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My 9 Best Ever Pregnancy Tips and Secrets

From Everyday Family

I have to say, that I'm not a big fan of giving out advice, especially to pregnant women. The truth is, there are just a lot of things about motherhood that can't be described-many times, you have to just figure it out as you go or discover what works best for you.

But at the same time, my training as an OB nurse and earning my marks as a veteran mother of three does inspire me to pass on a few tricks and tips of the trade. So without further ado, I present to you: 9 of my best ever pregnancy tips:

Not everyone gets morning sickness.

If you are newly pregnant, you may be wondering if you will get to experience the widely-discussed pregnancy phenomenon also known as puking your guts out. The good news? Some pregnant women skip right over the morning sickness and jump right into that second trimester energy spurt. The bad news? The majority of pregnant women will feel some sort of nausea in the first trimester.

If you do get sick, there are ways around it.

A lot of women silently suffer through morning sickness, considering it just a part of pregnancy, but the truth is there are things you can do to help relieve the plight of pregnant puking. One common culprit for morning sickness can actually be your prenatal vitamins: do an experiment by skipping a morning to see if that helps your morning sickness. If you notice a difference, talk to your healthcare provider as he or she may be able to prescribe a different type of vitamin that might not make you so sick. Other tricks of the trade include nibbling on saltines, trying a nausea bracelet, or - if the sickness is very severe - the doctor may even try an anti-nausea medication.

Know that every woman experiences labor and birth differently.

I cannot stress this one enough. Every, every woman experiences contractions and pushing completely differently. I have literally seen women cruise into the hospital dilated all the way to 10 without so much as breaking a sweat and watched others writhe in agony when they were barely dilated to 1 cm. Women are built differently and everyone's pain tolerance is different, plain and simple.

There's no such thing as "bouncing back" after a baby.

Allow me to expound on this one. It's my theory that there are two types of women in the world: those who have a baby and have no trouble fitting back into their pre-pregnancy clothes and those who have to work very, very hard at losing the baby weight. And no matter which category you fall into, the truth is, sometimes, your body completely changes after a baby, even if you find yourself back to your pre-baby weight. Your hips may shift, your feet may grow, and overall, you may find that "bouncing back" really means welcoming your new mama body instead.

Pregnancy is not a time for making lasting decisions.

Look, I'm the first to champion that women can do everything. But I also have to admit that pregnancy may not be the most rational-thinking time in your life. You may think that you will be an attachment parenting devotee or you may know that you know that you want to formula feed, but give yourself permission to change your mind. It will be the best gift you can give your child.

You get a free pass for all pregnancy dreams.

On the off chance that you end up having a rather provocative dream involving a rather chiseled celebrity (ahem) just know that pregnancy hormones are completely crazy in that brain of yours right now and many women report some pretty interesting dreams during their pregnancies. So your secret is safe with us!

Buy yourself same nice maternity clothes.

If you're anything like me, you hate spending money on a wardrobe that feels like something you will only wear for a few months. But take it from me - invest in a few key maternity pieces that will make you feel great and comfortable. It's so worth it in the end. You deserve to feel great about yourself during such a major change in your life. And if you play your cards right, you can pick pieces that will help you transition into the postpartum phase as well. Key pieces for any maternity wardrobe include long, stretch tank tops for layering, at least one maxi dress, a nice pair of maternity jeans, and a bigger bra! Which leads me to...

It might be a while before you fit into your "regular" clothes again.

When I had my first baby, I eagerly packed my hospital bag with one of my pre-pregnancy outfits... and quickly got a rude awakening when I couldn't even pull my pants over my thighs, let alone zip the darn things. My advice? Stick to maternity clothes for your big arrival home.

Pregnancy really is an amazing time in your life.

I know how hard it can be. I know how much you will want it over by the end. But I also promise you - it really is an amazing gift to be able to bring a human being into this world. Your body is doing something remarkable each and every day and you, mama-to-be, are beautiful.

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