I’m Pregnant! Now What?

Whether this is your first or, um, fifth, those two little lines can come as quite a shock.  A happy surprise, a much-prayed for addition, or an Are Your Kidding Me?! aside, it’s time to grow a baby.  So now what?

One of the amazing, miracle aspects of pregnancy is that there’s a lot we can do to keep mama and baby healthy, and yet there is so much way beyond our control.  No amount of eating the right diet or doing the right exercises is going to keep baby in there.  The unexpected and devastating does sometimes happen.  That doesn’t mean we don’t do our best, though!

In those first early weeks and throughout pregnancy, I do feel better if I control what I can control, pray fervently for that new life, and do my very best to let go of the rest.

Pregnancy Diet

As early as possible, (because let’s face it, sometimes morning sickness will dictate your diet, and if you have to get 90% of your calories from cheese for a time, then do it!) I try to start planning my meals and snacks based on the principles of The Brewer Diet, which I first learned about in my Bradley Method Natural Birthing classes with our first pregnancy.

This high-protein, nutrient-loaded diet supports what mom and baby need most.  I remember specifically my Bradley Method instructor encouraging a quality diet to develop a “juicy, curly cord.”  Again, there is so very much out of our control, but if what I eat can help my baby’s umbilical cord become stronger and my pregnancy go smoother, I’m sure gonna try!


I must be the world’s worst about taking nutritional supplements.  I just never can get a good habit going with that!  During pregnancy I do try harder, though, and this time around I’m taking Garden of Life Vitamin Raw Prenatalwith fair regularity!  I like the small, easy to swallow capsules.  Choking down horse pills, especially in the first trimester, is near impossible for me!  I also appreciate the addition of ginger to the ingredients, which is supposed to suppress morning sickness and aid in digestion.  (My doctor never recommended or encouraged a certain brand, so I’m simply taking what works for me.)

At one of my first appointments, I asked my doctor if there is anything I can do to prevent the premature rupture of my bag of waters.  I’m way over average with that miserable condition (trust me, you do not want to go through a long labor with no water cushion!) since mine has broken 3 out of 4 times.  He said there isn’t, but several friends have suggested an Herbal Pregnancy Tea and Red Raspberry Leaf  Tea.  (Mamas know!)  I’ve also been told that extra vitamin C is shown to keep that bag of water intact, so I’ll be adding that to my “daily takes” as well.  Maybe it won’t work for me, but I can’t not try!


Babies like blood.  I’m trying desperately to remember that, especially as our days get busier and it starts to heat up out there.  Yes, there are times when life takes hold and I don’t move as much as I should, but exercising throughout pregnancy is truly one of the best things I can do for myself and my baby.

Growing a baby and giving birth is a marathon, so incredibly taxing to the body.  Regardless of how you plan your delivery (and how it actually happens — because it’s not always how you plan it!) your body will be better prepared for labor, delivery, and recovery if you’re moving now.

I don’t have access to a gym or special classes, but I can move!  A few weeks ago I took to wearing a Pedometerto track my steps, aiming for 10,000 each day.  My little dude loves to ride in the stroller, so I can knock out a few thousand steps simply by wheeling him around for a while.

Because I have a history of back labor (2 out of my 4 pregnancies, yuck!) I’m also trying some of the Spinning Babies stretches and techniques this go around.  I’m willing to try anything to encourage this little one into the right position and keep him/her there!

The miracle of a baby forming in my body is definitely God’s design, and so much of it is completely out of my control.  That’s a good thing!  It’s also a good thing, though, to care for my body and my baby’s home as best as I know how.  I never perfectly follow any diet, supplement, or exercise routine.  (Is there a perfect one?!  Doubtful.)  However, doing the best we can with the information we have… that’s a good start.

What works for you to get your pregnancy going in the right direction? 


  1. My water broke at 34 weeks with my first, so I am doing everything I can to prevent that this time around and avoid another NICU baby. I have also heard that vitamin C is supposed to strengthen the amniotic sac, so I have been taking vitamin C. And reading this article has encouraged me to really make an effort to drink my pregnancy tea regularly. Thank you for your words of advice and encouragement. I am excited for all the new babies that will be entering the world this year 🙂

    • Oh, good! Always glad I’m not the only one who has heard of something (vit C) that might help. If all of my labors were like my third (where my water stayed intact) I could have a dozen children. 😉

  2. I hadn’t heard that about Vitamin C but it certainly makes sense! Early on in my twin pregnancy (they’re due in July), I was craving apples and oranges like crazy for weeks. And luckily for me I had a generous friend who shared her huge organic fruit share with me every week.

    Best of luck to everyone!

  3. Meredith says:

    I had hyperemesis gravidum both times I was pregnant… I couldn’t keep anything down…. not a vitamin or any food. It really was a miracle that a baby grew and thrived because I felt like I was dying. I thought for sure my husband would have to call a priest to give me last rites, numerous times! Scary, but both of my children were born healthy and big. What a blessing! We’re ‘on the fence’ about going for a 3rd…. I’m a little nervous about being so sick again. Good luck with your pregnancy! You do a great job of taking care of all of your babies:)

  4. Good tips! Especially about giving yourself grace not to do everything perfectly 🙂

    I’ve only had one little blessing so far, but I had back labor as well, due to his face being sideways instead of face down. Through all of that, though, my water didn’t break, and I had drunk a whole bunch of raspberry leaf tea through the third trimester. Coincidence? Probably, but an interesting one 🙂 I’d be interested to know if the spinning babies stuff works for you–I’d love to have “normal” labor next time! 🙂

    Oh, on the raspberry tea, I would make about a quart at a time and then just heat some up in a mug whenever I had time to drink some. That was a lot easier than steeping it fresh every time. I’ve also heard it’s good cold, but I didn’t try that.

    • Did you use tea bags or loose tea? I’m a tea bag girl, but have heard GREAT things about DIY…

      • I used loose leaf tea because buying it in bulk was so much cheaper than the tea bags. (I got 1 lb of tea for a similar price to a box of 15 tea bags. Yeah.) I also bought a tea ball, and you put the loose tea in it and use it just like a tea bag. Totally worth the price of the tea ball, although you could just put the tea in the water and then pour it through a strainer if you really didn’t want to pay for the tea ball. I’m usually a tea bag girl too, but this was fine. 🙂 Hope you find an easy way to do it!

        • Ok. I looked at the tea balls on Azure and they’re only $2-3! Definitely putting that on my next order. Thanks!

  5. Jessica says:

    I take the Garden of Life Prenatal too. It is a wonderful supplement. I took the regular Garden of Life Vitamin Code before I got pregnant and loved it. It was the first supplement I had ever taken that I felt increased energy with. I tried switching to another vitamin to save money, but I had to go back when I felt my energy wane.

    Thanks for the advice. This is my first pregnancy so I love learning about what I can do to help my baby be healthy!

  6. At 6 weeks pregnant with our fourth and the all day sickness making a full-force visit today, I have to admit to looking at that diet and being nauseous at the idea of eating that much food. I know it will get better, but UGH to the morning sickness!

  7. walking walking walking! My midwives told me 1 hr a day, which of course meant they hoped we would walk at least 30 minutes, but I did walk 1 hr a day the last month when I was ready for baby to come out! It strengthens all those muscles down there for the labor.

    the midwives did advocate the red raspberry leaf ~ they were always able to tell when the woman had used it, because blood loss was less and post-birth contractions etc. stronger and more efficient for clamping down the uterus.

    Congratulations! boo on morning sickness though!

    • I can’t wait to see what the red raspberry leaf does for me. I have a feeling I’ll be sad I only just now know about it after already having 4 babies! And yes, the walking. When my hips aren’t killing me, I do try to do lots of that. (Yay for simple!)

  8. My first three babies were all born positioned either face up or face to the side. The third was 11 lbs and face up. Ouch, to say the least…

    On the fourth I decided I had to do something different. I did the spinning babies positions the last two weeks and during labor during my 4th pregnancy.

    My 4th was born face down (woot!) and at 10 lbs 10 oz (2nd biggest), he was by far my least painful labor and delivery because of his correct positioning! Amazing the difference the right position makes.

    So, SPIN AMY SPIN! Blessings and Thanks for the great blog!

    • Oh, good for you! I love to hear success stories! I’ve been doing 1 or 2 inversions each day, and I should have 3 months to go. Hopefully with that and the help of my chiropractor, we’ll get this little one in the best position.

  9. I’m so happy to hear about the Vitamin C! I’m taking Vitamin C supplements to help with iron absorption so hopefully it helps. My water broke with my first at 9.5 cm and my contractions were not very painful.

    • I hope it helps, too. Water breaking at 9.5 is fabulous!!!!!! My *guess* is that mine broke about then, or at a 10, with our third, but I don’t really know… avoided ALL cervical checks that time around. Yay! 😉 But when it broke, she came!

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