12 things to know when pregnant

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Over the next 2 weeks on the blog I want to share with you some of my tips to organise for a new baby.  Unfortunately I didn’t take photo’s of my nursery organisation when the kids were little (that was 10 and 8 years ago), but I will certainly find some great inspiration for you all.

Today I want to give you some insight of my pregnancies with my 12 things to know when pregnant 

  1. It is hard to fall pregnant and may take longer than expected.  Be kind to yourself and don’t scream when people tell you just relax and it will happen.
  2. Being that I am short and was pregnant with twins, it made it impossible for me to reach the peddles in my car so I couldn’t drive for the last half of my pregnancy
  3. Everybody’s pregnancies are different, I was grateful that I didn’t suffer morning sickness, I did however always have one jatz biscuit each morning before I got out of bed to take away the little queasiness I felt
  4. But… I did suffer sleepiness, I could easily sleep most of the day.  So much so I fell asleep on my bosses couch early on in my first pregnancy.  Because I was so tired I had to resign from work at the end of my first trimester.  This was also the indication that I was pregnant with my youngest
  5. Before I was pregnant my feet were a size 5, after my pregnancy they grew to a size 8. No idea why or how.  But I’m thinking it may have been because my feet were so swollen all the time I lived in thongs or bare feet and that wouldn’t have helped
  6. Don’t buy too many clothes for the baby, you will receive quite a lot as gifts and baby will outgrow them before you know it
  7. Organise a date night or weekend away with your partner at least 6 weeks before baby is due just in case bub comes early.  We had organised a big date night the day our twins surprised us with their arrival, 6 weeks early.
  8. I absolutely loved sleeping with a long body pillow, it made lying down in bed so much more comfortable (lying on my side with leg over).
  9. Consider asking only your immediate family to visit the day baby is born and friends the following days.  But do not overwhelm yourself with too many visitors in your room at once, it’s tiring on you and bub, you need to regain your strength to get out of bed, feeding and bath times.  Your family and friends should understand.
  10. Don’t be too stubborn to ask for help.  I was, I had the mentality that those loved ones that I expected the help from would offer it, but we were both being stubborn, I was waiting for it to be offered and they were waiting to be asked.  Therefore I didn’t receive the help I was hoping and needed.  So please… if you want help just ask.
  11. Stock your freezer up with baking and dinners as you may not have the energy or desire to make dinners.  Having baking in the freezer will help to fill your partners lunch box or easily have a delicious muffin on hand when unexpected visitors drop by.
  12. And lastly…. while pregnant and while your milk comes in your breasts will increase in size, more so when your milk comes in, so ensure that you have a good fitted bra.  I was specially fitted with a maternity bra while pregnant but when my milk came in the bra was too small, which then resulted in the bra being too tight and I ended up with mastitis.

It wasn’t until after my pregnancy that I realised I didn’t get many photo’s of myself when pregnant, this isn’t a great photo, but is one of the best, I think at this point (6 weeks before the twins were born) everything was swollen

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Sarah February 19, 2013 - 8:19 AM

I’m so excited you will be doing some posts on preparing for a baby. My husband and I have been trying for almost 2 years now. I have started putting a few bits and pieces away and have even thought about making a start on the room that will be the nursery (part of my ‘if you built it, they will come ‘ mantra) although some ppl have told me they think this is crazy. Would love to get you and your readers opinions 🙂

Kelly January 10, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Sarah, I did the same thing. My husband and I tried for three and a half years before we fell pregnant. People also said we were crazy and were “jinxing” ourselves. We were so excited when I finally did fall pregnant, we started telling people straight away, and I had a lot of people criticising us for that. My advice is do whatever you and your husband want! Ignore the haters! 🙂

Rebecca Louise February 20, 2013 - 9:12 AM

Pregnant atm and having trouble setting up for baby with a roaring 2 year old, cannot wait to see other posts 🙂

naomi February 20, 2013 - 7:22 PM

The one thing i had to keep reminding myself was that the shops will still exist after the baby is born. don’t stress too much about having everything. my baby is 8 months now, i have not had to buy a shampoo/baby lotion/bath wash for him and probably won’t have too cause i brought heaps and then i got given heaps too.

Bridget February 20, 2013 - 11:01 PM

The feet thing is apparently because of the relaxin in your body to help the pelvis loosen for birth, but it works on all the joints in the feet too! Just be glad you started off at 5, I started off at size 10 and after 3 pregnancies I’m a size 12…

Brea February 24, 2013 - 7:25 PM

thanks for the advice. We are expecting our twins in June. Will definitely take on some of your tips. Thanks

Nat March 1, 2013 - 1:29 PM

Our problem with clothes was NOT growing out of them. My 1 year old has sat usually on the 2nd %ile for her weight (just jumped to 10th on her birthday) so when we tried to ‘buy ahead’ in seasons, nothing ever fitted her. The 000 we bought for her to wear when she was a month old (as per everyones advice…dont buy much in 0000 as they outgrow it quickly) fits her now at 12mths old.

We did the immediate family only on birth day. She was a planned c-sec & was born at 10am, and not back on the ward til 11am. We told everyone to come in the afternoon visiting hours (from 3pm) which gave us all that time alone, just the three of us to bond as a family. My parents in particular were a bit put off by not being able to be waiting for us, but it was important to us. That arvo it was just parents, siblings, and my grandparents allowed to visit.

Next time around, I will be putting money aside for regular foot massages, the swelling is shocking and so painful. I like you had no morning sickness but the fatigue was horrible.

Samantha Hall May 5, 2014 - 5:50 AM

Thanx so much for the great tips – i had twins seven years ago – and am now 33 weeks pregnant with one boy – these tips were a great reminder on things !! 🙂 and I’ve asked my mom to help cook some meals for the freezer! 🙂

kirsty August 27, 2014 - 12:44 PM

I’d also add don’t be afraid to tell people to leave. As lovely as visitors are it’s so tiring at the start. Both you and bubs needs their rest. We actually told all family we didn’t want any visitors in hospital so we could get used to being three not two. They all understood.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 10:36 AM

Kirsty that is a great idea. And as you say family and friends will understand.

Jade August 27, 2014 - 12:49 PM

I found the practical things like being ahead in homeloan repayments, the next 1/4 in land rates & water, electricity & phone. long lasting groceries 3 months supply bucket of washing powder, tissues, toilet paper, long life milk cleaning stuff. So if bub comes early or if complications before arrival or even if your have nothing go wrong but are just sleep deprived you don’t have as many things to do & remember & find time for.
This time 3 rd I’m focusing on paying off camera, getting a front fence, baby gates for kitchen, $ repainting lounge room + new floorboards in lounge room. Kids play area more safe. Have all gear for baby so making life easier at home when I’ll have two under two.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 10:37 AM

Fantastic ideas, Jade! I love them.:)

Krystal August 27, 2014 - 1:20 PM

My husband and I have already decided no visitors while in hospital unless I’m feeling up to it. I’ll be having a CS so will be in for five nights and I know pain wise the first three days will be the hardest and I don’t want to have to deal with anyone but my beautiful husband. I remember my sister was still being stitched up in the delivery room when she said to me “call the family and invite them down” and that started a conga line of visitors that didn’t stop for weeks. I would have found it utterly exhausting. My best friend actually put visitors on a roster, offering particular timeslots for a small group of immediate family and very close friends. Not surprisingly the only people who didn’t respect this were people not on that list who decided to rock up to the hospital anyway, and always at inconvenient times when she was in tears, trying to breast feed a hysterical, starving baby who couldn’t latch. Her husband ended up having to put the “do not disturb” sign on the door and let the nurses know the roster to stop uninvited people bursting in on her she was sitting there topless.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 10:40 AM

Ooh no your poor friend! I like your plan Krystal.:)

Sarah August 27, 2014 - 2:49 PM

It’s a good idea to insist that if visitors are coming in the first 4-6 weeks that they bring food with them, even if it’s just a pull apart and some coffee. It’s hard enough dealing with visitors without feeling like you have to cater for them. I don’t visit families with newborns unless I am armed with a wholesome dinner (like a casserole with meat and plenty of vegies) and some sort of baked treat like lactation cookies.

The feet thing is just a combination of the relaxin hormone and excess weight. Mine went from 8 to 9-9.5. I had a lot of fluid and was over 100kg when my son was born. My joints did not like it at all.

Krystal August 27, 2014 - 4:17 PM

Totally agree with this. I remember one day breaking into my sister’s house with my mum while she was out and cleaning the place from top to bottom. We filled up the freezer with some frozen meals we’d prepared (lasagne, casserole etc) and stocked her up on the essentials. She’d gotten completely overwhelmed by the little things (like sterilising the mountains of bottles, washing all her clothes and the babies clothes and linen), and just keeping on top of things in general while her partner was off doing his own thing and not doing much to help.

When she got home she opened the front door to a sparkling house that smelt lemony fresh, saw mum and I sitting on the couch with cups of tea and burst into tears. Once she calmed down she left the baby with us and went to bed where she slept for five hours. She said that one day was the turning point for her, she’d been exhausted, depressed, overwhelmed and over it, but when she woke up she felt like the ‘reset’ button had been hit.

I hope if I’m in the same situation someone does that for me.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 10:46 AM

Wow what i beautiful thing to do! Your sister is very lucky to have your mum and yourself.:)

Gayle January 10, 2015 - 2:32 PM

That is so fantastic to do that!!!
She felt like she could breathe again and be on top of things!!!

Dannielle January 10, 2015 - 2:18 PM

Oh this has come at a perfect time for me.. I’m 27 weeks pregnant with my first and as of a month ago no longer working due to health issues!! Your posts are helping motivate me to get a little bit of housework done each day.. since I’m a stay at home wife there is now no excuse!! Can’t wait to read your tips on organising for bub!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 13, 2015 - 9:50 AM

Oh such an exciting time for you Dannielle!.:) And so happy to hear you are enjoying the blog. Looking forward to sharing more tips and ideas with you.

Dennis M July 16, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Here’s a quick one for all the mums out there :)… my wife is 5 weeks pregnant and it’s her birthday next week. What can I get that she would REALLY want (now or soon)… preferably something for her, not bub (yet) 🙂
(I’m based on the Gold Coast too if that helps)


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