When you find out you’re pregnant for the first time, countless thoughts rush through your head. You might be wondering what the first step should be, what lifestyle changes you need to make immediately, or what it will be like to undergo drastic body changes.
Whether you have already taken the test and found out you’re pregnant for sure, or simply plan to become pregnant soon, you are likely already aware of the basic rules for taking care of your baby and yourself. Quit smoking immediately, get plenty of rest, and pay attention to your nutrition; these are a few of the obvious guidelines.
But what about the finer details that you haven’t already learned or heard about? Pregnancy is exciting, miraculous, and has the added benefit of bringing out the charity and kindness in those you interact with. But the experience can also be a bit stressful, not just for your body, but for your mind.
A New Stage of Life
As soon as you know you’re expecting, your whole life is different from that moment onward. Your ways of working, living, and playing all change due to this new, tiny person you have yet to meet. The colleague at work you’ve never interacted with before, the barista at your favorite coffee shop, and that random person at the farmer’s market all suddenly want to talk to you about intimate, private subjects.
They might ask you whether you’ll be breastfeeding, or how many pounds you’ve put on. They might even give you details about their past pregnancy that you never would have thought to ask for.