This post was sponsored by Premama as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
It’s more than once a day, in fact. In my family, the three of them talk around the issue a lot, with the ups and downs and pros and cons. Cassidy is on board and will announce it publicly, but how much does he really want one? Scarlet changes her mind daily, and would like to choose a baby sister over a baby brother, while Des doesn’t know all this whole journey entails.
Scarlet was a happy, early surprise, and I was so young and only a few months married. Des was planned, but it was a stressful time of moving and change and adjustments. I always have said that if I should be so lucky to have a third pregnancy, I would do everything differently than I did before. Note, this is NOT a pregnancy announcement. I would/will surely do that with panache if/when the time comes. What this is, is a reflection as well as hopes for what I’ll do differently next time.
And I have already started.
Five Self-Care Tips For Expectant, New & Experienced Moms:
I still think of myself as a new mom, but I suppose I have nearly seven years of experience. I have been on a health/wellness journey for 2016, but it’s hard sometimes. It’s been a strange year. Sometimes all you can do is start with yourself. For me that means better stress management, regular walks/runs/hikes, barre classes, fruits and vegetables, and good vitamins.
1. The physical. It’s amazing how good it can feel to take a hot shower or a long bath. To have your hair washed, cut or colored. To feel connections with other people, to feel strength in yourself, and to feel pampered and cared for. Whether you’re trying to get pregnant, pregnant, a new mom, or even an experienced mom, I feel that this always important. Take the time to shower, get dressed, get that regular haircut and dental appointment (two years without both for me once).
2. Move your body. Why, oh why, did it take me so long to actually listen to this advice? You need to find your own movement – whether it’s through walking, running, yoga, classes, and more. Who with? What? Where? When? Why?
3. Don’t stop being YOU. And if you’re part of a couple, don’t stop being a couple during this journey. I recommend regular date nights, and even regular solo date nights. Whatever it takes, whether it’s one or both. I recommend both.
4. Learn to manage that stress. Connect. Reach in. Reach out. It’s pretty rich advice coming from me – a known anxious person – but that’s all the more reason to listen to me. I know how it can go! Deep breathe. Exercise. Do acupuncture. Yell at the sky. Connect with friends. Seek support – whether personally or professionally. There is a wide world out there, full of defenses against the dark feelings. Time-outs, hydration, and fruits and vegetables help a LOT. Deep breaths.
5. Rock your daily vitamins and supplements. With appointments, errands, household stuff, WORK, and more, remembering to take a daily vitamin or supplement can be challenging. If you add the necessary vitamins and nutrients into your typical routine, you can rest easy. I love Premama Essentials, Premama Digestive Aid, and Premama Lactation.
Since you all know I have trouble swallowing pills – even tiny ones – these are the best prenatal and postnatal vitamin supplement mixes for me. Premama products are designed to help women who are trying to conceive, are expecting, or have had a baby and are lactating. They can all be taken before, during, and after pregnancy. What I love is that they contain folic acid levels similar to many prescription prenatal vitamins, and equal, or greater than most leading over-the-counter brand, Omega-3 fatty acids and non-constipating iron often found only in prescription prenatal multivitamains.
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