You’re pregnant, what’s next? {Guest Post}

You’re pregnant, what’s next?

Congratulations! You are pregnant! You are excited and nervous at once. Once you settle down, the next question you probably have is “now what?”

You're pregnant, what's next?  getSNAZZY.comStart by scheduling an appointment with your prenatal caregiver. While many women will stay with their gynecologist, some may want to consult with a midwife. A midwife is a health care professional that can provide care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labor and birth, as well as the postpartum timeframe. They also help care for the newborn and can help the new mother with breastfeeding. Talk to your chosen healthcare provider about taking prenatal vitamins and what type of diet you should follow throughout your pregnancy. Many questions will certainly pop up throughout your pregnancy, so it is very important that you are comfortable and confident in your healthcare provider. You should make sure to avoid unhealthy habits, including avoiding the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about any medications you are currently taking and if they should be altered or stopped completely during your pregnancy.

Next, decide when you are going to tell your family and friends. Many families decide to share the news after the first trimester is behind them. Others decide to share the news immediately! Ultimately there is no right or wrong answer and it will be a different decision for each person.

It is important to be ready for all the different changes that will happen to you physically and emotionally. From swollen ankles to emotional changes, understand that it is all normal. If anything develops that is of concern, make sure to consult your health care provider. If you want more information, a great read that has been a solid standby for millions of women during their pregnancy is “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. It can help you better understand what is happening to your body and how to prepare for your baby.

When it comes to shopping for your baby, there are certainly plenty of adorable products available today! One of the best parts of preparing for your newborn is decorating the nursery. Whether you go with a classic style or design around a theme, there are a wide variety of ways to create the perfect nursery. I really like the variety of nursery sets available at Bambi Baby. Make sure to get a nice rocker/glider for you to sit with your baby and bond! Think about sticking with gender-neutral colors, such as a mint green or a soft yellow.

There will certainly be a lot of activity that takes place over the next nine months. Some will be tough and some will be wonderful. Just make sure to enjoy as much of it as you can!

What would you add to the list? Leave a comment below!

Guest Post: Hillary Farr is a mommy to be who loves learning and writing about her future family. If you’re interested in writing a guest post contact me here.

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