Finding out that you are pregnant is an exciting time. Prepare yourself for motherhood and your new journey by being physically and emotionally ready.
: Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or begin a new exercise plan.
Step 1: Prepare your body Prepare your body physically and emotionally by exercising. Walking, swimming, and yoga are great choices.
TIP: Yoga strengthens your back and legs, and helps you relax.
Step 2: Stay healthy Keep yourself and your baby healthy by maintaining a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy. Proper nutrition will promote growth and development in the baby, and give you much-needed energy.
Step 3: Get organized Get your house and the baby's room organized so you will be ready when the baby arrives.
TIP: Wash all bottles, bedding, and clothes.
Step 4: Read Read books and other resources to help you prepare for motherhood and understand the physical changes that your body will undergo.
Step 5: Attend a prenatal class Attend a prenatal class to help you focus on your pregnancy and inform you about hospital procedures and pain relief, and to answer any questions you forget to ask your doctor.
TIP: Prenatal classes are a great opportunity for your husband or partner to get involved.
Step 6: Take time to relax Take time to relax and recharge by taking a long bath, reading a book, or talking on the phone with a friend.
Step 7: Enjoy your pregnancy Ask for help and advice from friends and family. Enjoy your pregnancy while you prepare for motherhood.
FACT: In 2009, there were approximately 5.1 million stay-at-home moms in the United States.