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Finding out your pregnant for the first time can cause all manner of emotions.
You will understandably be excited, as for many of us, having a baby is one of life's greatest pleasures. You might be more than a little scared too because with it being your first baby, you might have all kinds of fears leading up to the birth of your little one. And as we have said before on this site, you might experience stress, from coping with the added weight during your day to day life to deal with the expense that comes with welcoming a new addition to your life.
Welcome to the wonderful world of pregnancy then!
Still, you don't need to worry unduly. There is plenty of advice out there for first-time moms, be that from your doctor or any experienced parents you might know, so listen to what they have to say. And we have a few helpful tips here too. So, to make your life easier over the coming months, and with a few forewarnings, these are some of the things you need to expect when you're expecting.
You will put on weight
Extra weight is the norm, both during your pregnancy and after when those pounds come off slowly. However, knowing this is normal shouldn't give you an excuse to go crazy with ice cream and pretzels (or a combo of the two if your cravings are that way inclined). You still need to eat healthy for the sake of both you and your baby, so focus on those foods that give you your necessary nutrients. If you are concerned that you are putting on too much weight, or aren't putting on enough, then you do need to speak to your doctor. He or she will give you professional advice on how to manage any weight issues, including tips on exercise and diet. Still, you do need to know that you aren't going to fit into your current wardrobe so don't forget to stock up on maternity clothes!
You will feel pain
Sorry to say it, but pregnancy is painful, and this is before those labor pains and Braxton Hicks contractions explained by Bloomlife. With the added weight of your baby, you will feel aches and pains in your joints and muscles, and this can make life uncomfortable for you. However, there are ways to manage them. Light exercise will alleviate some of your pain when you get your joints moving. Placing a heated pad or a hot water bottle at the source of your pain can soothe some of your aches. And there are specialist products designed to help you, including pregnancy pillows, maternity belts, and these products for breast pain. Speak to your doctor and do your research online to find out more.
You might struggle to sleep at night
Don't assume your sleep struggles will only start once your baby arrives. During your pregnancy, insomnia is quite normal for some women. This is partly because of the aches and pains you will probably experience from the weight of your baby, and also because of the fears you might have about your pregnancy. However, there are steps around this. For starters, despite the temptation to sleep through the day, don't! Whenever you start to feel fatigued, do some gentle exercise and eat something healthy, as this way you will be less prone to napping. Before you go to bed, decrease your screen time an hour before, take a relaxing bath, and perhaps ask your partner to give you a massage to relieve any aches. Write down any fears you have in a journal too, as this simple act might relax your mind just before you go to bed, and consider some form of meditation to calm your nerves. And as suggested earlier, you might also use a pregnancy pillow to alleviate pain and help you get into a better sleeping position.
We have barely touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what to expect during pregnancy, but we hope this article has helped a little. Continue to speak to any experienced friends and family for further useful tips, and speak to your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns.
Take care, and thanks for reading.