5 Key Pregnancy Tips Every First-Time Mom Needs to Know

Being a first-time mom is like nothing you have ever experienced. Everyone is telling you advice; your body is completely different from before and you are preparing for a new little human. To say life is stressful is an understatement!

Being pregnant is no easy task at hand. Not being able to do some things that your friends are doing and you might feel lonely or left out. Know that you are not alone! There are so many moms out there, you just need to find them.

Ultimately, you and your doctor make the final decisions on what is best for you and your baby. Here are some key pregnancy tips for first-time moms:

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Read Mom Blogs.

Mom blogs are the best place to find tons of advice on parenting styles, products, how to handle certain situations, read about C-Sections, birthing stories, hospital lists, you name it. They have all the information that you could possibly need. This is a great time to read up on ways of parenting and what will happen in the first couple of months of being a new parent.

Get as much sleep as possible.

Unfortunately, sleep is not an easy thing to come by in the first month or so of having a newborn. Try not to go crazy trying to put every single baby shower gift together before the baby arrives. These can wait until after.

Do yoga.

Prenatal Yoga is so helpful for pregnant women because it helps prepare you for childbirth. Yoga will help you with your breathing exercises and become aware of your new body as it changes and grows.

Have everything set up.

Pregnancy is different for everyone and you never know when you will go into labor. Having your baby's bassinet set up and your hospital bag packed are important, just in case. Many have their entire nurseries set up, which is not as important as your bag that you will need at the hospital and a bed for the baby to sleep in. Ensuring that the car seat is out and installed correctly in the car is one less stressful item to worry about. Leaving it to the last minute can cause stress

Utilize the nursery at the hospital.

Right after giving birth at the hospital, some hospitals have nurseries that your baby will stay in for a few hours while you get some rest or sleep at night. Many women will feel like they need to keep the newborn at night when in the hospital, but it is important to know that it is okay to have your newborn in the nursery at night. The nurses will let you know if they need you for something and you really need that rest! No one will judge you if you choose to send your newborn to the nursery.

Pregnancy is hard on all women, just different. Taking care of yourself and the baby is the top priority and these tips can help reduce overwhelm in the process. Once you see your baby’s face for the first time, all the stress you endured will be worth it.

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Jennifer is the owner of working mom blog Teach.Workout.Love. Along with blogging + freelance writing, she is a toddler mom, army wife and full-time teacher. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach and everything organic.