Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What to Expect when you're expecting.

(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.

Mums-to-be, are you getting the nutrients you need? Statistics by Karimums

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.

1 comment:

  1. Wow Tara, you echo my thoughts! I have 4 kids and with each one what you could and couldnt eat when pregnant became stricter and stricter. Even the do and donts on everything. No wonder mums are more paranoid now. All I can say is ask all of your questions, no matter how stupid you think they are. There is so much to learn and then parenthood starts. Its the most amazing journey and you need all the help and advice you can get!