If you’ve started to share your happy pregnancy news with family and friends, chances are you’ve heard a ton of advice.
- “Sleep while you can!”
- “Your life will never be the same!”
- “You’ve got to start thinking about pre-schools right away.”
Yes, you may be told to start researching preschools before you’ve even decided on an OBGYN. The wonderful world of pregnancy advice is full of clichés and overstatements. However, there is one simple reality that’s true: Now that there is another little person waiting to make an appearance in your life, the clock is ticking on “me” time.
Your Pre-Baby Bucket List
Don’t let the mom guilt start too soon — there is plenty of time to fight that battle later. For now, spend these special months checking off your pre-baby bucket list of fun activities just for you.
Go to All the Restaurants (and order “mocktails”)
When your baby is very young, just getting out the door will be difficult. You won’t want to wake them when they are sleeping, and when they are awake, they’ll probably be hungry or need a diaper change.
Then, as your baby gets older, they will be harder to corral, and they will be louder — much louder.
Schedule lunch dates with your girlfriends. Go to brunch and hit up the happy hours even though you’ll only be ordering a mocktail. Have romantic dinner dates that last late into the evening. Go to the types of restaurants that require a reservation. Soon enough, you’ll be eating meals over the kitchen sink.
Plan a Babymoon
Traveling with a baby or young child, while not impossible, presents a host of challenges. Will you install your car seat on the plane? Will your baby get carsick on long rides? Will a toddler, who may be a picky eater already, be eager to try new foods in a new location?
So dive into planning a unique babymoon trip for you and your significant other. Just keep in mind that right now the Zika Virus means pregnant women are advised not to travel to certain South American countries.
Let’s be honest, though. You don’t have to head to a tropical location. With all of the hot flashes you’ll be having, you can turn any vacation destination into a tropical one.
Become a Yogi
It may even relieve some of those pregnancy pains you are already feeling, like lower back aches and shortness of breath. Practicing controlled breathing can also be a big help in delivery.
Count as Many Sheep as You Can
Yes, it’s likely the most clichéd advice you’ll get, but that might be because it’s a near universal experience. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 78% of women report a change in their sleep patterns because of pregnancy.
Throughout your pregnancy, and likely even after your baby comes, you’ll get plenty of advice from both trusted and unsolicited sources. Take it with a grain of salt if you’d like, but do be intentional with your time in these last months before you meet your beautiful baby face-to-face. Plan a pre-baby bucket list to make the most of your pregnancy.
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