Often pregnancy is glorified, in movies or books. You’ll glow and feel the joy of baby’s kicks. You and your partner will spend gleeful hours shopping at baby marts for strollers and baby monitors. You will take luxurious naps, get pedicures, relaxing and enjoying this pre-baby time. You will feel full of life, excited, on the precipice of a new day.
There are many wonderful things about making a baby – after all you’re growing a life inside you. Oh, the joy of the first ultrasound when you hear baby’s heartbeat. And your doctor will give you a beautiful picture you of that baby to show off. . . as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
You may also, either from the picture or from other tests, find out the sex of the baby. This will lead others to butt in on naming your baby for you. Say what?! I know. And you thought you would get to name your own baby. Silly you. Just smile and nod and thank them for their input. Your cousin may be paying for that high-end baby monitor but that doesn’t mean he gets the baby named after him. Remember, smile and nod. It’s your baby. You name it.
You may also want to prepare a few other things that might crop up. For one thing, when you’re pregnant you’re not short on unsolicited advice. It comes from everywhere and everyone. It’s not always accurate, nor is it always welcome, so it’s best to have as many resources on hand you can trust.
They will tell you nursing is the only way to have a healthy baby. “That baby needs to bond with you, nurse him all day and all night!” They may tell you bottle-fed babies are more well-adjusted. “Your baby will never leave the nest unless you give her a bottle and teach her to be independent!”
Some may “tsk tsk” at you if they see you eating peanut butter “That baby’s going to be allergic! Do you want to spend your life in the ER?” or they may try to force feed you peanuts and strawberries “It’s the only way to be sure baby doesn’t die of anaphylactic shock! I am telling you, advice comes in all shapes and sizes. Get yourself a decent pregnancy book, a good doctor, and trust your instinct. There. You have resources.
You know what else you can expect? Light bladder leakage (LBL). I know! No one tells you this. It’s not a big deal and it happens to the best of us. And the rest of us. Really. But LBL doesn’t have to be something to sneeze at … there are solutions that are as close as your medicine cabinet. Allow me to introduce you to Poise pads and liners. These pads are equipped with super absorbent material that catches leaks and keeps you feeling dry. Unlike regular period pads that are designed for menstruation, these pads are specifically designed for bladder leaks. Plus, they’re thin and comfortable and absorb odours!
Now, here’s something else you may not expect. Heartburn. And I mean fiery hot heartburn, like hotter-than-the-sex-that-got-you-pregnant heartburn. So, keep that medicine cabinet stocked with antacids too. It will come in the middle of the night, it will wake you up, it will burn, and you will also have to pee, of course. Certain items become staples during a pregnancy. Take it from me.
Now, you know everything you need to know. Have a great pregnancy and congratulations! You’re going to be a great mom. (Now here’s a coupon for a discount on your poise.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Poise, but all opinions are our own.