Boy time sure does fly when you have a baby growing in your belly! I am now eight months pregnant. Just a few weeks away from Baby Faith Day! And I’m so excited and ready for it to happen!
My husband and I attended a few classes to prepare us for labor, delivery and the first few months with Faith. I learned a lot and I am so glad that we attended classes. For all of my expecting mommies (and dads) out there, please attend a class (or two) to educate you. We had to pay a small fee for our classes but it was worth it. There are a lot of free classes out there so find one in your area and make time to go. Also, check out some books from your local library (or buy them). I have the Mayo Clinic’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and the Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year and I’ve found them to be very helpful. I’ve also found websites such as The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and What to Expect to be helpful as well.
Classes and books have helped to make all of my nervousness and anxieties subside. I’m looking forward to life with our baby girl. Here’s what I’ve taken from these last eight months of pregnancy…
- Every pregnancy is different so take those pregnancy stories that friends/family/and strangers share with you with a grain of salt. Especially – those freaky, scary stories. I don’t know why people feel the need to share these stories with a pregnant woman but they do. You don’t need anything to try and shake up your faith right now – so block those stories from your memory and stay focused on having a happy, healthy pregnancy.
- Take care of your mind, body and soul. Get enough rest. Eat well. Exercise. Pray. Spend time with your family and friends. I’ve found meditating on Bible scriptures and what God says about me and our baby to be very encouraging and helpful. I’ve also slowed down…quite a lot. I used to constantly do and go so I’ve been spending more time relaxing and stopping all the action before becoming overwhelmed.
- Hormones will make you a very emotional person. I’m not typically overly emotional but I’ve found myself crying at the most weird, random times and for no apparent reason. I’ve cried over food, television shows, being tired, the thought of seeing Faith for the first time…and I’m sure there’s more.
- Nine months may seem like a long time but trust me it will go by so fast. I suggest getting organized quickly and tackling bigger projects at the beginning of your pregnancy. You may not feel like doing much of anything once you hit your third trimester.
- Feeling your baby kick and move is exhilarating…every time it happens. This experience has truly been the best – no matter how hard the jabs have been.
I’ve had an awesome pregnancy so far and I’m truly thankful to be a mom. To all the new parents out there – Congratulations! And if you have any nuggets of wisdom to share, please feel free to do so.
Peace and Love