Sugar and spice and everything nice; that’s what little girls are made of... Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails; that’s what little boys are made of. But before that new baby shows up, he might also be made of heartburn, swollen feet and strange cravings. You’re entering into a whole new chapter of your life, and isn’t it exciting? At the same time, it can be daunting, as well. How do you prepare and organize your environment so that you’re as ready as you’ll ever be when the little bundle arrives? I spoke with some honest-to-goodness brand new moms for the best, most current insight I could get. It’s fair to say that yes, experience is the best teacher, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be your own experience to be valuable.
The First Trimester: Planning and Relaxing
The first three months of your pregnancy may be plagued with morning sickness and lethargy. Your body is getting used to being pregnant and it’s tiring work! During this period, there isn’t much that absolutely needs to be done to organize your home or preparations, except for getting plenty of sleep, as you will definitely need it! Kim Suchan, new mother to an 8-week old baby boy, remarked, “While you’re pregnant, put naps on your daily to-do list so you don’t feel guilty about taking one!”