17 Moms Share Advice On Pregnancy For First Time Moms

The list of things to know about pregnancy for first time moms can seem overwhelming as you’re processing the fact that your body is carrying a new little life that you will meet in just a few short months. As a first time mom you might be buckling under the pressure and panicking a bit as some early symptoms set in or your belly begins to grow.

If it seems like there are a million things to talk about before having a baby and you don’t know where to start – start with these tips and advice from other moms who have been there!

When I found out I was pregnant with our first daughter it was a bit of a shock. My husband and I had only been married for about a month and while we knew it was possible, we weren’t expecting it to happen so soon! We were thrilled to be soon welcoming a child into the world but also still extremely nervous and overwhelmed by all of the change that it meant. From dealing with the changes to my health to preparing logistically with our living space, there was a long list of things to figure out! It was all new and it was certainly a bit intimidating. 

If you also find yourself feeling a bit intimidated or overwhelmed as a new mom to be, you’re not alone! 

In this post I’ve compiled quotes of advice, encouragement, and tips from 17 other moms who have all been in your shoes! Motherhood is an intensely hard but beautiful journey. Let these pieces of wisdom for the soon to be mommy from other moms guide you and calm your anxiety as you begin your own beautiful motherhood journey.

Tips & Advice From Moms On Having Your First Baby

“Everyone knows about postpartum depression, but we rarely speak about antepartum depression, which is just as prevalent and more dangerous. Know the difference between pregnancy hormones and emotions, and antepartum depression.”
~Tiffany at SavingTalents.com

“During my pregnancy I had acid reflux all day long. Eating prior or only certain things didn’t help. Until I tried Ginger Ale nothing helped. My tip if you do not like to take medication for your upset stomach during pregnancy, give Ginger Ale a try. It will not harm.”
~ Susanne at LilTigers.net

“Move in ways that feel good. While working out while pregnant can be great, the focus should be more on moving and less on forcing something. Your body changes so much day to day that one day something will feel good and the next it won’t. Focus on the feel good and embracing the body changes!”
~ Shelby from Fitasamamabear.com

“The reality is you can never be fully prepared for your child’s arrival to the world. But don’t spend nine months worrying about all that can go wrong. Instead, enjoy your pregnancy. Pregnancy is a special time, so don’t waste it on being stressed out. That’s not good for you or the little one’s health.”
~ Ashley from IrishTwinsMomma.com

“One thing I absolutely hated was my itchy hospital gown! I didn’t even think to pack something else to wear for photos and things like that for after birth so I got stuck with photos of me and baby in my gown. Later on I realized you could actually get super cute stuff to wear after birth (they have matching outfits for mom and baby postpartum). They’re made of nice soft fabrics and have easy open clasps/buttons for breastfeeding. Double win! Make sure you think about what you’re going to be comfortable in after giving birth.”
~ Cendu Param from CenduParam.com

“Just because there’s a bunch of checklists out there of what you need for your baby doesn’t mean you really need to buy it all. For example we never had a changing table and I would do it all over again. Instead we used a simple diaper caddy to change right where you are.”
~ Linda from AllAboutBabyBlog.com

“My biggest tip for first time moms is to spend some real time thinking about what YOU want for your birth and postpartum period. You don’t have to deliver with the OBGYN you’ve always gone to, but the sooner you decide what you want the easier it will be to make a change. Additionally, becoming a mother is about you, and that includes the postpartum period. If you don’t want visitors right away, that’s ok! Stick to your guns and trust your mama gut.”
~ Siobhan from MimosasAndMotherhood.com

“Set your expectation before baby is here. Baby sleeps for 12-18 hours but still you won’t get enough sleep in first few months. Read as much as you can about fundamental of baby sleep so you don’t get frustrated when they don’t sleep at night.”

~ Pranali from EmpiricalMama.com
“It sounds cliché, but the biggest tip I can give is to enjoy each stage while it lasts! Motherhood can be a serious challenge, but every phase will pass and there will be things you miss about each one, I promise.”
~ Jessica from Fantabulocity.com
“My number #1 tip is to eat healthy fats especially avocado. I found that it helps beat a lot of the fat related cravings through pregnancy and when i have done this it has stopped a big weight gain during pregnancy. Plus, it’s one small step in keeping you and your baby healthy through the pregnancy.”
~ Samantha from RecipeThis.com
“Be cautious and look for signs of antepartum depression. Most people put those symptoms up as pregnancy hormones, but they could be the sign of something more concerning.”
~ Tiffany from SavingTalents.com
“Don’t assume that medicines that are OK to take while pregnant are OK to take while nursing. Some medicines, especially ones that can cause sleepiness, may be fine while pregnant but not while nursing. The reverse can also apply. So make sure to ask your doctor about both!”
“Stock your freezer before baby comes! Sleepless newborn nights are the worst and not having to worry about meals is such a relief. Don’t forget to freeze a few breakfast or brunch meals too.”
~ Audrey from TwoPinkPeonies.com
“It’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to be uncertain, and it’s okay TO BE HONEST. Because I can promise you this—you are not the only one feeling this way.”
~ Marley from MarleysMenu.com
“Be sure to listen to your body and be in tune with it at all stages. Sometimes you’ll have bursts of energy; sometimes you’ll need to lay down and take a nap. Trust your intuition. If something feels off to you, be sure to check in with your doctor. This isn’t a time to be super-woman – be sure to take care of yourself as your body is growing another human being!”
“Never say no to help. Having your first baby is exhausting and overwhelming – you will need a break and help so take it whenever it is offered.”
“Invest in pregnancy clothes right away. If budget is an issue, borrow them or buy them used. When you give birth, you’ll still look six months pregnant for a while. The comfort is worth the investment.”
~ Jacqueline from MomMoneyMap.com
My advice for mom to be? Take it one day at a time. Pregnancy is the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I had to live by that mantra daily. Just surviving often felt somewhat impossible from day to day and looking too far ahead only caused me to become more discouraged, overwhelmed, or depressed. Most pregnancies are not near as hard as mine were, so don’t let my experience dishearten you. However, if your pregnancy already doesn’t live up to all that you expected it to be don’t lose heart. Just tell yourself to take it one day at a time and don’t look too far ahead down the road. It feels so long but you will get there.
And the reward on the other side is precious beyond words.
I hope that you found these tips, pieces of advice, and things to know about pregnancy for first time moms helpful as you embark on the journey of welcoming your own little one (or ones!) into this world. Have any tips of your own that you’ve learned along the way? Share them in the comments below!
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17 Moms Share Advice For Mom To Be