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little tidbits… about pregnancy

[About pregnancy: part 1 of 6 originally published here as part of “100 things I’ve learned about pregnancy, birth, babies, and motherhood” in honor of my 100th blog post.]

1. Don’t worry about timing your baby “just right”. Most people take a few months to get pregnant anyway.

2. Forget #1 and do everything possible to not be in your third trimester in the middle of summer.

3. Your pregnant elephant ankles will return to normal. Just hang in there.

4. Take more naps. Don’t wait for the baby to be born so you can “nap when the baby naps”… He might not be a good napper.

5. Ask your husband’s employer if he can take an extra week of paternity leave if you end up having an unplanned c-section.

6. You have no idea about your capacity to burp and fart until you’re into your second trimester. Just you wait.

7. Don’t feel guilty if the gender of the baby on the ultra sound isn’t what you were expecting (or hoping for). It’s normal and will pass. (And you will be so happy about your little boy or girl that you’ll forget about it anyway.)

8. Wear fitted clothes – your bump is beautiful and you look cuter without extra frump.

9. Don’t buy maternity clothes if you can get around it. Just buy a belly band or button extender and wear your normal clothes.

10. If you do buy anything, buy long tank tops that you can layer under other “normal” shirts. Or better yet, buy nursing tank tops (You will live in them during those first few postpartum months, whether you are layering over them or not.)

12. Enjoy that beautiful skin. Unfortunately it doesn’t last.

13. Enjoy that hair. You will soon be shedding it in copious amounts.

14. Save receipts because you really don’t need that bottle sanitizer.

15. Use your birthday money on yourself, silly girl. That little baby will get more presents than you know what to do with.

16. Get educated about giving birth. The more you know, the more you will be empowered and the less scared you will be.

17. Have some understanding about c-sections and recovery… just case.

18. It really is reasonable to let the lady with small children move to the front of the line. Start now – you reap what you sow.

19. Read differing parenting philosophy books and then decide for yourself what’s best for you and your family.

20. In light of #19, be prepared to change your mind later if you need to.

Dear friends, what little tips would you like to pass on to the girls about pregnancy?


  • Reply Shirley 16 October 2011 at 9:43 pm

    you forgot to mention how IMPORTANT it is to “appoint” a great birth team! They were the only “birth-drugs” that i know of.. 🙂

    • Reply Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos 16 October 2011 at 10:20 pm

      oh yes, for sure!! this post is from my first pregnancy… so i’d be sure to add a few things after round two. recruiting an amazing birth team would now be up toward the top of my list FOR SURE! 🙂

  • Reply Mandy@ asortafairytale 17 October 2011 at 1:00 am

    These are awesome tips!! I remember the elephant ankles all too well and am definitely not looking forward to having them again. I will appreciate my little skinny ankles while I can 🙂

    • Reply Adriel 19 October 2011 at 9:35 pm

      I actually missed them this time because I wasn’t pregnant in the summer. OH, it makes SUCH a difference to have your 3rd trimester in the winter instead of the summer!!!! Maybe you’ll be lucky this time too. 🙂

  • Reply Melissa 17 October 2011 at 2:26 pm

    i love all of these!! i had to laugh at #15 as I pretty much just blew all my birthday money on my toddler and some baby boy clothes for the next baby!! whoops!

    • Reply Adriel 19 October 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Oh, shame on you Melissa! 😉

      (But I totally understand!!)

  • Reply Teva 17 October 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Amen to #2. I will do everything in my power next time to avoid this scenario.

  • Reply Alicia 18 October 2011 at 3:54 am

    My first baby girl ended up being a fall baby… So I ended up living #2. Thankfully summer 2009 was a little cooler then normal or else I’m not sure how I would of handled it. I think a little tip I’d give is don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’m a very independent person….but what I’m learning being preggo with #2 and having a toddler. I need to let others help or ask for help even if I don’t want to. 🙂

    Hope your enjoying your time with your new little bundle of love!!

    • Reply Adriel 19 October 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Yes, I totally agree! I learned to ask for help with #2 because I really needed to! It’s so different being pregnant with a toddler……….!

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