Pregnancy does not come easy for me in any way. With both of my pregnancies I suffered from severe morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum. Almost immediately, I get sick. The nausea is so bad most days I couldn’t even get out of bed. The weakness and non-stop vomiting is like nothing I ever experienced before. It’s down right horrible. Being so sick I could barely handle myself let alone any other aspect of my life. I was so grateful for friends and family who helped out when I needed them most. So today I’m sharing with you some practical ways to help out a new mommy.
While every pregnancy is different, the only difference I experienced was the level and length of morning sickness (it was longer and worse the second time around) and I’m so envious of people who breeze through their pregnancy. In fact, if I didn’t get so sick, we probably would have more kids. With both of my pregnancies I was lucky to have people who cared willing to help out. Maybe you’re looking for some ways to help a friend who’s expecting so here’s some ideas.
MAKE A MEAL OR TWO
I know most days I couldn’t even think about making dinner. Whether your sick or not, there are just days you’re too tired, too sick or just don’t feel like cooking. It’s understandable. After all you are busy making a tiny human. I know how thankful I was when a friend dropped off a few freeze meals for us to enjoy. On days that were really bad, my husband didn’t have to worry about cooking but we still had something delicious to eat.
OFFER TO TAKE THE KIDS
If the pregnant mommy has other kids, offer to come babysit so she can get some rest or better yet, take the kids for a playdate. I felt so bad that I couldn’t do more with my son over summer vacation so I was thrilled when family and friends offered to take him and do something fun. Even if it was just a few hours for a trip to the park or to the movies.
PLAN A GIRLS DAY OUT
Grab your friend for a day of fun and pampering. Go shopping for maternity cloths or even baby clothes. Plan a spa day. Maybe grab some lunch and get a pedicure.
MAIL HER A SURPRISE
Maybe you’re not local to your bestie so doing anything locally is hard. Mail her a surprise. Maybe it’s a some chocolate she’s been craving. How about a cute maternity shirt that you know she’d love. It could be anything that’ll put a smile on her face.
GIVE HER A COPY OF WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING
I was given a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting from a friend when I first found out I was pregnant with my son. On top of being sick, I had so many other questions about pregnancy and what was to come. On days I couldn’t get out of bed, I spent time reading the book. I learned so much and it answered so many burning questions I had. It really became my go-to resourve for most things pregnancy related.
Fast forward to ten years later and my second pregnancy. Things were so different now and I was so far out of the baby phase of my life, it was great to know I could pick up another copy of my trusty pregnancy companion again for questions but updated with information for today’s lifestyle.
The medical information is completely updated and even includes information on the Zika Virus.
The 5ht edition of the popular book is a great resource for moms whether this is your first or fifth child. The book brings dad into it throughout the book and really answers just about any question you might throughout pregnancy and even postpartum. The medical information is completely updated and even includes information on the Zika Virus. If you’re expecting or know someone who is, this is must add to your library.
What are some things you would have loved when you were pregnant.
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