(NOTE: My title does NOT mean what you're thinking.. I AM NOT UP THE STIZZLE AGAIN!)
When I found out I was pregnant with Master S, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew drinking, smoking & drug use were "no-no's" whilst pregnant, but it wasn't until my first visit to the doctor came about that I realised there are also foods you must avoid, and vitamins you must take. My first few weeks were a whirlwind of vomiting, and being super paranoid about what I was eating.
I am pretty sure people got tired of answering my questions that sounded so ridiculous to them, but which I needed answered for piece of mind... Until I found something else to freak out about. It was then I decided that I'm either a nut-case, or there are other people out there with the same fears & questions as I.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, technology is a saviour. I really feel for the Mum's who were struggling through parenthood alone, without somewhere reassuring to turn, like all the wonderful parent forums that are about these days. I am pretty positive in my first trimester, I joined every single forum/parenting site, there was. Karimums would have to be one of the main sites I lurked during all three pregnancies. Mainly because you have the option of remaining anonymous when posting a question if you don't want to feel like an idiot about not knowing what you should be eating, despite the fact you've had TWO children prior to your current pregnancy!
I spend quite a bit of time on there still, offering my two cents to Mum's who, much like myself, need advice sometimes, and it is on there, where they have posted a brand new Infographic.
I don't know about you, but I think, visually, it beats the hell out of all the hand-outs I was (ever expanding) waist deep in when I was pregnant for the first time, and when you're suffering from baby brain after babies two and three come along, it's nice to have a refresher accessible online, (because for some reason my doctor's just left me feeling like Bambi when expecting Miss E & Little C)
... Or, if you're anything like me, printed out and hanging in your kitchen, despite not being pregnant any more... Hey, who knows? Someone I know might get pregnant and ask me something... Although, I may have damaged my credibility as "Mama who knows her shit" after this post.
How about you? Were you a laid back, or paranoid, Mama-to-Be (like myself)?
Were you aware of the dietary "do's" & "don't's", or like me, were you planning on Eating for Two?
Disclaimer - This post is Sponsored by Karimums.. All thoughts & opinions expressed in this post, however, are purely my own.