I am so grateful to have had two healthy pregnancies. Before we even thought about starting a family, I knew that I wanted to have access to the best essential and nutritional options if I were to fall pregnant.
But what I wasn’t really aware of at the time, is that taking care of yourself prior to falling pregnant was just as important!
Luckily for me, I had a few friends who were pregnant before me and they educated me on the steps you need to take prior to planning for a family.
Probably the most important piece of advice I received was to take prenatal vitamins.
Not only are they important during pregnancy, but also before AND after, while breastfeeding.
This week is Pregnancy Awareness Week In South Africa. The purpose of it is to promote and educate women and the public about pregnancy and also to enhance healthy pregnancies – as well as healthy babies.
I think it’s a great initiative, as new and expectant Moms need all the support they can get.
In line with Pregnancy Awareness Week, Pampers and I thought it would be appropriate to share some tips for expectant Moms on how to keep healthy and stay informed throughout pregnancy and beyond.
Here are a few tips to keep you and baby healthy and safe:
This picture was taken at my Baby shower, which was exactly a day and a half before Aidan was unexpectedly born. It’s basically my last special pregnancy memory as just less than 48 hours later, I was holding Aidan in my arms.
He was born 3 weeks before his due date and I had such a lot planned for those last few weeks. I wanted to work for at least another 2 weeks, I wanted to do the final touches to Aidan’s nursery, but most importantly I wanted to spend a lot of special time with Alyssa before her whole world changed. Although things didn’t work out that way, it worked out just fine.
My pregnancy with Alyssa was different.
I was chatting to some girlfriends recently, comparing notes about our experiences as Moms. We all concurred that once you have a baby (let alone 2 or 3) your body will never be the same as it was pre-pregnancy day’s – EVER again.
Yes, sometimes Women do not pick up alot of weight during their pregnancy and do fit into their pre-pregnancy clothes within days of giving birth – me being one of them – your body will however still have some form of evidence that you’ve become a Mom!
Here’s my list of evidence that I’ve given birth before: