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Yay, you know you are pregnant, but what do you do now? And guess what?! I am pregnant again with baby #4! You can find all my health and fitness tips over at The Fit Bump if you are pregnant with me!
As a mom of three (soon-to-be 4), I have a list of very important things you want to do as soon as you find out you are pregnant. The initial news of pregnancy is so exciting, but it can leave you in a whirl wind of confusing thoughts and slight paralysis on what to do next! I’m going to walk you through 8 simple, yet very important steps to take as soon as you find out your pregnant. These steps will help you stay healthy, stay sane, stay comfortable, and gear up for your brand new baby! If you are here looking for the best aids for nausea, heart burn and constipation, scroll to the second tip and you’ll see the list. Keep scrolling through, and you’ll see I have the foods you need to avoid, what a healthy pregnancy diet looks like and so much more to get you ready for this pregnancy.
Here’s what I did when I found out I was pregnant with my first, that you don’t necessarily have to do!
When I was pregnant with my first, I thought I immediately needed to get rid of caffeine in my diet. I went cold-turkey no coffee, and the headaches were massive. I was scared I was going to harm the baby, and all I knew was that you weren’t supposed to drink coffee. That was literally the first thing I did, as soon as I saw a positive pregnancy test. The next thing I did was stop drinking alcohol, not that I drank much ever, but that stopped. Then, I went and got a prenatal vitamin at a random grocery store. Little did I know there are some not-so-good prenatal vitamins out there, and the ones I was taking made me more nauseas.
Do these thoughts sound familiar? Let’s stop, take a deep breath, and go through our list of 8 important things to do right now, now that you know you are pregnant.
Here’s What You Really Need to Do, Now That You Are Pregnant:
I am assuming you’ve already made an appointment with your doctor and told the important people who need to know immediately. This is the more obvious first steps, but in case you haven’t done that yet, go do that now! Then head to my steps.
Research Prenatal Vitamins and Choose Wisely:
This is really important. Not all prenatal vitamins are made equally. Many have synthetic vitamins, fillers and other chemicals mixed in them, as well as synthetic folic acid. Depending on your genes, you may not be able to even absorb the folic acid form, and you may need the live version, L-Methylfolate. This is depending on if you have the MTHFR gene mutation that many women have, and don’t know it. There are tests you can take, like this one on Amazon, or I believe your doctor can order it and most insurance companies cover it. If you do have the gene mutation, this is a prenatal vitamin with the live version of Folate. I also to into much more detail on which prenatal I am taking now, and the best ones with Folate verses Folic Acid.
The other important point to keep in mind is that sometimes the pill-forms of the prenatals can add to nausea. This is not fun, and I experienced this. It wasn’t until my 2nd pregnancy that I found the drinkable prenatals. These were much easier for me to tolerate, and I was able to take them at night, so I could get through the day feeling less sick. The gummies are supposed to help with this as well, though I haven’t tried them.
By doing this research, you can make sure you choose the best prenatal vitamin for you. I highly recommend taking some time to go through the ones I recommend, and make sure they sit well with you. Your doctor also may have samples for you too.
Learn What A Healthy Pregnancy Diet Looks Like:
Eating a healthy pregnancy diet is really important for your health, your baby’s health and managing your weight gain. A healthy pregnancy diet also means avoiding certain foods that can be dangerous during pregnancy.
Some foods to avoid while pregnant include:
- Cheeses like Gorgonzola or Danish blue cheese made with mold
- Raw or partially cooked eggs
- Raw or under-cooked meat
- Liver products
- High doses of vitamin A
- Fish high in mercury
- Raw shellfish
- Cold cured meats
- Unpasteurized milk
Eating a healthy pregnancy diet involves lots of fruits and veggies, lean proteins and healthy carbohydrates like quinoa and brown rice. I personally LOVE this protein powder for pregnancy protein shakes, which is made specifically for weight management, cravings and nourishment! Eating healthy during pregnancy is really helpful for managing weight gain, and if you have no clue how to do this, The Belly-Only Pregnancy program has some amazing recipes, nutritional guides and information, as well as workouts you can do at home to stay in shape.
I highly recommend you take a look at my Bump Dust protein powder. It is specifically formulated to help you produce a healthy milk supply, and combat sugar cravings during the postpartum period, but it is also very beneficial for pregnant mamas! With the red raspberry leaf tea, L-methylfolate, vitamin B12, Tumeric and more, you can infuse your body with amazing nutrients for you and baby, as well as make delicious smoothies to help you manage your weight gain! Milk Dust is a safe, plant-based protein powder free of soy, gluten, dairy and corn. It has organic ingredients, no fillers or artificial sweeteners, and it tastes great!
Get Prepared for Nausea, Constipation, Gas and More:
There are some not-so-fun side effects that happen fairly soon after you find out you are pregnant. Nausea is the most common one for the first trimester, but I also experienced constipation, which was not fun. These tend to ease up as you progress into the second trimester, but not always! Heartburn, gas and indigestion can be a part of your whole pregnancy. This is why you want to get prepared by stocking up on some of the essentials right away. I had a really hard time with nausea, and I have tried almost everything. I am listing what seemed to work best for me, but it is worth trying a few different remedies to feel just a little better!
The best anti-nausea remedies:
- Upspring Stomach Settle Nausea Relief Drops
- Tummy Drops Ginger
- 100 % Organic Pink Stork Morning Sickness Candy
The best constipation, heart burn and indigestion aids for pregnancy:
- Pink Stork Constipation Relief
- Healthy Mama Move It Along
- Earth Mama Organic Heart Burn Tea
- Healthy Mama – Tame The Flame
If you stock up on a few of these items, you will be so much happier in your first trimester, and prepared for what is to come as you progress into pregnancy. Getting prepped is what this time period is all about. Depending on how far along you are, as you’ve just found out your pregnant, you may have a few weeks of feeling totally normal, where you can get ready for the months to come.
Start Getting Active, NOW:
Getting active during pregnancy, immediately is really important. Weight gain can creep up on you so fast, especially if this is your first pregnancy. I learned quickly after my first how amazing exercise is to feeling better while pregnant. With my first, I wasn’t very active and had a desk job. I gained the most weight with this pregnancy and recovered the slowest. Granted it was my first, but with my second and third I was so much more active! This is an awesome program to help you stay healthy and gain the right amount of weight, and this app has some awesome, audio prenatal workouts you can listen too and do at home. Depending on what you need, I recommend reading through a list of fun exercises you can do while pregnant, and staying consistent with a few different ones. This will keep you from getting bored, keep things fun, and help you stay fit through your whole pregnancy. Starting your fitness habit in the beginning is ESSENTIAL to helping you stay active throughout your pregnancy, and after too.
Take Monthly or Weekly Bump Photos:
This is s super fun tradition to start now, and continue through your weeks of pregnancy. Sometimes the weekly photos aren’t as interesting because there isn’t much change, but when you compare the months, it is really fun to see the baby growing. A slide show at the end of your pregnancy is also super fun. I really like the 9 month bump photos, followed by a photo with the newborn resting on your belly. The contrast and cute baby is a great photo to have for your memories. Sometimes in the frenzy, it is easy to forget to document your growing belly.
Get A Pregnancy Journal:
This is something I wish I would’ve done, so I could look back on my pregnancies in a more organized fashion. Right now, I have random pictures saved, but nothing to fully document my experiences, checkup and feelings as I was growing each child. I highly recommend doing this because with each birthday your child has, you want to look back and remember that time when you were waiting for your baby to arrive. This is a really special tradition I highly recommend you start!
Start Planning For Uncomfortable Sleeping Situations:
Be prepared to get uncomfortable. This can happen sooner than you would expect, and there are some nice pillows and sleep aids you can get to help you get as much rest as possible, before baby arrives. If this is your first pregnancy, the excitement, new feelings and newness of it all can keep you up. I remember waking up in the middle of the night and watching TV in my second trimester, then falling asleep again at 6am. It was the worst because I still worked at the time. Grabbing a pillow to help you stay comfortable, rearranging your schedule and preparing for naps is a MUST. There isn’t a whole lot you can do to help improve your sleep, but I find if you are mentally prepared, and as comfortable as possible, it really helps! These tips are super helpful to try and get a few more hours in.
Choose Your Provider/Midwife or Doula:
Choosing a doctor, or health care provider is really important. If this is your first pregnancy, it can be scary to choose someone. Do some research in your area according to your insurance coverage, and don’t be afraid to meet with a few providers, interview them, look at reviews and see who feels the best. Take a minute to think about your values and goals with the birthing process. Also look at the C-section and induction rate for the providers. This will tell you a lot on how they manage their practice, and if your needs and wants fit in. If you are meeting with a Midwife or Doula, ask about protocol for complications, on-call protocal and more. This article gives you a lot more ideas on questions that are important to ask.
This is an important step, but also deserves some time and attention ton ensure you feel comfortable with your care!
I really enjoyed this book, and I read it during my first pregnancy. The remarkable stories of birth are so motivating. I also found I learned a lot about birthing in general, techniques other mothers used, and so much more. This is a great read in the middle of the night when you are lying awake for no reason.
Decide if you want a natural birth:
You don’t have to actually decide if you want a natural birth now, but you do want to start considering the options. I mentally attempted to prepare myself for a natural birth my first time (I wish I would of taken this course!!!), but it didn’t work. As soon as I felt the pain, I wanted an epidural. Which is fine, but it does take some time and learning about what is right for you. If you want some awesome information on birthing with an epidural, grab this course. My friend is a labor and delivery nurse, and she put together this AWESOME guide on everything you need for either an epidural birth, or a natural birth. Seriously the best.
Get Some Stretch Mark Cream:
Avoiding stretchmarks is difficult, but getting some cream to use immediately will help a lot. Part of avoiding stretchmarks is purely genetics, but there are some things you can do to prevent stretchmarks all together.
I was able to avoid stretch marks except for one small mark from my biggest baby. This was my middle child coming in at 8lbs. That isn’t as big as some babies, but there in lies to major point to stretch marks. The bigger your belly has to expand and stretch, the more likely you are to get stretchmarks. With a cream, you can help your skin stretch without injuring itself. That is what stretch marks are – your skin stretching too fast, and it can’t repair itself. A cream, as well as keeping your weight in check, will really help minimize the amount of stretchmarks you might get.
There you have 10 things to do immediately, once you find out you are pregnant.
A new pregnancy, whether it is your first or fifth, is an exciting time. I think each time it feels a bit new all over again. One of the best things you can do for yourself and baby is to stay as active and healthy as possible. That will play a major role in losing the baby weight and producing a healthy milk supply. You can get a head start on losing the baby weight while you are pregnant, or jump into The Belly-Only Pregnancy program to help guide you to stay fit and healthy all nine months!
If you need help losing the baby weight and keeping up your milk supply, I have a very popular program, The Postpartum Cure, which comes in an app you can download.