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10 ways to Live Your Best Pregnant Life

Can you live your best life Pregnant?

Yes!

It is  true, pregnancy will challenge you, it will fatigue you, and it will transform you. Pregnancy is one of the most miraculous events you can experience, but that’s not to say its easy. Truthfully, it can be a hard journey. Studies have shown that if a mother is depressed , anxious, or stressed while pregnant, it can increase the risk of affecting the child later in life ( Glover,2014).

That’s why my goal, hope and passion is that everyone who is expecting a child experience peace and joy. No matter what way you are expecting a baby; through pregnancy, adoption, or surrogacy- img_8347 I want you to experience a stress free, happy, joyful, peaceful season as you wait on your little one.

Understandably, each person is different and experience ‘joy’ in their own ways. I hope I can help you embrace this season of your life.

Listed below are 10 helpful ways to Embrace your Pregnancy and “Live your Best Pregnant Life”

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Simple Enough , right? However, with pregnancy there is a lot of information coming at you: ways to be healthy, family and friends input, internet , instagram, celebrity pregnancies. There are so many opportunities to feel like you are not “doing it right”.

Who’s to say what’s right. The main goal: is always Healthy Mom/Healthy Baby. As long as you and your doctor/midwife are in agreement. Tune out the extra noise and

Just Breathe

Breathe in the positivity that a new baby is coming into your life

Breathe in the knowledge that you are Strong Enough to bring forth life and nurture life once it arrives

Breathe in dreams and hopes of what’s to come

Breathe out doubts and insecurities and know

you are More than Enough

Just Breathe

2. Celebrate

This does not have to be a big party- but then again it can be. Thei this is your story. If you want to celebrate with a ‘Pregnancy Announcement’ party , Gender Reveal or Baby Shower.

 

 

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You can also celebrate in small ways. Taking joy in the thought of your son and daughter joining your family. You can celebrate by saving the first “official” photo (Ultrasound). Keep a pregnancy journal.

Celebrate sharing the news with family and friends- Make this a special moment you will remember always.

3. I think I Can!  Be Positive

Pregnancy is definitely as season of transition. Be it your first pregnancy or second/third pregnancy; it can be scary, nervous, exciting. It can even be fearful at times as you strive you do everything ‘just right’ .  Try to focus your mind on the end goal: healthy baby/healthy mom. Think of the positive things about pregnancy.  The things that make you happy while you are pregnant.

 (Of course if you have concerns – talk to your doctor or midwife right away).

This doesn’t mean if you are nervous, scared , depressed etc to not talk about it. It is always okay and encourage to discuss with your provider how you are feeling. You can experience signs and symptoms of depression during pregnancy. It is very important you speak with someone if you experience any symptoms.

Another thing to remember, surround yourself with positive people that uplift you and the life you are carrying within. You want family and friends near by who add to your experience in a positive way.  Remember its okay to set boundaries during this time.  The focus is healthy mom/healthy baby.

 

Which leads me to ….

3. Embrace the Season you are In (Acceptance)

Pregnancy : the time in your life where you will gain between 25-35 pounds and be encouraged to do so .

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 (Always talk to your doctor and/or Midwife about what is a healthy weight gain for you).

Embrace your baby bump, your curves, the life you are carrying.

Embrace this season in your life.

It can easy to get into your ‘To Do ‘ list, working, caring for your family. This pregnancy may be your 3rd or even 10th pregnancy, and you are pretty use to the ‘whole pregnancy thing’.

However, remember, this is the only time you will be pregnant with this baby. The only time  you will walk nurturing your child from within. This is the time to bond with your baby even before its born.

While its challenging at times to carry a baby, its also a pretty miraculously time.

Take a moment to just embrace and appreciate the strength, wonder and amazing job your body can do.

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4. Be Healthy!

Focus on a healthy lifestyle while you are pregnant.

The Mayo Clinic , 2017 states eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. After all, the food you eat is your baby’s main source of nutrition.

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Get Physical

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(WITH DOCTOR/MIDWIFE APPROVAL)

If you are healthy with a normal pregnancy- Get physical. If your health care professional gives you the OK to exercise, you can decide together on an exercise routine that fits your needs and is safe during pregnancy  (The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologist (ACOG), 2017).

Benefits of Exercise (ACOG, 2017)

  • Reduces back pain
  • Eases constipation
  • May decrease your risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean delivery
  • Promotes healthy weight gain during pregnancy
  • Improves your overall general fitness and strengthens your heart and blood vessels
  • Helps you to lose the baby weight after your baby is born

 

5.Expect the Unexpected

I say pregnancy is a journey and you are traveling on a road with signs pointing int eh right direction- but there is always detours.

It is nice to have a plan and the way you expect or hope your pregnancy to go. However, this is one time in your life- you cannot totally control.  Relax and follow your path. You may not have an easy smooth pregnancy (although, I hope you do!). Your pregnancy journey may take you on a high risk path. Your pregnancy journey may detour with twins, preterm labor or bedrest. Remember , even with these ‘detours’ you can still have a stress-free, joyful pregnancy.

Take each moment, each second as they come. Focus on each small progress and declare It is well!

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Growing a whole human. Birthing a whole human. Raising a human.  The thought of what is happening and to come can be intimidating. While you cannot prepare for every scenario in life. Having an understanding of possibilities and how to address each situation helps.

Use this time in your pregnancy to take a Childbirth Education Class, Infant CPR class, Breastfeeding Education Class and or Parenting Class. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents who are experiencing the same things  you are. These classes can help you learn new skills and lessen your anxiety about this new role you are about to embark on !

Check with your Provider who can provide information if your health system offer classes and where. Most times insurance will cover all or most of the cost of the classes.

7. Say No!

Live your best life by saying No!  If you are too tired to meet friends for dinner. Say No. If you do not want to pick up extra hours at work. Say No. If you just want to sit and relax- Say Yes. This is the time in your life to be at your best. If that means you do not feel like doing what you use to or going places you normally would. It is okay to say No. Remember don’t feel guilty or embarrassed. This is the time you are to  live your best pregnant life. If that means you need to be focused on your needs to help you do that. Then it is okay to do it!

Just say No!

8. Say Yes!

This is your time and your story. It is the time to Say Yes! to the things that make you and your family happy during this pregnancy. If you want to have that extra nap- Say Yes! If you want to do a glamour pregnancy photo shoot- Say  Yes! If you want to just relax and enjoy ‘me time’- Say Yes!  Keep the pregnancy between you and  your husband in the beginning- Say Yes! Tell only close family /friends-Say Yes!

What makes you happy this pregnancy? What makes you feel relaxed and at peace?

Choose those things and invite them into your world- and

Say Yes!

9. Wear the Gorgeous Maternity Clothes

Today’s Maternity Clothes are cute, chic and classy. They really celebrate your bump! Take advantage and try the different styles until you find the one that’s  you.

Embrace ‘Rocking the Bump’.  Walk in Confidence, Walk in Style. Walk knowing not only are you healthy and well growing a human. You also look fabulous doing it!

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10. Be You

The most important thing to remember when ‘Living Your Life during Pregnancy’ is to make it uniquely yours. What works for someone else,may not work for you. Just having the opportunity to grow a human is Amazing on its own- even without doing anything else.

Find what brings you peace, joy , and eliminates stress and do it!

 

 

 

 

Happy Best Pregnant Life to you moms-to-be and moms-to-be-again

 

By :

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Mary E., RN,BSN, MSN

I’m a Wife ,Mother, Registered Nurse

“Advocate for All Pregnant Women”

 

 

I would love to hear from you: What helps you have a stress free pregnancy? What makes your parenting life the best?. Any questions or concerns, Or just to chat.

I look forward to hearing from you. Be sure to like and share this post! 🙂

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E-mail: theamazingadventuresofpregnancy@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Sources:

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologist. (2017). Exercise During Pregnancy. https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Exercise-During-Pregnancy

Glover V. (2015) Prenatal Stress and Its Effects on the Fetus and the Child: Possible Underlying Biological Mechanisms. In: Antonelli M. (eds) Perinatal Programming of Neurodevelopment. Advances in Neurobiology, vol 10. Springer, New York, NY

Mayo Clinic Staff ( 2017). Pregnancy nutrition: Healthy-eating basics Smart food choices are the cornerstone of pregnancy nutrition. Find out what — and how much — to eat.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

 

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Pregnancy Love Month : #10 Pregnancy brought me you!

Today’s #PregnancyLove Month is a celebration of Pregnancy.

Words cannot say how much I love the pregnancy process.

Personally-because it brought me Her!

My baby girl

A dream come true

Faith Manifested

Blessings abundantly

Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice

 

 

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My intelligent , inquisitive, loves the Lord, sensitive, creative , great sense of humor, lover of all things from the stuffed animal world,  will one day be a world traveler baby girl.

She is everything I ever needed and wanted and then more.

My Pregnancy Journey brought to her

and for that

I am forever grateful!

 

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Pregnancy Love Month: # 9 You are Not Alone

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love,

I want to take a moment to celebrate 

You are Not Alone!

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You walk with the glow of confidence , knowing your baby is with you. You can feel their kicks , rolls and flutters. Your love for them is already all consuming!

Your Pregnancy Journey, is miraculous. It is the one time in your life  where you physically walk with the one you love every day, every moment , every breath. It is the time in your life where you are truly helping with the miracle of life. A time in your life where you are sustaining and nurturing your little one-without even touching them .

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This pregnancy journey is a precious time as you connect and bond with your little one, even while they are still in utero. It is AMAZING when you think about when you are pregnant; your baby can hear your heartbeat from the inside, feel your emotions and form a connection that is far greater than anything you could imagine.

Today, celebrate #pregnancylove ,

celebrate the pregnancy journey

that let you walk

heartbeat to heartbeat

with the one you love

who’s within.

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Pregnancy Love: #8: Dreaming of Your Baby to Be !

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love,

I want to take a moment to celebrate 

dreaming about the baby you

will soon meet!

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Pregnancy is an opportunity to dream. Dream about your hopes, promises, future and who your baby will be.

Is the baby a boy or girl? Tall or Short? Dark hair or light hair? Freckles or none?

The truth is it doesn’t matter- Whoever your baby is and will become is

perfection.

Personally , I think this is the perfect thing to celebrate during #Pregnancy Love Month. From the moment you begin to attempt to conceive to that positive pregnancy test and throughout your entire pregnancy- You are dreaming.

Dreaming about when you will become pregnant. When you become pregnant , you dream about how you will tell everyone. How your pregnancy journey will be. You dream about your labor and delivery story. Most important you dream about this baby who is more than “just a baby” , this is your baby. During your pregnancy you not only “see” your baby, you see your future with your child. The places you will go, the things you will do, your new family dynamic; the hopes and dreams you will have for this child

Every moment will be perfect because they are yours.

So for this #Pregnancy Love Moment

Celebrate the dreams that are within you

for your pregnancy

for your future

for your baby

 

 

Happy Dreaming!

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What are you dreaming for your baby?

Comment Below….

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Pregnancy Love : #6 : Glorious Hair

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love, I want to take a moment to celebrate 

having

GLORIOUS HAIR

during pregnancy!

Long , short, curly, straight, brown ,blonde, red or black! Hair during pregnancy is GLORIOUS!

Thank you hormones, especially estrogen ! These hormones cause your hair to grow thicker and stronger. Also during pregnancy , your hair does not go through the natural phase of growth, resting  and hair fall.  The hairs remain giving you longer, thicker Glorious Hair!

Unfortunately, this Glorious Hair does not last. After you have your baby, the hair that did not fall out with pregnancy tends to shed. This occurs as your body returns to its pre-pregnancy state and hormones return to normal levels.

However, for now , Celebrate #PregnancyLove Month and Swish that glorious hair as you rock your baby bump!

 

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Did you notice hair growth during your pregnancy- on  your head and other places..

Share your stories below….

 

References

 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist. Skin Conditions During Pregnancy. (2014). found online : https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Skin-Conditions-During-Pregnancy

 

 

 

 

 

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Pregnancy Love: #5 : Telling the Grandparents

 

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love, I want to take a moment to celebrate 

the sweet moment

you tell your

Parents they will be

GRANDPARENTS!

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This pregnancy is a special moment for you and your parents. It is a moment for them to see you as parents and experience the joys seeing you experience the joy they had when they raised you. img_7123

Its a moment for them to look at you through new eyes . Possibly the moment where they truly realize you are now the “Parent” and not only their child. This is when they have the opportunity and honor to be proud of you being a mother /father and not only their child.

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This is also the time were they can relax with the child raising and focus on the Loving and the Spoiling. “Grandma/Grandpa is my name and Spoiling is my Game ” .

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Make the moment you tell your parents you are pregnant special. Do not be surprise if they have guessed it already 🙂 (Parents have an uncanny ability to do that).

Today during #Pregnancy Love Month:

Celebrate the moment you tell your parents you are having a baby !

Please share how you told your parents you were pregnant and their reactions.

Comment below

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#PregnancyLove

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Pregnancy Love : #4: First Ultrasound

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love, I want to take a moment to celebrate 

Seeing   your

Baby

For the First Time

on

Ultrasound

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It is a wonderful feeling to know you are pregnant, to have feel pregnancy symptoms and know there is life within. Take that feeling and multiply it by 100- when you have your first ultrasound and you can “see your baby“.

That is why today for #Pregnancy Love Month, I want to celebrate that first ultrasound. An ultrasound is used to monitor pregnancy and to diagnose and monitor medical conditions that are not related to pregnancy (American College of  Obstetricians and Gynecolologist (ACOG), 2017).

This is a moment when your pregnancy becomes tangible. A connection between knowing you are pregnant and “knowing’ you are pregnant. Your first ultrasound is an  opportunity to ‘ see’ your baby. You may receive your first ultrasound at 7-8 weeks for a dating ultrasound. Do not be surprise if your baby looks like a “little bean”. Your doctor may schedule your  first ultrasound for an Anatomy ultrasound around 18-22 weeks, which is also called a Fetal Survey. This is the ultrasound where the doctor can see your baby in its entirety organs, bones, growth, and gender if  you desire.

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Whenever, you have your first ultrasound, CELEBRATE IT! This is the moment you can see that  your baby is thriving inside of you.

Celebrate your baby that you are ‘seeing’ . Celebrate your baby that  you are helping  blossom and become who he/she was born to be. Celebrate ‘seeing’ a dream come true!

Celebrate another reason to Love Pregnancy!

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Do you remember your first ultrasound?  Do you have an ultrasound story to tell. Comment below. I would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

Reference

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecolologist (ACOG), 2017

 

 

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Pregnancy Love #1: Positive Pregnancy Test

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love, I want to take a moment to celebrate 

the

POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST!

Your pregnancy journey may have began with challenges. Your journey may have been long waited with anticipation and nervousness. A desire you wanted more than anything, counting the days until that little stick tells you : You are Pregnant!  Or your journey may have begun with a “I wasn’t “trying” yet here we are moment” : ‘A blessing baby’ , I like to call it.

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 I want to take this moment in time to Celebrate all of the Positive Pregnancy Test that will happen during  the month of February. It does not matter what your story of pregnancy is or where/how your journey started. It is your story to be Celebrated!

This is the beginning of a new world for you, even if this is not your first pregnancy.  This baby will be an  addition to your world that will bring its own happiness, and challenges and unspeakable joys.

That Positive Pregnancy Test will forever be ingrained in your memory of when you first found out you were having a baby!  Surprised? Happy? Disbelief? a Huh? moment a What am I going to do? moment, A finally moment as a singe tear slips down your face.

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This is your story  and it began with that Positive Pregnancy Test.

This month of Love: take a moment to own your story, your journey.

Relax in this season and prepare for a roller coaster ride of Pregnancy. For it is a journey that is unique  to you.

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Coming  Soon To You!

 

 

 

By: Mary Echols, Wife/Mother/Nurse

I would love to chat with you: send me a note: theamazingadventuresofpregnancy@yahoo.com

 

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February : Pregnancy Love Month

February : The Love Month

Pregnancy is beautiful, amazing, miraculous. What better time to celebate the Miracle of life than during the Month of Love: February!

The Month of February is a fun time to celebrate everything there is to Love about Pregnancy. Often we hear about the Pregnancy Woes, complications, pains, aches and discomforts. ( All of which are true.)

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                      Sometimes you just need to nap, and that is 100% okay.

However, while the pregnancy journey is not always smooth and easy- it is definitely worth it!

Therefore, during this Month of Love, I want to Focus on the Lovely aspects of Pregnancy. I’ll attempt to write a post a day that focuses on one aspect of Joyfully being pregnant, in hopes to inspire , encourage, give hope and encourage all the #momtobe and #momtobeagain to enjoy this season of pregnancy.

Welcome Everyone to the Month of #Pregnancy Love

By: Mary Echols, Wife/Mother /Registered Nurse

Find me to chat: theamazingadventuresofpregnancy@yahoo.com

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Reducing the Risk of Birth Defects

The road of pregnancy is not always smooth and joyful.

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There are times when you are met with challenges and unexpected results. Birth Defects are one of those road blocks that stop you in your tracks and cause you to travel an unexpected road.

While this may not be the journey you want or the road you want to travel-there is hope. I recommend if this is your journey, to connect with a doctor you trust, make sure to ask all of your questions and fully get an understanding. 

 

Remember the birth defect is not your fault and you are not alone; every 4 and ½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States (Center for Disease Control, 2008). 

Birth defects are common. Every 4 and ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. That translates into about 120,000 babies.
Source:https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/facts.html

The  month of January is designated National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month. This annual campaign is promoted by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and throughout Ohio (odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/cmh/bdefects/bdpm.aspx.).

January hosts National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week
http://www.maysville-online.com/news/local/january-hosts-national-birth-defects-prevention-month-and-folic-acid/article_2fb313be-3e3b-5f6b-ae13-b1361bd18ff1.html

 

What is a Birth Defect?

Some of you reading this may be wondering:

 What is a Birth Defect?    Do my baby have one?       Is it my fault?

 

A birth defect is a condition that is present at birth. Some birth defects can be seen right after the baby is born like a club foot, extra fingers or toes. For other birth defects; special test may need to be done to discover them such as hearing loss. While others may not be noticed until later in life (https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Reducing-Risks-of-Birth-Defects).

What Causes Birth Defects?

Of course you may be wondering how can you protect your baby and pregnancy. The truth is many birth defects cannot be prevented because their cause if not known (https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Reducing-Risks-of-Birth-Defects). This can be scary because how can you prevent something from happening when you don’t even know what to prevent?  While that is true,  and some birth defects cannot be prevented:

You can help Reduce the Risk of Birth Defects

Listed below are recommendations from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) that help decrease your risk of birth defects:

  • See your doctor before becoming pregnant.
  • Know your risk factors.
  • Take a daily multivitamin before and during pregnancy.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Use medications wisely.
  • Take care of medical conditions before pregnancy.
  • Do not use alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Prevent infections.
  • Avoid known harmful agents

Pregnancy in itself is a leap of faith and trust throughout the process of conception to delivery and parenting adds another whole layer. The truth is there are many factors that influence a pregnancy and a pregnancy outcome. I encourage everyone who is thinking of becoming pregnant,please schedule an appointment and speak with their doctor even before a Positive Pregnancy Test.

Take each day as it comes, ask questions and trust the journey. Also take a moment to review the Patient Education Information from ACOG ( The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) for more in-depth information on Reducing the Risk of Birth Defects 

https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Reducing-Risks-of-Birth-Defects 

 

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Healthy Mom/ Healthy Baby

by Mary E.,RN,BSN,MSN

Wife /Mother/Nurse

Contact Mary at : theamazingadventuresofpregnancy@yahoo.com