Congratulations! Your Pregnant! What Next? Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts are my own and no others. This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC. Congratulations Your Pregnant Congratulations! You have found out you expecting a wonderful bundle of joy and you are about to become a mother. Whether it was planned or a bit of a surprise, I can imagine you have been feeling a whirlwind of emotions. Excitement, fear, nerves, and happiness, all rolled into one. It is an overwhelming time of your life, so it’s easy to feel bombarded with so many thoughts. You are bound to feel hormonal as well, so I can imagine the overwhelming feelings will be making you feel a little off your game. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some hints and tips for this wonderful journey you are embarking on. From vitamins and health through to the shopping and exciting things to do, I hope these hints and tips help you. Vitamins you need to start taking There is so much advice out there these days. It seems to change on a weekly basis. It’s filled with things like what you should and shouldn’t take; what you can’t and won’t eat. While I don’t claim to be an expert in this field at all, there is some advice that has seemed to have stuck throughout the years. Folic acid is one of those things that midwives recommend you take for the the first 12 weeks of your Pregnancy. They also recommend you take it if you are trying to conceive so the chances are you may already be taking this. Folic acid helps with the development of your baby during those crucial first few weeks. Another thing they mention is Vitamin D. While this isn’t an essential, it is worth considering and speaking to your midwife. In the latest news experts have criticized women. That taking the pregnancy multivitamins are wasting their money. While there is no proof in this, if you decide to take them then that should be your prerogative. Keep track of your pregnancy journey It is always nice to keep track of your pregnancy journey and there are so many ways you can do it these days. One of the best ways would be to keep track of where you are at through different checklists and your pregnancy checklist is a great place to start. You can also download applications on your phone and they will notify you of the stages you are at with your pregnancy. Which can be a lovely reminder as your progress through the 40 weeks of pregnancy. Another really nice thing to do would be to take pictures as each progresses. Many people do this and record it through online blogs or social media accounts so that they can keep track of their pregnancy. Not only is a it a great way to share this with your friends and family, but you may also be reaching out to other mothers on the same journey. Lastly, keeping a diary of your pregnancy is also a lovely thing to look back on in years to come. You can buy pregnancy journals where you can record details of your pregnancy and also stick pictures as a sort of scrapbook of your pregnancy. This journey doesn’t last forever, and so it is always nice to keep something to look back on in years to come. Work out the essentials you need to buy It is so easy to get overwhelmed with what you think you should buy. It is even easier to get carried away, especially with all the gorgeous cute clothes and outfits you can get. But, the best advice would be to work out exactly what you need. What you might want to do first of all would be to speak to friends and families. They may be able to offer you some gems of wisdom and suggest what you may need to buy. You may also find that some of them may want to loan or let you have some of their baby things they no longer need. Babies and young children grow out of things so quickly. It would also be worth heading to the internet to check out some of the websites offering reviews and advice on the latest baby items. In theory, you don’t need to go too overboard with items. As long as you consider that your baby is kept warm, they have somewhere to rest, and something to stimulate them, then you are on the right path. What you also need to remember is that everyone will want to buy a gift for the baby. So if someone asks you if there is anything you need then you might want to suggest some of the things you might need. This is a great way of saving financial spend on your own budget. Keep a healthy balanced diet Now that you are pregnant, you need to take more care of yourself. But this doesn’t mean that you need to go on to any extreme diets. You need to keep a healthy balanced diet. This is where you get the right amount of protein and carbohydrates; this is where you eat a good amount of fruit and vegetables. But the key thing is not to deny yourself too much. So if you want that piece of chocolate cake, then you should have it. But the main thing to remember that the whole notion of eating for tea isn’t a consistent way to think. Eating for two means in effect you are going to be eating more than you should be. It’s advised that of course, you should increase the number of calories you eat, but this should only be an increase of around 300 calories. Which doesn’t equate to that much food. Everything in moderation Another important message to remember would be to keep everything in moderation. There are many things we need to reduce or cut out of our diets completely when pregnant. But, if you need to reduce it then just accept that you can have those things in moderation. Try and stay as relaxed as possible. This is supposed to be an exciting time of your life and not a time where you worry about every mouthful you take or what certain ingredients contain. Keep up with your usual routines Make sure you keep up with any of your usual routines. If you were a keen exerciser before getting pregnant, there is no reason why you can’t remain active during your pregnancy. This is a great time to keep up with things and will help you keep a level of fitness. But it should also help lift your spirits, improve your mood and help keep any additional weight off. You are bound to feel hormonal at times. So if you can keep to your routines and some level of normal, it will help you. Also, it isn’t just about exercise but keeping up with things like socialising with friends and doing things with the family. Of course, these things need to be a little different now. No late night partying. But it’s still so important to keep your life where it was. Things are going to change in nine months time, and your life will not be as you once knew it. Get as much rest as you can Yes, it goes without saying, and you will have heard this a thousand times over already. But take advantage of the time you have to rest now. When that baby comes along, you are less likely to be getting a full night’s sleep. So take advantage of those long nights and lazy Sunday mornings. I hope these hints and tips help you through your pregnancy. Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts are my own and no others. This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.