Pregnancy Advice

I am super excited because of my pregnancy and the joyful anticipation that it has brought me. As in, I will be a mother for the first time in my life. Every woman would feel extremely happy to hold her first-born and knowing they will be called “mum.” This is the sweetest word on earth that every mother would want to hear. First-time mothers get scared of little and minor things.

When I got pregnant, I hardly knew how to handle mood swings, body changes or even how to take care of my hygiene. Well, I embarked on my search and learned a few things on how to handle my first-time pregnancy.

Here are a few things to know:  

Avoid reading materials that might make you anxious

pregnant woman reading

I have a lot of information from books. These numerous recommendations, made me feel confused. Some of them stated the things I should not do and the ones I should do. These details concerned how to handle some pregnancy signs I might get.

Kicks, cramps and headaches became very common. I did not know how to handle those signs. Well, let me tell you confidently that you should avoid reading too much. Instead, you should visit your care provider to check the progress of your pregnancy.

Do not be afraid of your glowing look

I had stayed for five months without meeting with my sister. When we met, I was surprised to hear her say that I looked like a 16-year-old girl. She said my skin and hair was oily and glowing. When I mentioned this to my doctor, he said that pregnancy enhances beauty and improve my health. He added that some pregnancies that make women pimply or blotchy, but all these effects are normal.

Take control of your appetite

When I got pregnant, I started craving for food that I would never had imagined I would want to eat. Some of these had many calories, and they made me add weight. My doctor was surprised by my quick weight gain. He said that this was not healthy for the baby and me because it could lead to health problems like high blood pressure. Pregnancy by itself makes you gain weight because you have a living being growing inside you. Therefore, you should eat healthy food to give you energy throughout your pregnancy.

Admit that you will add weight

Whether you like it or not, you will add weight at some time during your pregnancy. Therefore, you should feel good about your new shape. The best thing to do is to buy new clothes that fit you. I went and shopped for the sexiest clothes of all. Some women think that they should wear shaggy, unattractive clothes just because they were pregnant. Avoid such clothes.

Shop around for baby clothes and yours

pregnant woman with paper bags

Since your body shape and size will change, ensure that you purchase new fitting clothes. In addition, you will be expecting a baby soon. So purchase everything a baby needs be it clothes or feeding utensils. You should get the best care provider such as hypnobirthing coaches and midwives.

Enjoy intimacy as much as you can

When I got pregnant, I was worried of whether it was right and safe to have sex. Luckily, my doctor said it was safe unless he said not to. Since then I have enjoyed my sex just as I did when I was not pregnant.

Thinking Ahead

Looking for the best sleeping position is a priority for me whether I am pregnant or not. After a hard day’s work, sleeping nicely is one comfort that you cannot afford to stay without. This helps your body to recharge nicely for the following day’s rendezvous at the office. Now that I am pregnant, I am looking for the best way to ease my discomfort. The nights are long, the baby is giving me fatigue and I am finding it hard on my back. The last thing I want now is to have the doctor prescribe bed rest for me.  

I am five weeks pregnant and I have been thinking of various ways of easing the discomforts that come with pregnancy especially in the months to come. Comfort during pregnancy is very crucial and one way of ensuring that enjoy my journey with less discomforts is by getting myself a nice pregnancy pillow.

All of my friends have used pregnancy pillows and they tell me that those pillows were indeed lifesavers. But the best thing that I love about these pillows is that when I am done being pregnant, I can still use them. So I went online to vjpillow.com to search for information from the recommendation of my friend and I found quite a lot.

In my search for the best pregnancy pillows in the market, I came across the following two brands that were really impressive:

Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

Leachco Snoogle

The Leachco Snoogle body pillow is designed to support the natural shape of your body while you fall asleep. It is a great pillow for the pregnant women and even for anyone else since it offers great support and comfort for the areas of your body that would otherwise just flop on the mattress unsupported.

This pillow comes in a C-shape and you can be able to adjust the pillows position and height to suit your personal needs. When the head part is okay for you, the rest of the pillow is able to offer the necessary support to your tummy, hips, neck and back according to your preferred sleeping position.

The Leachco Snoogle pillows work well for the people who sleep on their back and the ones who sleep on their side. The fabric is soft and breathable and the cover is removable and machine-washable. You can learn more details here, and be set to enjoy one of the best cuddly moments with a body pillow.

For the pregnant moms, the pillow not only cradles your belly to ensure that the baby is growing safely but it will also help you while nursing after the baby is born. This is a perfect pillow for protecting you against a backache.

Pros

Full body support

Relieves back and hips pressure

Very comfortable

A cotton cover can be bought separately

Cons

Not travel-friendly

 

Moonlight Slumber Comfort-U Pillow

Moonlight Slumber Comfort

The Moonlight Slumber Comfort is a u-shaped full body pregnancy pillow that offers extreme support and comfort for pregnant moms while supporting the growing baby while you are sleeping or resting.

This pillow ensures that your head, neck, shoulders, back and hips are all aligned perfectly so that you enjoy your sleep without any body aches. Due to its length and construction, it helps you to maintain a stable sleeping position throughout the whole night.

The pillow is made of good quality material that is soft and breathable, keeping you cool all night long. It is hypoallergenic and therefore ideal for people with allergies and for pregnant and nursing mothers and it does not have any unpleasant or uncomfortable odor.

The cover is made of pure cotton. It can be removed for washing on its own, and it is easy to put back once cleaned. The pillow itself is machine washable when need be and its quality will not be interfered with.

Pros

Hypoallergenic making it good for people who have allergies

Breathable material will keep you cool at night

Zippered and removable cover for washing

Made with high-quality material

Optimum support and comfort

Cons

Maybe too large for some people

These are just two of the best body pillows for pregnant women. There are more of them as you can see on https://vjpillow.com/best-water-reviews/.

Maternity Pillows

Pregnancy comes with many challenges in terms of comfort, whether you are sleeping or sitting. I used to get this discomfort and so I decided to search for a good item that I could use. Luckily, I came across maternity pillows. I went ahead and bought the best pregnancy pillows that I have used for the past six months. I have enjoyed many benefits like improvement in my blood circulation, long/relaxed sleeping hours and comfort to pains or aches.

Here are the benefits of using pregnancy pillows:

Great support for the body

pregnant woman sleeping on bed

When I was searching for pregnancy pillows, I was focused on the one that will provide me support for my back, shoulders and neck. In the past, I had problems with my back and neck and was worried the pain might come back during my pregnancy. My doctor advised me to sleep in a half-fetal pose to reduce pain in my back. Pregnancy pillows have helped to reduce pressure on my back and spine. They have aligned my hips and back because of the proper posture that they give me. I now sleep in a more comfortable way.

They are very comfortable

Sleeping on your stomach is dangerous and uncomfortable. You can escape this risk when you use a pregnancy pillow. These pillows are soft, which will help you calm down and relax.

Terminates body pains and aches

Pregnancy made me add weight even without eating high-calorie food. This added weight might strain different body parts causing pains and aches. However, with the use of pregnancy pillows, you can eliminate these aches.

Pregnancy pillows induce sleep

Now that my pain on the back, shoulders and neck have reduced (thanks to pregnancy pillows) I can now sleep comfortably. When pregnant, I feel sleepy almost all the time. An improper posture can hinder you from getting good sleep at night and during the day. Luckily, I bought pregnancy pillows and I can now sleep comfortably.  

Sleeping in a proper position

Taking the wrong sleeping position can exert unnecessary pressure on your unborn, which is very risky for the baby and you. Pregnancy pillows will help you get the best movements and reduce your chances of sleeping in the wrong positions.

Improved blood circulation

woman lying down

Low blood circulation is risky for pregnant women. You can get out of this risk by sleeping in the right position. Pregnancy pillows can help you adopt a position that will promote the circulation of your blood. For instance, doctors recommend that you to sleep on the side but you cannot do so without pillows. Pregnancy pillows are soft and comfortable when sleeping on the side. Thus, your blood circulation will be easy, which will be beneficial for your pregnancy.

Useful after delivery

Pregnancy pillows are not only useful during pregnancy, but also after delivery. For instance, you can support your baby when feeding. In addition, you can use the pillows as protection when they are sleeping to prevent the baby from rolling over and getting hurt.  

Before I came across all these benefits of pregnancy pillows, I thought they were meant only for babies. Well, now I know they can offer support, comfort, relaxation, improved blood circulation, and other benefits for the body.