10 Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms

10 Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant there’s nothing harder than that two-week wait.

It seems like the weeks stretch out into a month and you notice every little twinge in your body. You can think of nothing else!

Some will tell you there’s no way to know if you’re pregnant before the one month mark but that’s not true.

If you are really in tune with your body there will be signs.

I knew with all three of mine before I got my big fat positives and if you listen closely to your body you may be able to tell too!

Below is a list of very early signs that you’re pregnant.

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You May feel Implantation Cramps

 

A few days after you’ve had sex you may get some strange cramping if you’ve conceived.

This is implantation cramping and it can happen anywhere from 4 to 12 days after.

They often feel different from regular cramping according to women who’ve experienced them.

You will often feel them in one place and on one side. It will feel like a slight stabbing feeling with little cramps.

It’s not unusual for women to feel them but it doesn’t always happen when you conceive.

But I can say that it did happen to me in all three of mine about 5 days after conception. It was very obvious and it would last about 24 hours then suddenly stop.

That’s when other symptoms would start to come in.

 

 

I told my obgyn that I knew when I was having implantation because I could feel it, and she told me NO, that’s not possible.

She even laughed at me. Pissed me off to tell you the truth.

She was wrong. I felt it each time and many women we have interviewed over the years for our blog have also said they felt implantation too.

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You May Have Spotting 

 

This is in line with the implantation cramping.

You may get a few drops of blood with implantation that can indicate something is happening.

It happens to some women but not all.

So if you feel the cramping but don’t get spotting, don’t write that month of trying off just yet.

 

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You May Feel Little Twinges Of Nausea

 

It’s still really early in the game before your actual period is due, but many women get little twinges of nausea.

It starts a few days after implantation occurs and usually happens when you get up at night from lying down.

This occurs once your ovum is implanted because your body begins to get flooded with hormones.

As with all of these other early symptoms, some women will experience this and some will not.

It is an individual and varied experience for all.

 

 

You’ll have A Lot Of Extra Discharge

 

Normally when no pregnancy has occurred you’ll get dryer as you move toward menstruation.

But when fertilization has occurred, you’ll get an increase in wet discharge.

This discharge is called leukorrhea which is the thin, milky white vaginal discharge that many women first experience in early pregnancy.

The discharge is related to the thickening of the vagina’s walls, which starts almost immediately after conception. The increased growth of cells lining the vagina causes the discharge and it is usually quite noticeable if you’re looking for it.

This is a good way to tell that something is going on.

Of course, you can get discharge for other reasons.

But if you’re following your cycle and trying to get pregnant and you suddenly get an increase in discharge about a week after your last sexual encounter, you may be pregnant!

 

Tingly Or Sore Breasts

 

Your breasts may feel heavier or extra sore a week or so before your period if you’re pregnant.

This is often a normal sign of PMS but it may seem more intense if you have conceived.

You may also get some tingling feelings as well as your hormones shoot up. It may be a new feeling you experience that you’ve never noticed before.

But again, some women have this symptom before their period comes so it can be hard to decipher the reason behind it.

 

 

 

Your Temperature Will Go Up A Degree

 

If you know about charting your temperature for fertility, you’ll already know that you get a small increase in temps after you’ve ovulated due to increases in Progesterone.

( If you don’t know about charting your temps you should check right here. )

This increase will last until right before your period gets ready to start when your Progesterone drops rapidly.

But if you have conceived you will have a one-day temp decrease while the embryo is implanting.

This dip would occur anywhere from 4 to 10 days or so.

Then your temps would go back up due to even more Progesterone production.

This is a really good way to see what’s going on with your cycle while trying to get pregnant ( or any time ).

You need to take your temp first thing in the morning before you get up to accurately chart what’s happening.

 

 

You’ll Likely Be Very Tired

 

Once your embryo has implanted and you’re officially pregnant you’ll start to feel more and more fatigued.

It will start off slow at first, but right around when your period is supposed to start it will get more intense.

Everyone gets tired around that time of the month but this will feel somewhat different and boy does it get worse from there.

Pregnancy fatigue is no joke, but at least those first days are not so bad and it gets much easier after the first trimester.

If you conceive you’ll notice that you are just feeling very exhausted.

 

You May Get Headaches 

 

You may get headaches that increase as your hormones begin to rapidly increase.

Unfortunately, if you’re prone to these types of monthly headaches this can be pretty miserable.

They may feel more intense and piercing because of the changes that you’re going through.

Talk to your doctor if they become too much to bear.

 

 

Sensitivity To Smells

 

This is another weird sign that you may notice out of nowhere.

Things will smell really strong. Smells you wouldn’t have noticed before are suddenly assaulting your senses.

This will happen all throughout pregnancy but this symptom can start very early on as your hormones shift.

Things may smell off or offensive when they didn’t bother you before.

If you notice this during the third week or so of your cycle along with other signs we’ve listed above you may be pregnant!

 

And Last But Not Least……

 

The last big early sign that you’re pregnant is…..drum roll please…..

A big fat positive on an early pregnancy test!

Some of the tests they have today can detect pregnancy REALLY early compared to older ones.

The older ones would only detect pregnancy after the first or second day of your missed period.

So if you have sex around ovulation and you wait one more week, when implantation is likely to occur, right after that you can usually take a test and get your positive.

If you don’t right away you can take a test each morning until you do, but these tests are very good at detecting very early pregnancy hormones.

Here’s a box of three you can get from First Response that will detect your pregnancy 6 DAYS BEFORE YOUR MISSED PERIOD.

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What It’s Like To Be A First Time Mom

What It’s Like To Be A First Time Mom

Being a mom for the first time is super exciting. There’s no other feeling like it in the world.

But despite all your joy you will also be exhausted and hormonal like never before during those first months.

No words can really prepare you but I want to at least give you an idea of what’s to come.

Below is the raw emotional account of many first time mothers that we’ve interviewed as well as my own. I tell you exactly how it is without sugar-coating it.

Read on to get a view of what to expect in those first amazing days.

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You’ll Feel Out Of Control 

 

Right after you have your baby you will have a lot of help. You’ll be in the hospital most likely for a couple of days and everyone will help you take care of any needs you have for you and your babe.

And then you go home… and there’s something about getting there that just hits you. The feeling of overwhelm is one of the heavest feelings you will ever feel.

It happened to me with all three and to ALL the women we interviewed. It’s a thing.

The first time is the hardest though, the feelings are just so intense.

I’m not telling you this to scare you or fill you with dread. It’s just better to know it ahead of time so you can do everything you can to prepare.

Nothing really helps, of course, it is what it is, but knowing it may give you some idea of what to expect, and that alone is comforting.

 

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You May Not Sleep For Days

 

A lot of times women have their babe and assume they’ll sleep when they sleep and all that.

But the truth is that there’s a good chance your baby may come in the middle of the night.

Then there will be all this hustle and bustle around you and your little one.

Once things settle down the nurses will come and massage your stomach every few hours, take your blood pressure, and all that.

When I say every few hours I mean all night too.

It’s so exhausting and annoying but they’re just trying to take care of you.

And that’s just the staff. Your baby will want to be held night and day, or at least most do.

They feel most comfortable in your arms after all the strange events that have suddenly been happening to them.

You’ll have to try to breastfeed constantly because that’s how you get your milk to come in and how the baby learns to latch well.

But holding your baby and breastfeeding will be something that you want to do so even though you’re tired it will give you drive, warmth, and energy.

Then you’ll go home and your baby will still want to be held all the time until you get into some sort of routine.

My first baby didn’t know the difference between night and day for the first week and he wanted to be nursed constantly.

I literally sat up all night long with my baby to my breast so he could sleep.

Yet the morning would come and I would still have the ability to keep happily moving forward.

It’s like you have this motivation and adrenaline rush those first weeks. It’s all pretty incredible.

 

 

You Will Be FAMISHED

 

There is no hunger like after childbirth hunger. I am not kidding.

To this day I have never felt anything like it. Many other mothers agree it’s crazy.

Your body will want to heal, you will be so hungry and food tastes so much richer. It’s fantastic.

So refuel yourself and listen to your body those first few weeks. Enjoy it.

 

The First Few Weeks You’ll Feel Like You’ve Been Hit By A Truck 

 

You will be physically uncomfortable. I’m sure you already know that, I mean you just gave birth after all.

But I don’t think women really understand to what extent until it happens to them.

You should read this post to prepare for postpartum accordingly.

That way you can actually enjoy your baby instead of not being able to concentrate on anything other than your own body.

 

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You’ll Feel Paranoid About Everything

 

When I had my first I didn’t want ANYONE to hold him except me. This is not at all uncommon.

I was afraid something would happen to him. I didn’t even want my own mom to hold him for more than a few minutes.

I felt paranoid and worried he needed me.  It sounds a little neurotic, I know but lots of new moms feel this way.

Usually, by the next babe, mama has chilled a bit.

I also worried about SIDS a lot. I would sit up at night and just watch him breathe.

I did this with all three so I cannot say that changes much from baby to baby.

Some of the other mamas that we’ve talked to did the same. If you are really worried about SIDS you should this post

It gives you some really good, Science-backed advice on how to prevent it just by doing a few simple things.

 

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You’ll Spend All Your Time Changing Diapers 

 

I had no idea I would spend so many hours changing diapers. Newborn poop is no joke.

I mean I expected to change diapers daily but not 10 to 15, sometimes more!

I felt like the second I changed him I would have to do it again.

We were knee-deep in dirty diapers.

Do you know that Spongebob episode where Spongebob and Patrick raise a clam and Spongebob shows Patrick all the diapers?

Well not only is it super funny, but they really get the whole newborn diaper situation right.

If you have kids you’ve likely already seen it, but in case you haven’t, you should watch it below. I couldn’t resist putting the clip in.

The whole diaper changing scene is at the end.

 

 

You May Feel Lonely Or Even Sad

 

Not all days with your new baby will feel happy. You’ll have a lot of mixed feelings that you can’t quite pinpoint.

Just something weighing over you and pressing down.

For most, this is fleeting but for others, Postpartum Depression can set in.

If this happens, be sure to let your health care provider know immediately.

If you need a way to express and release your worries and emotions check out our mental health journal here. You can download it instantly.

 

Breastfeeding Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds

 

Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing, but it does not come easily or naturally to mother and babe.

Most think it would but that is not the case at all, and you need to educate yourself beforehand if you plan to breastfeed.

Some hospitals can help, but others are very ill-equipped to do this so you can’t count on them for advice.

Here’s a great online breastfeeding course that’s only $19. It’s called Milkology and it’s THE online resource for breastfeeding.

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You Have A Whole Mind-Life Shift With Your First Babe

 

Once your babe arrives you have this whole reality shift.

You go from everything being about you to being selfless and caring about someone more than you do yourself.

It’s fairly intense. Your whole world changes.

You know that it will be like this after your baby arrives but you can’t really prepare for it.

It’s strange and interesting but it’s a good feeling.

 

In The End…..

 

Having your first baby is the most elating experience you’ll likely ever have.

It will feel great to have your other little ones too, but there’s nothing like the first.

It’s just a really special experience. A difficult one too.

I hope this information has prepared a bit for the ups and downs you’ll experience during your special time.

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How to Deal with Visitors after Childbirth

How to Deal with Visitors after Childbirth

I’m just going to come right out and say it. Getting visitors after having a baby is not fun.

Of course, everyone wants to see but you’re tired, excited, and overwhelmed.

It can be ok for about 15 minutes but after that, it’s too much, especially if you have a big family and everyone wants to come.

It can feel like you’re having to put on a show and it’s stressful for the staff too, not to mention your poor little newborn.

Your family will have plenty of time to see the babe in the near future.

But this is a delicate situation. Sometimes family feels put off when you ask them not to come.

Below are some easy ways you can deal with this situation.

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Just Say No

 

For whatever reason, if you decide you’re not ready for visitors, it’s okay to say no.

Do not sacrifice your peace of mind and family bonding time for the sake of being polite.

It can be tough telling family and friends to stay away, but a simple statement on social media or through text can let others know that you need
privacy right now, that you’re taking personal time, and not accepting visitors yet.

Let them know you’ll reach out soon and leave it at that.

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It is a good idea to let everyone know before the big day if you can. That way they will all know what to expect and none of them will plan to come to the hospital in the first place.

 

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You’re under no obligation to please other people right now and I give you full permission to be selfish on baby’s behalf 😉 Not that you need anyone’s permission.

If you have a family that is pushing back, give your spouse permission to play ‘bad cop’. Be firm in your decision, take the amount of time you need and you won’t regret it one bit.

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Set Clear Boundaries for Visitors

 

If you do decide to have visitors you need to make sure everyone is on the same page.

To make visitation as easy as possible it’s important to establish clear boundaries before the baby comes, and reinforce them when your babe arrives.

If there is any conflict or concern about who will be at the hospital, it’s best to address that before delivery.

Decide who will be in the delivery room and make it clear beforehand.

 

Make tough decisions now to avoid future problems; you want a peaceful environment for yourself and your little one.

Come up with a plan for what visitation looks like at the hospital, and then at home.

Although you have total freedom to change your mind, having clear boundaries in place ensures everyone knows how to meet your needs.

 

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Remember, people want to visit and be there to support you because they care, but that doesn’t make you obligated.

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Limit Visiting Time

Now let’s talk about home visits.

The first several weeks when you’re home will be so tiresome. Your hormones will hit you like a tidal wave and you’ll be tired, happy, crying, and full of every other imaginable emotion.

Trust me, it’s intense (been there three times myself) and you’ll only know what I mean once you have experienced it.

The first several weeks are also an important time for family bonding, Mom’s healing, and the baby’s transition into the world.

Your first priority is taking care of baby’s needs ( and yours ).

 

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Limit visitors to 30 minutes at a time and spread out visits.  You don’t have to do all those visits on the same day.

Bringing baby home and adapting to this new person and new schedule can be exhausting for a recovering Mom; just holding a
conversation can be a challenge.

Keeping visitation short ensures you aren’t overdoing it and baby doesn’t get overwhelmed. Limiting that time frees you up to tackle the important things like feeding, diaper changes, and bonding.

Ask your spouse to help keep everyone on schedule and don’t feel bad when you have to say Goodbye when those 30 minutes are up.

You’re doing what’s best for you and your family, and that is the priority right now.

 

Allow Close Friends and Family Only

 

During the early days, I highly recommend only allowing close family and friends to visit.

Choose people who are supportive, non-judgmental, and who will respect your wishes during this time.

Anyone who will disrupt the peaceful and healing environment you need right now doesn’t need to be there.

 

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It can be a big help having someone stay with you after baby is born but if you do, choose your help wisely.

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Let People Help

 

Most people are well-intentioned, want to help you during this time, and are looking for a way to contribute and be part of this special time in your life.

Let them. Make a to-do list and if someone asks if they can help, give them a job.

 

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Simple tasks like dishes, taking out the trash, cleaning the bathroom, or helping with the other kids can be a life-saver for you right now.

Let them help you and thank them for it.

The more people are kept busy the less ‘handsy’ they get with baby and less likely they are to overstay their welcome.

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Serious Signs Of Preeclampsia

Serious Signs Of Preeclampsia

Pregnancy is a whirlwind event and something most women really enjoy. I know I did and I wish that happiness for every pregnant mama.

One thing we don’t like to think about is something going wrong. It’s the silent thing we worry about. All the ‘ What ifs ‘.

One of the most common issues that can occur is Preeclampsia. It can be very serious and devastating.

The best thing you can do to prevent this is seeing your doc and getting great  Prenatal Care.

They monitor your symptoms and health at every appointment for a variety of reasons, but very specifically for this.

 

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You should know the symptoms yourself because sometimes it shows up out of know where suddenly.

Taking your blood pressure daily will go a long way in keeping you aware if something shows up. You can get a blood pressure cup here.

Read the list of symptoms below so you can keep an eye on your health in between appointments. You want to catch this as soon as it starts happening if it occurs.

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High Blood Pressure

 

High blood pressure, especially during pregnancy, can be a warning sign of bigger issues; such as Preeclampsia.

Preeclampsia usually occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy, in the last trimester, and often presents as a sudden increase in blood pressure.

One of the major problems that occur with high blood pressure in pregnancy is a decrease in blood flow to the placenta. It’s very bad news.

 

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When the placenta doesn’t get enough blood, the baby doesn’t get enough oxygen or the essential nutrients it needs to thrive.

High blood pressure is dangerous for both you and your baby and should be taken seriously.

When you have high blood pressure you have a greater risk of infection, and can lead to prematurity and the potential for future breathing problems.

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Blurred Vision

 

Vision changes during pregnancy can be another serious sign of preeclampsia.

The most common visual changes are blurred vision, flashing lights, light sensitivity, auras, and spots.

 

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Vision changes can be an indication of cerebral edema (or swelling of the brain) and should be taken very seriously.

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If you are experiencing vision changes during pregnancy I recommend you seek medical attention right away; DON’T WAIT.

 

Swelling

It’s not uncommon during pregnancy to experience swelling, especially in the feet during the last trimester.

However, severe swelling of any kind or swelling that occurs in the hands, face or around the eyes could be a sign of preeclampsia edema or a warning of other complications.

 

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If you experience a rapid onset of fluid-retention, pitting or discoloration of the skin, it’s important to contact your provider right away.

Because of the complications associated with preeclampsia it’s important that you know the signs and symptoms and seek out care as early as possible.

 

Shortness of Breath

 

Experiencing shortness of breath can be a sign of elevated blood pressure or fluid collecting in the lungs, a rare but serious condition known as pulmonary edema.

Both of these can be a symptom of preeclampsia and should be discussed with your provider.

Combined with mental confusion, heightened anxiety, and a racing pulse, shortness of breath can be a sure sign of something going on.

 

Abdominal Pain

 

Mild stomach pain, cramps or discomfort is common during pregnancy especially during the first 12 weeks while your body is adjusting.

Most of the time mild pain is nothing to worry about. However, persistent abdominal pain or a sudden increase in pain should be checked out.

Preeclampsia can present as abdominal or stomach pain that usually occurs on the right side.

Vomiting combined with abdominal pain can be another serious sign of preeclampsia.

 

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If you are experiencing any pain that is severe or outside the norm talk to your healthcare provider right away.

Other signs of preeclampsia include sudden weight gain, low back pain, protein in the urine, increased reflexes, and nausea or vomiting.

Delivery is not the cure. Preeclampsia can occur after delivery too and puts Mom at risk.

Postpartum preeclampsia can lead to seizures, stroke, organ damage and even death.

Even after delivery, if you are experiencing high blood pressure or other symptoms, please get care right away.

You should take your health very seriously while pregnant and prenatal ( and postnatal ) care are an absolute must.

 

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If you are at greater risk of preeclampsia having a blood pressure cup at home is a good idea. You can find one right here on Amazon.

I wish you all the best mama!

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Labor just started: What You Need To Do Now

Labor just started: What You Need To Do Now

Labor is so exciting! You’ve finally made it and you’re about to meet your baby!

I remember it well ( I’ve had three ) and there’s nothing like that feeling. I miss it so much.

But it is also pretty terrifying and even when you feel prepared it can seem very overwhelming.

So below I have created a list of things for you to do and keep in mind right after your labor starts. There’s also a list of resource posts about labor somewhere down there too. I suggest you read all of them.

This will help you feel like you have it all under control ( and you do mama, you do..)

Keep scrolling to learn more!

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Stay Calm:

 

I know it’s easier said than done but it’s important that you stay calm and don’t panic. Labor isn’t going to stop no matter what you do so it’s important to stay focused and conserve your energy.

Before you go into labor practice deep breathing exercises that will help you when the big day comes.

It’s the first thing you can do to center yourself when you realize what’s happening.

 

If you’re really worried about labor, take a look at the post ” How to take the fear out of Childbirth “. It will really help you get perspective on labor and what it’s like.

Monitor Your Contractions:

 

During labor your contractions will come regularly and get closer together, they will also get stronger and more intense.

It’s important to monitor it so that you know it’s real labor. If the contractions are irregular it could be Braxton Hicks. Learn more about that here. 

Monitoring your contractions can help you, and your doctor, determine if it’s time for you to head to the hospital.

 

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You’ll want to know how far apart they are and how long they last.

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Every woman is different and there is no way to predict how long labor will last or how quickly the baby will come.

It’s important to listen to your body during this time.

 

Call Your Partner:

 

You may want to hold off calling everyone you know but call your spouse or birth partner right away.

 

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Call them early on so they can be there in case labor escalates quickly.

Remember, not only will you need their support during this time, they’ll want to be there.

This is going to be a memorable moment for your relationship.

Other important Labor Resources you should definitely read:

 

Call Your Midwife:

 

If you’re having a home birth call and let your midwife know that you believe labor has started and what you’re to do next.

Having a Midwife has many advantages. Learn about them here. 

 

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Call The Sitter:

 

If you have other children at home, call the sitter.

If you have pets you’ll want to make sure they are taken care of.

If you’re delivering at the hospital, you might want to consider a house sitter.

This is the time to make sure all the ‘stuff’ is being handled so that you can relax and focus on labor and delivery.

 

Make Sure Your Hospital Bag Is Ready:

 

Technically you should already have it ready but just double check you have everything.

Your partner will also need a bag and you’ll need your baby’s things.

Here’s a great list for your hospital bag that you can use. 

 

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Call The Doctor:

 

When contractions become regular, contact your doctor and let them know you are in labor.

Your Doc will want to know how far apart and how long your contractions are.

Once they decide how close you are they’ll let you know when the best time to head to the hospital is.

However, if you are leaking amniotic fluid, have vaginal bleeding or decreased fetal movement it’s important to head to the hospital right away and contact the doctor’s office in route.

If at any time you are uncertain or sense something is wrong, call your doctor.

 

Get Ready To Go:

 

Check to make sure you have everything you need. Your bag should be packed but you’ll also want to make sure you have car keys, money for parking, your phone charger, and your doctor and insurance information.

 

Remember That You Are In Control:

 

Take a few minutes on the way to the hospital to enjoy the silence, collect your thoughts and get into a good headspace.

Once you arrive at the hospital things can get noisy and sometimes happen very quickly.

It can be overwhelming especially if it’s your first time giving birth.

 

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Make sure that your doctor knows your expectations ahead of time.  This can be done by providing a birthing plan. You can find a free one right here.

The doctor and nurse are there to help you but you are the one in control. Communicate your needs clearly with your nurse but always be kind and respectful.

It’s important to develop a good rapport with the hospital staff. Respect ensures that your voice gets heard when it matters the most.

I hope this helps you feel more prepared for your labor and I wish you all the best!

Make sure you read the labor resources I listed above. They will make you a labor expert and you’ll definitely be ready for what’s to come!

One more thing… Don’t get caught unprepared for Postpartum. A lot of women forget to prep for this part of their journey and it causes unnecessary pain and struggles during a time when they should be enjoying their new baby. I know because It happened to me.

For some reason, postpartum preparation is left out of most education and conversation.

Check out the two posts below so you’ll be completely ready for what’s to come!

Postpartum Vaginal Care, You Seriously Need To Know This..

How To Survive Postpartum Pain Without Crying

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How To Reduce Your Fear Of Childbirth

How To Reduce Your Fear Of Childbirth

Having a baby can seem super scary the first time, or even the second time.

Just the idea of it and all the stories we’ve all heard are enough to scare anyone half to death.

But for the most part, childbirth is pretty easy. That’s right.

Sure there’s pain involved but most of the time birthing goes smoothly.

Your instincts will kick in and between that and the medical staff guiding you, you’ll be a birthing warrior with one agenda in mind.

But for now, I know there’s a lot to think about and you may feel worried.

Below is a list of things that will help you feel more prepared and it will really take the fear out of having a baby.

Check it out below!

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Taking A Course

Childbirth classes are the absolute most effective way to take the fear out of the experience.

A Labor and Delivery Nurse will tell you exactly what to expect and how to get through the whole ordeal as easily as possible.

If you don’t have time to go to a class you can take one online. It’s convenient and you can take your time or do it in one sitting.

Here’s the best prenatal class online and the first parts of it are totally free! You will learn absolutely everything you need to know and it will help tremendously so make sure you sign up.

A Class is a must and I think the online ones are the best because you can do it whenever you’re ready.

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Set Up A Birth Plan

 

Setting up a birth plan will help you feel in control of your situation. This is a good thing. You will let the staff know what you expect and your preferences for the birth and your environment.

Once you’ve taken your prenatal class you can begin creating your birthing plan. There are some great templates online. Here’s a good one that covers everything and it’s free to download.

 

 

Read A Book On Childbirth 

Reading a book about giving birth will help put your mind at ease. It will give you an idea of exactly what happens and that will make you feel more prepared.

You should check out Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. She’s a midwife who’s written lots of good books on breastfeeding and birth. It’s the best and you can find it here on Amazon. 

 

Be Fit And Ready

Being fit and ready for birth will go a long way when it comes to making the experience easier.

Fit mamas have shorter and less painful births.

You can take a pregnancy fitness program like the Belly Only Program. This program was created by a fitness expert that specializes in pregnancy so take a look!

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Talk To A Friend  

 

Talking to a friend or even your mother about your fears can help tremendously. They will tell you they’ve been there and it all turned out just fine.

Because it will.

 

 

You’re Were Made For This 

 

Women are made for giving birth. Your body is a birthing machine. The fact that millions of women that came before you have successfully given birth should bring you some comfort.

Your body will take over and it will do its thing so try not to worry and trust in your body’s natural ability to lead you.

 

Choose The Right Practitioner Because It Really Matters 

 

Finding the right doctor or midwife will mean so much.

Read reviews and meet them before you decide. Make sure it’s someone who puts you at ease and seems really empathetic.

You’ll want someone who is in line with your beliefs about birth. That way you know you’ll have the right support.

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Possibly Consider A Doula

 

A Doula is someone who can give you added, expert support during pregnancy and childbirth.

Women have been serving others in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labor process.

They can help provide emotional and Physical support during the birthing process and many women find their presence invaluable. They often provide pain relief and comfort to the mama in the way of massage, breathing and relaxation techniques and help with positioning.

You can learn more about Doulas here. 

 

Be Prepared 

 

Having your hospital bag and belongings packed well in advance will lend you some comfort. Knowing you’re ready when it does happen can help keep your mind at ease.

Make sure you have everything you need with this hospital list download. 

 

 

Have The Right Support

 

Having a good support system is key inside and outside of the delivery room.

Make sure you surround yourself with friends and family that are willing to listen and comfort you when you have questions before the big day.

But the ones you bring in during labor and delivery matter the most. You’ll likely want your partner and maybe your mama { I Did! } to be present to help and comfort you.

Make sure they know your fears ahead of time and that they have a calm and cool attitude.

If they become a nervous wreck then that will only stress you out more so they need to know to keep their cool no matter what and be a support system for YOU.

 

Just Breathe 

 

It sounds simple enough. But when we are nervous or absolutely panicked we often hold our breath. This will make you that much more scared and it will make giving birth harder too.

So being conscious of your breath and practicing before the big day is a good idea.  You need to really give it some thought and give it a little time each day during the third trimester.

Sit down for at least 10 minutes a day and just take deep breaths and clear your mind. Maybe count as you breathe so you’ll have something specific to do if your stress or fear starts to take over.

The main take away here is to educate yourself with a Prenatal classSet up a birthing plan, be fit and ready for the big day and have the right support in all four corners.

You’ll feel so much calmer and prepared if you take these simple steps.

I wish you all the luck in the world!

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