Pregnancy is scary and exciting and wonderful but starting a family can be anything but easy. I remember thinking that once I got married, I would go off birth control and few months later I would be blessed with carrying a child in my womb. Unfortunately for me this wasn’t the case and my journey to parenthood took almost 2 years, fertility treatments and lots of tears. Fast forward to my 5th pregnancy and it was also a little scary and took time. I was older and fertility declines after 35 so I knew getting pregnant may not come easy. I am including a list for planning and preparing for pregnancy tips and questions below.
I was full of questions especially before my first baby like how long will it take to get pregnant? How do I even track my cycle? When I do get pregnant, what can I expect? It has to be the most nerve-wracking time of your entire life but in the end there are so many things to help you along the way. I remember wondering if I would ever fit into my skinny jeans again. All great questions and while I don’t have all of the answers, here are a few questions and answers to get you started and on the right track.
- How can I keep track of my cycle? Simple! Pick up a First Response® Digital Ovulation Test, which predicts your most fertile days based on your personal LH surge. Remember that the best time to start tracking your cycle is before you start trying to conceive. Your two most fertile days begin with the LH surge and you are most likely to get pregnant if you have intercourse within 24-36 hours after you detect your personal LH surge. Are you thinking what the heck is an LH surge? I didn’t know what it was either. Until I really started tracking my cycle, using the First Response digital ovulation test, I had no idea when the best time to conceive was. This little product helped me get pregnant the first month using it with the my angel baby. If you want more information you can visit firstresponse.com for more info.
- I think I may be pregnant. Now what? Anxious to find out if you’re pregnant? The First Response™ Early Result Pregnancy Test can tell you if you’re pregnant up to six days before your missed period. Honestly, even before becoming an ambassador for Church & Dwight, I used these tests religiously. They were the only ones I trusted to really give me the right results, positive or negative. Also they are easy to read. If you’re interested in sharing the news with friends and family, how you share it is up to you!
- Who will take care of me during my pregnancy? It’s important to determine if you would like a doctor or midwife (or someone else) to care for you during your pregnancy. There are many different options. Pick the person who you feel most comfortable with and don’t let friends or family sway your decision. My decision to get a midwife for my last baby was the best decision I ever made and I only wish that I had chosen a midwife for my first. It was by far the best labour and delivery experience of all 5 of my children.
- What should I pack in my hospital bag? There are lots of great suggestions for the must-have hospital bag items. I suggest starting your research on Pinterest. Pick a list that feels right to you and start shopping/collecting the items. You’ll want to have the bag packed and ready to go well before your bundle of joy is set to arrive. I was a little lax with this one for my last and I ended up going into labour 5 weeks early with no bag packed (I was supposed to have a home birth but I still should have packed a bag just in case). Thankfully, my husband came home and was able to grab the bag my daughter packed up for me.
- How else can I prepare? The most important tip is to enjoy the experience and make sure to take time for yourself! Unwind after a busy day with a good book and a cup of tea. Plan a weekend getaway and sneak away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Curl up on the couch and watch your favourite movie. These are just a few suggestions.
Before you know it, your little one will bless you with the most amazing job you will ever have, being someone’s mom. I also suggest stocking up on essential medicine cabinet items that include one of the products I have used with all 5 of my kids, OVOL™ Drops, which is a simple, alcohol-free solution that can be added to a bottle or used on its own. It helps relieve discomfort caused by trapped gas, making it easier for babies to pass gas and burp at feeding time. Don’t forget to ask your doctor first to find out if this product is right for your new baby!
Oh and those skinny jeans… they’ll fit, eventually!
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