Now that I’ve had my baby, I am qualified to give advice to pregnant women – because there is nothing pregnant women love more than getting advice from strangers. So, here is what I’ve learned in my journey:
- The only real cure for nausea is throwing up. Sometimes drinking ice water with a little lemon juice helped me prolong the inevitable, but really, nothing relieves that ill feeling better than a good ole fashioned heave.
- Resist the urge to punch people in the face when they tell you what you should and shouldn’t be eating, drinking, wearing, lifting, etc. The only person you should listen to is your doctor – unless you don’t trust your doctor. If you don’t trust your doctor, don’t punch her; just find another one.
- Don’t worry about trying to “rest up” or “catch up on all your sleep now.” People used to tell me to do these things as if I could put sleep in a bank. I had insomnia throughout most of my pregnancy and it actually worked to my benefit. It got me used to waking up in the middle of the night. The only difference now is that I actually have a reason to be waking up, and that makes it so much more tolerable. And the best part is that after I address my baby’s needs, I can actually go back to sleep! Yes, some nights my baby is extra fussy, and it can be frustrating trying to figure out what’s wrong, but I would so much rather be up at night with an actual problem to solve, than deal with the ones my head makes up. (See prior blog post on flurpity flurp.)
- Take at least one day to go out and spoil yourself. Go shopping. Get a pedicure. See a movie. Go out to eat. Take a walk in the park. Whatever. I think having a baby is much better than being pregnant, but the one thing I miss is the freedom of being able to go somewhere without feeling like my breasts keep me tethered to the house. Even if you’re not breastfeeding, you may feel like you are the only one who can properly care for your newborn, and it will be hard to leave the house guilt free, so do it now while you can. Regardless of how you’ll feel with a newborn, it’s important to treat yourself in the third trimester anyway, because when you feel like a bloated, arthritic elephant, a day at the spa can be a really nice pick-me-up.