You just found out you are pregnant. Congratulations! First of all, take some time to enjoy it. There are so many things to soak up during your pregnancy. When you think about it, you will only become pregnant a limited number of times in your life and each one is such a blessing. There are many people who never get to experience pregnancy in the first place, so count your lucky stars. While you are soaking it up, there are some things you can get started on as early as possible (once you find out that you’re pregnant!). Here they are:
Maternity Clothes Shopping
Even though you may not need them today, you will need them very soon, so keep your eye out for some good sales and grab an outfit here and there. Just take a quick walk through the maternity section the next time you are at Target or a department store that carries maternity clothes. And be sure to sign up for emails from your local maternity clothing store to get on their coupon list!
Find Some Good Books
Visit your local library or nearby book store and find some books on pregnancy, parenthood, nutrition for you and the baby and anything else you can find that you want to know more about. You can probably even find some good ones to download. Ask your friends for recommendations.
The Diaper Decision
If you haven’t already decided, do some research so you can decide whether you want to use cloth or regular diapers. Both have pros and cons so check out both sides so you can make an informed decision.
Stock Up the Kitchen
Start stocking up on pantry staples so that you won’t have to stress too much over shopping once baby arrives. Maybe even look into grocery delivery services. You can even start looking into making freezer meals. You will love to have them on hand after baby arrives. It may even be time to finally buy that freezer you’ve been wanting so you can really stock up on meals and other freezer items.
If you have any fun projects planned for baby, like making a baby quilt or repurposing an old piece of furniture for the nursery, start as early as possible. These types of things always will take you longer than you think. And depending on how big the project is, you may need the extra time.
Focus On Your Health
Going through a pregnancy is a ton of fun. You are dreaming up everything that will happen in your postpartum time – an easy recovery, a healthy baby, and lots of family support. Maybe you are thinking about the color of hair your baby will have, or the sound that their laugh will make when you hear it for the first time. With all of these thoughts running through your health, it’s very easy to forget about your health, but in pregnancy (and postpartum), your health is everything and you absolutely need to focus on it. Aside from going to your routine OB appointments, you need to be stretching, walking as much as you can, focusing on your water intake and healthy eating, and you also need to go to other appointments that will benefit your overall health in pregnancy, as well. For example, a dental appointment during and after your pregnancy is very important because pregnancy has the potential to wreak havoc on your mouth. My friend, Alex, who had never had a cavity before ended up with two cavities by the end of her pregnancy. Unfortunately, dental issues are just very common during and immediately after a pregnancy, so it’s important to catch them early and try to prevent them, as well. If you are searching with a dentist to help you with this, you might want to consider Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, which is located in Decatur, GA. Not only do they offer family dentistry needs, but they also offer the most up-to-date orthodontic care and other services such as teeth whitening, dental implants, dental fillings, and more.
Teeth problems can be very scary and overwhelming – there is no doubt about that, but Dr. Gary Simms is most known for his calm, caring demeanor and ability to help produce fantastic results for his clients, so you can rest easy knowing that you are in good hands. On top of that, if you check out his reviews, they are fantastic! Metro Decatur Dental Group PC says, “Dr. Gary Simms is a renowned and respected restorative dentistry specialist in Decatur Georgia, serving DeKalb County. He cares about his patients’ convenience, comfort, and safety, which is why he always keeps their best interests in mind when developing and recommending treatment plans. His commitment to patient satisfaction is made evident by his outstanding chair-side manner, his surgical and procedural precision, and his attention to even the most minute details. Metro Decatur Dental Group PC in Decatur offers multiple restorative dentistry procedures, all of which focus on restoring the integrity of your smile and improving the health of your teeth and gums. Together, we can preserve your oral health and make your radiant smile last a lifetime.”