Our first GUEST BLOGGER! We think it’s so great to share different perspectives so we’re thrilled to have Alex on the blog this week. She’s able to discuss something that we can’t just yet… Motherhood. We hope you enjoy what she has to say! Feel free to email us if you’d like to join her in sharing your thoughts and advice as a military wife on Kiss The Co-Pilot.
Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone
Nothing can truly prepare you for the moment you lay your eyes on your baby for the first time. The baby smell, tiny hands, soft lips…It is a truly indescribable feeling and something no baby book or mommy blog can come close to expressing. However, after having my darling daughter and being currently pregnant with a second, I have compiled a list of my top 6 things you can do in the months leading up to making the momentous decision to have a baby!
- Have a check-up with your OB-GYN. No one likes going to the doctor but it is important to have a pap smear and routine blood-work to make sure everything is A-okay before baby making time.
- Start a prenatal vitamin immediately! My doctor suggests starting a prenatal at least three months before you decide to start trying. WARNING: These vitamins can make you very nauseous (at least it did for me and my sister), so make sure to take it with a meal. It works best for me to take it in the evening.
- Have a sushi date and order a cocktail (or two!). Of course, there are exceptions to every rule but for the most part there are foods and drinks you need to steer clear of when pregnant. Have a fun date with your husband or a girls’ night with friends and indulge in all the pregnancy “no-nos.”
- Take that cruise you’ve been eyeing! With the Zika virus on the rise, many women are being advised to stay away from several cruise destinations. Also remember after a certain point in your pregnancy or if you are high-risk, you may be limited to how long you are allowed to fly.
- Start asking other mom friends for recommendations on an OB doctor. Depending on where you live and are stationed, you may have options outside of the base clinic. It can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming choosing a doctor when you are not familiar with area.
- Familiarize yourself with social media mom groups/blogs and find a book or two to read. DISCLAIMER: Be careful to not go overboard. With my daughter, I am totally guilty of this! I joined one too many mom groups and abused Dr. Google. While it is beneficial to do your pregnancy research and ask other moms for advice, it can easily become overwhelming and take away some (a lot!) of the joy of becoming pregnant.
Oh, Motherhood. Nothing can truly prepare you for being a mama until the day you become one. Until then, I hope this list helps as way to prepare yourself before you see those two sparkling blue lines!