Take a deep breath because there is a lot to learn. But you can do it! One baby step at a time.
First of all! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am super excited for you. I know this is a huge step and it might feel a little overwhelming right now. But lets get to the nitty gritty. Here is what you need to do right away:
1. Get a good pre-natal multi vitamin and mineral supplement and Pre-natal Omega 3 DHA supplement. Check out my resource section for recommendations.
2. Choose a Prenatal Health Care Provider. I have a blog to help you with that. PT 2 Seeking Doctor Right.
3. Check out my tips to get you started:
Tip For Weeks 1 - 3
Tips For weeks 4 - 7
Tips For Weeks 8 - 13
Tips for weeks 14 - 22
Tips for weeks 23 - 28
Tips for weeks 29 - 32
Tips for weeks 33 - 37
Tips for weeks 38 - 40
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Most new moms feel overwhelmed, anxious, and confused. They wonder if they are doing the right thing, eating the right foods and feel fearful at times. But don't worry, you all ready took the first empowering step by being part of the Wholistic Beginnings Family. I will guide you on this incredible journey like I have guided many others.
Getting pregnant and becoming a parent comes with the responsibility of making informed and wise choices for you and your baby. That can be nerve racking because how can you make informed decisions when you are new to all of this??? I get it and that's why you have me.....
Did you know that...
The birth of your child will be one of the most memorable and important days of your life? It is so important to become educated on all the birth options available so you can make decisions that are best for you and your baby. Things will begin to feel less overwhelming and anxiety provoking. Being educated is key to feeling relaxed, more in the moment and more confident in this process of bringing new life into this world .
So, where do you begin?
With you of course!! The best thing you can do is to start asking yourself questions. How can you see yourself giving birth?? I get it, you probably never thought about it and it's totally okay not to know what kind of birth experience you would like at this stage. Your birth philosophy will evolve as your baby grows and as you become more educated.
So let's begin with some questions you can ask yourself. I recommend putting on your favorite relaxing music, grab a nice cup of hot cocoa and let your answers flow. There are no right or wrong answers.
Do I have a birth philosophy?
How do I see myself giving birth?
Do I know what kind of birth I would like or not like?
What would your dream birth look like? Who would be there?
Can I articulate that vision to someone else? Can I draw it?
Do I want a doctor or a midwife?
Do I want to give birth in a hospital, birthing center or at home?
What am I scared of?
Do I feel more comfortable with a male or female healthcare provider?
Do I want pain medication?
Do I want to learn self-help techniques during childbirth?
How involved does my partner want to be in the pregnancy and during childbirth?
How comfortable do I feel with hospital procedures?
How will I feel if I have to have a cesarean birth?
Will my partner be a good advocate for me if things do not seem to be going as planned?
Where would I feel safe giving birth?
What do I do when I experience pain or when I get over tired?
Do you want to learn everything about pregnancy and childbirth or do you want to know just enough to get by?
Do not be surprised if you change your mind on certain topics, as you get further along in your pregnancy or closer to birthing your baby.
The best combination for a safe and satisfying birth is a woman who is in charge of what she does, a baby who is in charge of what he/she does and a health care provider in charge of what he/she does.
Here is a great video to give you something to think about From Womb to World: The Journey That Shapes Our Life.
Your birth team
You will be building a birthing team in the next 30 - 40 weeks: you , your partner, your health-care provider, your baby and anyone else you invite. Everyone on your a team should work together; it should be a give and take and one that has a mutual respect for each other’s wisdom. Good communication with your health care provider from the start is very important.
Check out Part 2: Seeking Doctor Right
QUESTION: What was the first thing you thought and felt when you found out you were pregnant. Where were you? I would love to hear your story. Please share your story in the comment section below.
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