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7 Things I’ll Do Differently For My Next Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a drastically different experience from one woman to the next. Regardless of your situation, it’s definitely a roller coaster of excitement and nerves!

There are people (like myself!) who are sick and medicated until the day they deliver, and then others (whom I cursed every day of my pregnancy!) who say they’ve never felt healthier than when they were with child!

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No matter which category you fit into, chances are there will be things you will plan to approach differently the next time if you become pregnant again. For me, I have 7.

These are things that, in hindsight, I feel that if I approached them differently the next time, would make the entire process easier, and healthier.

7 Things I’ll Change During My Next Pregnancy

1) Slow Down!

Next time around, I will definitely slow down a lot sooner, by choice, instead of just when my body forces me to!

For some reason, many of us have this image in our heads of pregnant woman who can take on the world, and deliver with a big fat smile on their face through the entire thing.

We think that if for some reason we slow down, we are “giving in”, or showing that in some way we are not as strong as other women.

This is one idea I would throw right out the window, and I would slow down, enjoy the experience (the good, the bad, and the ugly!), and possibly even improve the nausea and fatigue in the process!

2) Watch My Diet!

It’s very common to go through different phases in nutrition throughout your pregnancy. Who knows what cravings will be thrown at you day after day!

Next time around, I will make a conscious effort to be more aware of the nutritional value of what I’m eating, instead of simply trying to “get my fix”!

On the flip side, I will also remember that because I am making conscious decisions about what I put in my body, to never get frustrated with myself for giving into those cravings when I do.

3) Take The Help!

Again, this comes back to a feeling that accepting help signifies “weakness”…not so!

I was so adamant to do everything on my own, I even refused help in my home after bringing my son home from the hospital…after a C-section!

I had literally just had surgery, and could not bring myself to accept help from others. I’m really not sure at this point what I was trying to prove (looking back, it appears I was showing how foolish I was!), but the next time around I will definitely take any and all help I can get!

4) Stop Going Crazy With The Baby Stuff!

Next time around, I won’t get sucked into all the cutesy “must have” clothes, toys, and devices.

My son has never noticed how much he has, and is just as happy playing with a piece of paper as he is with a children’s kitchen setup!

The extra stuff does nothing but clutter up the house, adding more stress when you need it least!

Simplify, make sure you have the necessities (and lots of them!), and you’ll be all set for your big day!

My doctor put it best when I told her how much stuff I got at my baby shower:

“All you need when you have a baby is two boobs and a car seat…because they won’t let you take them home without a car seat”!

5) Overpack My Hospital Bag

I was worried about packing too much the last time around, this time I’m packing the house!

If ever there is a time where you need to feel comfortable, it’s while giving birth!

Pack anything and everything that will help you through your labor and delivery, and keep in mind it can last an entire day, sometimes longer.

Magazines, mp3 players, your favorite pillow, slippers, hair bands, sleep mask…pack it all!

6) Prepare For Tough Days Ahead

The last thing we wanted to do is spend more money when we were just about to add to our family, so we planned ahead and made “freezer meals” so eating well would be a piece of cake when sleep was no longer in the equation.

I was about to learn that when you are nursing and sleep deprived, even just turning on the oven and getting something out of the freezer can be too much work!

Next time around, I will save $10 a week throughout my pregnancy so that when those more trying days come along, I can order in without feeling sorry for our bank account!

7) I’ll Give In To Maternity Wear Sooner

I wanted to pretend for as long as possible in my first pregnancy that I was still so “cute and petite” that I could still wear my regular clothes…not so much next time!

Now that I know how much more comfortable maternity wear is (and how stylish it can be!) I’ll be hopping in as soon as the bump makes it’s first appearance!

While I missed the boat on a few things the first time around, I am definitely excited to have this hindsight guide me through my next pregnancy, to help me feel stronger, healthier, and more free to enjoy the ride!

Jenny Wong

Jenny Wong

A mom who has an insatiable desire for learning and experiencing new things. A breastfeeding advocate with a bubbly personality. A loyal friend. Love writing, traveling, shopping, chatting and (mostly) sleeping LOL. Well hey, moms need all the beauty sleep they can get, y'know!

27 comments

  • I was sick with all my pregnancies for the whole 9 months…even water made me sick and throwing up til the day I delivered…these are all great tips! Yes overpack because guess what, if you ask the husband to bring you stuff, he’ll bring you the thong and push up bra that can barely go around your thigh!

  • This is a great list of things to do the next pregnancy. The number one thing I would have done was to slow down and enjoy the experience for sure along with documenting something each day during the whole pregnancy.

  • Yeah, if I have a third time around, I won’t bother to decorate a nursery. We’ve loved the Arms Reach co-sleeper, and we’re about to transition our 6 month old to a crib…..that we’re about to take apart and put in our room! HA!

  • Ahhh I’m so with you when it comes to over packing! I was trying to be all simple and yeah…. If there is a next time… I’m bringing my whole house lol

  • When I was pregnant with my son, which was my third pregnancy, I learned that I had plenty of time do baby shopping and getting everything that I needed for him. I did not have to stress out my whole pregnancy about stuff like that. I also learned to take it easy and it is okay to rest when I felt I needed to.

  • I feel the same about slowing down and taking help. I haven’t done any of that with my previous 6 pregnancies so if I’m lucky and get another those will be huge.

  • I am done having little ones. One thing I would do if I were to have another one would be to ENJOY every moment. It happens so quickly and then it is over. Nice post.

  • Love the idea of saving for take out. Im currently expecting and don’t have much of a support system around me saving a few dollars would be handy on those rough post pregnancy days

  • I’ve never been pregnant but I think my mom was pretty sick with hers. I have been extremely sleep deprived with healing my cat the last three months so I can relate to that. I turned to convenience foods for a while because I just didn’t have the bandwidth to deal with anything else. Great tips here.

  • I agree pregnancy is definitely a different experience for every women. To have a control over the diet is always going to be primary & I am not sure if it will be easy to get rid of the craziness over the baby stuff as you always think much about the must have clothes & toys.

  • I would probably do the same. I’m going to watch my diet. My pregnancy with the twins made me a sucker for sugar and I’m already a sweet tooth to begin with. I remember finishing an entire cake all by myself. Lol.

  • These are great ideas. I think I was nervous so I ended up buying way more baby toys, supplies etc. than I actually needed. Thankfully some of it was useful for my second.

  • My first pregnancy, I was a worried mama to be with a demanding job. I loved being pregnant, but I didn’t enjoy it — if that makes sense. My second time, I had gobs of complications during pregnancy and after, and really didn’t get to enjoy that one either. I’m just going to wait until I can enjoy it from the grandma side of things (hopefully in the far distant future)! 🙂

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    Jenny Wong

    Jenny Wong

    A mom who has an insatiable desire for learning and experiencing new things. A breastfeeding advocate with a bubbly personality. A loyal friend. Love writing, traveling, shopping, chatting and (mostly) sleeping LOL. Well hey, moms need all the beauty sleep they can get, y'know!

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