Ok, so whether it’s your first baby or your fourth baby, it’s never easy. When you have your first baby, you may have your own set of challenges like myself. With baby number 1, I wanted to be prepared. I prepped everything ahead of time. I had a whole closet full of of baby items. I had baby clothes from newborn to nine months and all the clothes were washed and folded and organized just the way I wanted. I had to have everything set up many months prior to the baby being born including all the baby gear. I read every book, searched every website, to ensure I was up to date on all the latest baby care recommendations. I had to know the gender and everything had to be exactly the way I wanted.
Now, 7 years since my first pregnancy, I’m pregnant with baby number 4! Who knew! Me and my hubby still can’t believe it and we are REALLY excited. I know it’s going to be a lot of work. Having four kids is not going to be easy, but I know it’s going to be a lot of fun too and we truly are blessed. With baby number 4 on the way, I have a new set of challenges. Yes, I may know what to expect now in terms of the birthing process and all the discomfort that comes with pregnancy, but now I got three little ones to manage while being very big and pregnant, while I work almost full time and manage a household. With all the responsibilities looming over my head, it’s really important to take care of myself since I’ve got precious cargo. Read on to learn more about how to take care of yourself when you’re pregnant with baby number 4.
Tip No. 1: DON’T OVER DO IT!
Ok, so you may be supermom and believe that you can do anything and everything, but please, take it easy when you are pregnant! For me, I keep going and going, none stop, just cleaning, putting things away, taking out the garbage, organizing things, doing the shopping, the laundry, the mopping…the list goes on and on. I kept doing this until…..I burnt out like a light and bam, I couldn’t function. My energy was just completely depleted and I was basically bed bound for two full days. It’s as if I was sick with the flu but no cough or cold or fever, just pure exhaustion. When you’re pregnant, take it easy. Don’t do too much at a time. Take breaks. Make time for rest. You and your baby need it!
Tip No. 2: DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!
I’ve been having a lot of headaches lately and my midwife believes that it could be due to not drinking enough water. She asked me if I was drinking more than when I was not pregnant and I said no. So perhaps I could be drinking more. I mean, I never feel thirsty and I always drink when I am. According to the Institute of Medicine, pregnant women should drink about 12 to 13 glasses of water a day! If you ask me, that seems like a lot! I can’t imagine drinking that amount of fluid when your stomach is already constricted by the growing baby taking up all the space! But I guess if you have a water bottle and are constantly sipping small amounts of water throughout the day, it should be doable. More water can also help prevent headaches, swelling, overheating and fatigue.
Tip No. 3: GO FOR A RELAXING MASSAGE
When you’re pregnant, you’ve got all sorts of aches and pains. Sometimes, no matter how you sit or stand or move, you just feel uncomfortable. So for me and my husband, we like to go for massages. There’s this really nice reflexology place we go to. The staff are friendly, the place is clean and relaxing, and you get an hour or pure relaxation where you focus on nothing but yourself. You don’t even need to make an appointment, you just walk in and the price is reasonable too. (Look up Pinsam Reflexology in Richmond if you are interested). You have the option of sitting in a chair and they just focus on your legs and feet or you have have a full body massage. Afterwards, you feel relaxed and well rested. Exactly what a tired, pregnant momma needs.
Tip No.4: DON’T FORGET ABOUT PROPER NUTRITION
If you’re like me, sometimes your pregnancy cravings get the best of you and you end up reaching for those sour keys, gummy bears or chocolate bars. But after I eat those things, I don’t really feel good and sometimes I get headaches afterwards. Don’t forget what your doctor or midwife said about eating 3-4 sources of calcium everyday. According to webmd, pregnant women should be consuming about 1000mg of calcium per day. Read this post to learn more about healthy nutrition when you’re pregnant.
Tip No. 5: TAKE NAPS AS NEEDED!
Believe me, I’m not a napping kind of person! But when I’m pregnant, I totally need them! Could you imagine what’s happening inside a pregnant woman’s body? A human is being formed with bones and organs and skin. (like duh, right?) but it still amazes me even the fourth time around! It’s crazy what our bodies are capable of creating! With so much happening inside us, we need to take time to rest, to lie down and do nothing. It may seem like we are not doing anything but inside a baby is being formed so if you’re feeling a bit tired, get someone else to watch the kids, even for just an hour so you can take a power nap.
Us moms do so much on a daily basis, we need to be mindful and take care of ourselves so we can take on all of our responsibilities. Hope you enjoyed my post on how to take care of yourself when you’re pregnant with baby number four. Do you have any tips of your own? Leave it in the comments section! Take care!