5 Things To Do After Your BFP

Someone very close to me just announced they had a bun in the over and I couldn’t be more excited! It got me thinking back to when I was in my first trimester. I truly valued all of the tips, articles and personal experiences I got. Out of everything I learned and did, these are probably the 5 most important things and what will be on the top of my list next time.

Obviously the first step is calling your OB to set up for your appointment. While on the phone, ask them about prenatal vitamins if you are not already taking them.

There are so many books out there it is easy to get a little overwhelmed. I ended up getting about 12 the last time I counted. While they were all great, these were the ones I found most helpful and kept for future pregnancies.

Baby Bargains is an excellent resource for all of your purchasing needs. They are not sponsored by any company so they are free to provide honest opinions. This is great to read before creating your registry. 
The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy And Birth breaks down each week of your pregnancy and gives a mixture of facts and personal experiences by medical professionals during their own pregnancies. This was my favorite part of each week! 
The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy provides hysterical yet completly accurate stories of life during pregnancy. It covers the good, bad and ugly. I read most of this while commuting into the city for work. I know other passengers probably thought I was nuts as I constantly burst out into laughter. 
 The Baby Book This is great to have on hand for questions before and after baby and covers everything baby.

Consignment sales are absolutely amazing places to pick up maternity cloths, toys, baby accessories, clothing, children’s books and nursery decor. There are consignment stores, consignment organizations that rent out space and host sales during the year and even consignment stores online! You can find new, like new and items in great condition. I would say that 95% of Parker’s toys and clothes are from consignment sales.

My favorite find so far was a Ju-Ju-Be PackaBe Backpack in Cinnamon Champagne, which retails for $140, in like new condition for $30. Although these are some pretty awesome finds as well…

– Pottery Barn drawing desk for $5
– Ball pit for $10
– Go Pod that retails for $50, for $40
– 3 Munchkin dishwasher baskets that retail for $6/each for $1/total
– London Fog snow suit that retails for $50 brand new (with tags) for $16
Kelty K.I.D.S Transit Carrier 2.5 in fantastic condition for $23

I am working on a post about consignment sale shopping that will include some tips, strategies and what you should be on the look out for.

I can’t express how grateful I am for a specific group of women I have come to know since getting my BFP. I originally found them through The Bump but we migrated to Facebook for a little more privacy. We went through our entire pregnancies depending on one another for comfort, answers to our questions and support. It’s easy for people to get tired of you talking about your pregnancy and so what better situation is there then to get together with a bunch of other pregnant women?!?! We do talk about things other than our pregnancies and kids though. I’ve also gotten to meet quite a few of them in person which is a blast. You can read a little more about finding an online group here at one of my Tipful Thursday posts during my pregnancy.

I think it is also important to find a local moms group. I started one for our area on Meet Up. We first met at Panera about 7 months ago. Since then we have started weekly play dates where we discuss sign language, behavior, do crafts, visit parks and zoos. We have also started a baby share system where we can help one another out by watching LO during the day to run errands or at night for a date with the hubs. We are leaving LO with someone we trust and we don’t have to worry about breaking the bank for a date night.

I knew it was important to continue getting exercise throughout my pregnancy but I didn’t realize how important it was until after my pregnancy. These were the two workout DVDs I purchased and I wish I had utilized them more. Here are a few articles that really explain all of the benefits of SAFE exercise during pregnancy.

Physical Activity – March Of Dimes
Seven Great Benefits of Pregnancy Exercise – Baby Center
33 Reasons To Exercise Now – Fit Pregnancy
Top 10 Benefits of Pregnancy Exercise – What To Expect

It is VERY important to talk with your OB about the appropriate type and amount of exercise.

    
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This may be the most important piece of advice I share. I did not get my first prenatal massage until I was at 18 weeks and let me tell you, I had never felt anything so amazing. I know they can be pricey but your body endures so much change and strain during those 9 months, you have to take care of it inside and out. I found that Massage Envy was a great place to go. I signed up for a membership and for $60 a month I got an hour of quiet, peaceful bliss. At least try it once, you can thank me later 😉

These certainly aren’t the only things you should do after you find out you are pregnant but these were the things that I think were the most important looking back! What did you do after you got your BFP? 

Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Tip # 10

I am particularly hungry today so it looks like this weeks post will be
dedicated to my food must haves.

While this is a picture of Pepsi and not Coke, I would still like to dedicate this to a good friend, LWTF! 

First. I must acknowledge my slight crazy obsession with Diet Coke. I do not need coffee in the morning to be my chipper self, but I do start enjoying my daily soda intake with breakfast. Since I am a camel (as my dear sweet hubbs calls me) I am still able to get in all of my water plus some each day while still enjoying 1-4 Diet Cokes. I wish I could say that I am referring to the 8oz cans but in reality, I am speaking of the jumbo Diet Cokes at GW Deli.

You may notice that there is a picture of Pepsi above. This is because the world (or Burke, VA) has something against preggo’s who try and follow the rules and refrain my drinking diet soda, like myself. Have you ever tried looking for caffeine free Pepsi or Coke. Perhaps I have been blind but it has been darn near impossible. Yes, most stores have the 2 liter bottles but I need something in a can or smaller bottle to carry around with me. I have yet to find Caffeine Free Coke (although my Mom & Dad did) and can only find the cans/smaller bottles of Caffeine Free Pepsi in a few select stores.

This lovely beverage has been a life saver for me. I am able to treat myself (since the real stuff has sugar in it) for parties, when I indulge in some pizza or other special events. I have also been seen carrying a bottle into a restaurant, movie theater or fast food place and just asking for a cup of ice with my meal!

I have always loved oyster crackers but they have been very nice to have during pregnancy. I often have salt cravings and these always satisify it! They have also been by my bedside and help on the nights when my heartburn/acid reflux is acting up.

I have already talked about these in another tip but they are so good, they deserve another post! These are a healthy way to curb my sweet tooth 🙂

Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Tip # 9

Ladies, these will become your best friends sooner than you may think! I started noticing the need within my first 2-3 months. I ignored it for awhile but there comes a time when you just have to face the fact that your cup size isn’t the only thing that is growing. These are a great way to use your current bra’s just a little longer and to even extend the preggo bras you buy until after birth when you know exactly what size you need postpartum. 
You can find them at a ton of stores including craft stores like Michale’s and AC Moore. They are a decent price and well worth the investment. 

Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Tip # 8

I would like to dedicate this weeks tip to a group of very special ladies that I have gotten to know over the last few months who have been there to cheer me on, support me and comfort me! I have actually never met any of these ladies in person but I know some of them as well as, if not more, than colleagues and IRL (in real life) friends. 
This week’s tip is dedicated to a group of Mom’s who are also expecting in July. I thought that this point in my pregnancy would be a good time to introduce this tip because I have been needing them more now then ever! 
Before I continue, I wanted to make a few things a little more clear for those of you who do not know me well or at all. I have an AMAZING family and husband. My parents have been supportive my entire life and are there for anything I need emotionally and physically. The same can be said for my Sissy who is more like my best friends and has always been my partner in crime. Let’s also not forgot about my amazing husband who has stood by my side for over 3 years and I have no doubt will continue to do so for the next 70+. With that being said, none of the above mentioned individuals are currently pregnant and so I try to limit my “baby talk” around them. 
This is where these amazing ladies come in. If you have never been pregnant, you maybe wondering what we could possibly talk about all day long. Well let me tell you, just about EVERYTHING. Sometimes we discuss things that are not pregnancy related like recipes, TV shows, the weather, etc… For the most part though, we talk about babies 24/7. We share pictures, gender reveals, we ask each other questions, share interesting articles or look to each other for support. I have learned a lot throughout my pregnancy from these ladies through their posts and comments.  

So, for all of you Mommies-To-Be, I strongly encourage you to find some online forum or group where you can mingle and share your pregnancy journey with them. There are day’s you will need it for support and day’s where you want to just share about that amazing LO (little one) growing inside your belly!   

Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Tip #7

I feel the need to start this tip with a little disclaimer. While I am a MaryKay consultant, I am reccomending these items because they are amazing and speak for themselves, not just because I happen to sell them :o)
Two big things I noticed after getting pregnent were constant dry/chapped lips and never having the energy to wash my face at night. I will confess that while I hound my sister about washing her face at night, it has slipped from time to time 1-2 nights a week for me lately. These two products have been AMAZING to have on hand. 
The MK lip protector with sunscreen keeps my lips moist, healthy and gives me a little shine! I don’t tend to wear make-up much aside from this and a little mascara but it is amazing how far those two little items can go. 
The facial cloths are a quick way to clean the day and dirt off my face. I have heard other preggo’s talk about issues with their skin and I haven’t noticed anything so I will attribute that to this product. I will also be putting these in my hospital bag so that I can get freshened up w/o even leaving my bed. Rob can wet it and bring it right to me!