As my pregnancy progressed, things got crazier. Keeping up with my 2-year-old became more challenging, morning sickness lasted a lot longer than I expected, launching a website required lots of late nights, and we also had to pack up and move into our new home. Doing everything I wanted to doing while carrying my little girl was a challenge.
It was such an exciting time, but it went by far too quickly. When I look back at those nine months, there are so many things I wish I did during my pregnancy with Jada. Here are a few of them.
- Take more walks. I found out I was pregnant with Jada a month before spring began. I really wish I had taken advantage of those beautiful spring days by walking around my neighborhood and enjoying the cool breeze before the sizzling heat of summer arrived.
- Be kinder with myself. I didn’t pamper myself much during my pregnancy with Jada. I wish I would have paused and taken some time to get more pedicures and massages. An expectant mom needs to relax, right?
- Drink more tea. Tea makes me happy. I’m not quite sure why, but it does. And I especially like to enjoy a cup of tea at night. When I was pregnant with my son, I would drink tea nightly and it settled my stomach. It also helped me sleep well. I have no idea why I didn’t do more of this with Jada.
- Do some weight training. When I got pregnant, I still wasn’t in the shape I wanted to be in. Obviously pregnancy is no time to try and lose weight, but maintaining the muscle I did have would have been a great idea.
- Take more pictures. I got so caught up in the day-to-day hustle of life, I failed to take tons of pregnancy pictures. I regret that. There is nothing more amazing than watching your body transform as your prepare to bring life into the world. I really wish I captured that transformation with images.
- Write in my journal more often. I love to write (in case you haven’t figured that out yet). But I hardly ever wrote about my pregnancy. The most meaningful thing I remember writing is a blog post about wishing I stopped to enjoy my pregnancy more and apologizing to my daughter for being so busy. I went into labor the next day. I think she knew what I wrote and decided to forgive me and join us out here (I was 2 days late when I wrote that post).
- Start a scrapbook. I am convinced that if you don’t start a scrapbook the day that you find out you are pregnant it just never gets done. Yep, I’m absolutely convinced!
- Take a family babymoon. It’s hard to plan a family trip when you are in the middle of a big move and you’re expecting a baby, but I really think that trip is so important. I wish we took some time to plan one last trip as a family of three before our new bundle arrived.
- Practice yoga. I practiced some yoga with my first pregnancy and it made a difference. I felt more flexible and it definitely worked wonders on my stress level. Some yoga during my pregnancy with Jada would have done us both some good.
- Meditate. I believe that meditation helps you find calm and peace, and I really believe our little ones feel what we are experiencing. A little extra calm and peace would have been great for my baby girl (and for me as well).
- Eat more chocolate. I once read that if you eat chocolate during pregnancy you are more likely to have a happy baby. I have no clue where I read it, but it was enough to convince me to eat plenty of chocolate the first time around. My son turned out to be such a happy baby. Jada is actually a pretty happy baby too, but I think some extra chocolate could have made her (and me) even happier.