Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Baby Brain: Preparations Begin

Now I don’t want anyone to get too excited, Mrs. Traveler this means YOU, but Mr. Rogue and I have agreed to start researching and begin the process of starting to seriously prepare having a baby. So today I spent a good portion of my day on the internet, reading about getting pregnant, and what to do or what not to do. I was surprised by how much I did not know. I have spent my entire 20s trying NOT to get pregnant. I think that I have that information pretty down pat and seeing as how I have never gotten pregnant I will call it a success.

However now that I am ready to have kids there is a wealth of things that I need to learn, and for anyone that is in the same boat here are some thing’s that I found.

1. Get your BMI between 18.5 – 24.9
Sigh that means I need to lose some weight

2. Slow down the caffeine (once you get pregnant you should stop AT LEAST for the first trimester though some want you to stop through the entire pregnancy)
Shit, Shit and double SHHHHIIITTTTTT!!!! This means that SOMEHOW I am going to have to learn to live without the Elixer of Life (diet coke)

3. Slow down the drinking and no smoking (obviously you need to stop when you are pregnant and most doctors say it is better to slow it down than to stop because stopping when you find out you are pregnant suddenly can shock your system)
No worries I am not much of a drinker and I have never even tried a cigarette in my life

4. Make sure you have a baby slush fund (babies are expensive)
Check, Check, and double Check

5. Women thinking about getting pregnant in the next three to six months should start taking a multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid
Tomorrow I plan on going to the Pharmacy and picking up an over the counter multivitamin until I speak to my OBGYN

6. Sleep more – being pregnant and having a baby rob you of precious sleep, plus if you sleep more you ovulate more so it may even help you get pregnant faster
DUDE I am totally ALL OVER the getting as much sleep as possible. I am making sure to store up hours and hours and hours. Naps are my very very best friends.

7. Minimize stress and be sure to find a stress remedy for when stress gets too high. Studies show writing in a journal can help you feel more optimistic and less worried.
I am totally cool – my blog is my journal.

8. This is such a magical time in your life make sure you take photos and document the process.
Yea, now that I am getting more and more into photography and with this blog this kid is going to be so documented they may need a few years of extra time with a therapist just to get over the pain I am going to inflict.

9. Make sure your home space is ready for a baby, if you don’t like your home move before you get pregnant, last minute renovation get it done before. Pregnancy is hard enough without adding more stress on the pile.
Mr. Fruit, my brother in law is still staying with us to save money. His wife Ms. Fruit is supposed to move here in August so after he moves into his own place then we are going to finish construction on the other part of the house, don’t worry this will be minor renovations and nothing like our last construction project (see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) we have learned from our mistakes. The baby’s room will be one of these remodelled rooms. And we will be installing a bathtub in the renovated bathroom since a bathtub is kinda mandatory when you have kids.

10. Book a pre-pregnancy check-up at least 3 months before you start trying. This is a great time to interview OBGYN’s to find one you like and ho has room to take you on.
So I just got my new health information (now that I am a stay at home housewife I am under Mr. Rogue’s health insurance) and tomorrow I am going to make a few appointment with multiple OBGYN’s.

11. Go to the dentist because any issues (including x-rays) should be taken care of before you get pregnant.
UGGG I hate the dentist, I hate checkups, I hate x-rays

12. Stop coloring your hair.
Don’t color it so I don’t need to worry about this one. (But OH NO Mrs. Bulldog)

13. Have the pregnancy talk.
- how will you provide childcare
- religious traditions
- who will be doing the night feedings
Talking about this beforehand sets expectations and can alleviate a lot of issues later.
This is the reason that Mr. Rogue and I decided that I would be a stay at home mom. Both his industry and mine are high paced time consuming jobs that can sometimes require tons of overtime. We decided that since we could live comfortably on his income it would be better for our future children to know at least one of their parents.

Whew long day but I learned a lot and this is the first step so I can one day join the mommy-hood club.

1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

okay, wow! First you can't get pregnant on the internet! Second- you don't need any more encouragement to get more sleep, Third - Dude, I just got pregnant without any internet help. Just kidding, very excited for you, I guess I did a good job on my mothers day blog! I love you, but am NOT going to have any expectations until it HAPPENS!

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