for dressing a waist you no longer have and selecting nursing bras, and she also explains why pleats are a pregnant woman's friend.
The top 3 things expecting moms really wish they had at the hospital:
Plan for the first two weeks after delivery to be for resting, recuperating and getting to know your baby.
Dads and partners can be prepared to bond with baby a number of different ways: skin-to-skin contact, talking and singing to the baby, bathing and changing diapers, and after 4-6 weeks of breastfeeding-mom can pump her milk and dad can feed baby from a bottle.
Over the top - I don’t need a present for giving birth 37%
Much deserved – after 9 long months it’s nice to get something special (other than the baby!) 43%
I’ve never heard of it! 20%
Grandparents can play an important role. Discuss a plan before baby comes for whether you want your parents and in-laws at the hospital during delivery. Have a plan for when baby comes home and talk about how they can help make it a smooth transition.
When packing for the hospital, don’t forget an extra camera card…they fill up fast! You will also want your own deodorant and clothes from when you were 6-7 months pregnant to wear home.
Organizing/Cleaning ... everything! 78%
Whatever kind of seat you choose (rocker, glider, etc.), create a cozy space in your nursery for breastfeeding where mom and baby can bond in comfort and style. Be sure to put pillows, burp cloths, books and more within easy reach.
Prepare dinners ahead of time and freeze them, so you don't have to think about meals the first weeks of being home with baby.
The latest fitness regimen utilizes the ballet barre for a full-body workout that's also low-impact (perfect for moms-to-be!).
Don’t over buy diapers and bottles ahead of time. Your baby may surprise you with what he/she does or doesn’t like!
Every-so-often but didn't overdo it 44%
Rarely or never posted about pregnancy 51%
Post every little thing (I couldn’t help it!) 5%
After the first check-up with my doctor 55%
After my baby shower 37%
Secretly before I got pregnant (don't tell!) 3%
The day I had a positive pregnancy test 5%
There's nothing like someone who's "been there".
Laundry should be washed in a detergent that has been tested and is safe for use with babies. Mild non-perfumed products are preferable. Bottles do not need to be sterilized, but they should be washed with hot and soapy water before use. The dishwasher is safe too!
Lose weight 36%
Not have to pee every 20 minutes 34%
Wear my regular shoes again 4%
With college costs continuing to climb, banks are doing more to incent parents to start saving earlier. Newburyport Five Cents Savings is so committed to the importance of saving early, when you open a Children’s Saving Account with $5, they will match it with $5. Also, parents who open a checking account can receive a $100 donation to the PTO of their choice.
When home from the hospital, partners can help by taking baby to mom when baby: turns head searching for breast, makes smacking sounds, sucks hand.
Go out on New Year's Eve 23%
All of the above 30%
Take all those offers for help in the beginning, they don't usually last very long! When they come to help, don't feel like you need to entertain....take a nap or a shower without worrying about the baby for a few minutes! Chris C.
Don't worry if your baby isn't doing exactly what the "book" says they should be doing...babies are all different. Do what works for you and your family. Kathryn O.
It is normal for your baby to lose up to 10% of its body weight after birth. Most of the time, simply keeping your baby skin to skin and breastfeeding as often as the baby wants will help the baby to regain its original weight by 2 weeks of age. Still worried? Talk to a lactation consultant and your pediatrician.
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