Post # 1
What I mean is…
Are there certain muscles you wish you had strengthened that could have helped with pregnancy and labor?
Do you wish you lost weight before becoming pregnant (maybe to not end up looking so big)?
Do you wish you had taken certain vitamins or supplements (besides folic acid)? Or gotten yourself used to a better diet before being forced to be strict?
Do you wish you had taken care of any medical of dental problems first?
Did you think of any other ways you wish you had prepared?
Post # 3
I think the only muscles that i would have worked more would have been from doing kegels, that really helps i’ve heard, other than that, I don’t feel as though I could have prepared myself any better. I take that back, I wish I would have exercised throughout my pregnancy, and I’m only talking about like walking for 30 minutes a day. I couldn’t really do that though cause both pregnancies I was puking the ENTIRE TIME! so it wasn’t too much of an option for me.
Other than that, I don’t think you can really prepare yourself for it. It reaks havoc on your body anyways, ok unless your a freak of nature and lose all the weight and don’t look like you’ve ever had kids, yes i’m bitter, lol.
Post # 4
I wish I would have had time to lose weight before I got pregnant. I honestly didn’t think it would happen so quickly. Now I feel like I am already showing when I know I’m not. Also, I would love to take weekly or so pictures of my growing belly, but I feel really self conscious about it now so I haven’t taken any because I know it’s not baby bump and I know I will hate looking at them.
Post # 5
lol @ septbride26, i took pix throughtout my 2nd pregnancy and I think its cool that I did, cause now I can look back and say hey i was pregnant! and I was really self conscious about it at the time. but its fun to see how much i changed every week.
Post # 6
The only thing I wished was that I had gone to the dentist sooner. They would have taken X rays to make sure everything was ok if I hadn’t have waited until I was pregnant. Other than that, it was so soon after the wedding that I was still toned and healthy!
Post # 7
Not really… I’ve always been a pretty healthy person. Unless you have some sort of serious condition you need to get under control in order to be healthy anyway, I wouldn’t stress too much. The female body was designed to grow and bear children!
Post # 8
@mrs.dg……..they will actually do xrays while your preg! They finally decided that its ok for them to do that. I had xrays with my 2nd son, and it didnt cause any damage.
Post # 9
My dentist is super conservative about these things. Sometimes I think that when they hear what my profession is, they err on the side of caution. She didn’t even want me using the flouridated tooth paste I usually use!
Post # 10
Yes, Yes and Yes!!!
I totally got pregnant on accident… We had only been engaged for 2 moz and hadn’t even planned on getting married for a year.. let alone get pregnant. I had always promised myslef that I would be fit and eating right when I got pregnant so my body would be healthy and ready… of course I wasn’t. I had just started a (too) strict diet and was exercising minimally for a weight loss competition I was in with my family. I was overweight, essentually starving myself, and eating unhealthy foods when I did eat.
The thing is.. once you get pregnant you’re so tired and hungry (not to mention emotional) that if you are in a rut and have bad habits you’re so unlikely to change them.
I would have been eating healthy / whole foods.
I would have been exercising regularly. Especially my back muscles!!!!!!
I would have been at a lower weight. My whole pregnancy I felt GIANT!!!! It put a ton of extra stress on my body.. not to mention my emotional state. Now, not only do I have my pre-preggo weight to loose but my preggo weight too. It’s so daunting!
Post # 11
i agree with pirate…kegels would have been great to do more in advance!! i wasnt in bad shape before i got pregnant, but could have been better…i was always soooo tired that i never worked out more than just walking around the block. my next pregnancy i plan on being in great shape so i can keep that up thru the pregnancy. but either way i dont think you can be totally prepared for what is coming!!
ohh perineal massage was something i found out after i had 20+ stitches, so i REALLY wish i would have done that!
Post # 12
Yes. I wish I had lost a bit of weight before getting preggie. Sometimes I feel too big and I really haven’t gained weight anywhere but my belly and boobs.
I also wish I had toned up before getting preggie, especially my back muscles. Those seem to be the muscles that bring on the discomfort with the new belly. Frustrating but now I know what I need to do to get myself together before we think about Baby #2.
Post # 13
I sooo wish I would have been super healthy, and really worked on my stomach muscles before I got pregnant. I developed a sever case of pre-ecampsia in the 29th week of my pregnancy and was hospitalzed and on total bed rest (couldnt even get up and go to the bathroom) until I had an emergency C-section in my 33rd week. Needless to say I gained the majority of my weight on bed rest. Now after feeling what a c-section feels like on stomach muscle I SO wish I would have had them more tone before I even got pregnant.
Post # 14
overall, I’m pretty happy with my preparation…mostly, I’m super glad I started pilates before TTC…I don’t think I could *start* now, but I can really tell it’s going to help me with the pregnancy, small regrets (I had prepared, but I also wasn’t expecting to get pregnant the first try!)
1) take DHA earlier in pregnancy
2) get used to drinking more water before MS set in
3) lose a little more weight…I had lost some…honestly, I don’t think you have to worry too much about the “too huge” factor…if you are overweight when you get pregnant, your weight gain goals will be lower, so some of it evens out, depending on how overweight you are…I wasn’t hugely overweight…
4) do more to prep the house…I have NO energy now, and we need MAJOR spring cleaning before the baby comes…we never finished cleaning out the garage after I moved in w/ him, etc…we did a lot, but still tons more to do..honestly, though, I don’t worry too much about it, bc I was working and going to school full time until 1 or 2 weeks before we conceived…so, yah
Post # 15
Not really. I did my kegels, so I was pretty good there. I wish I wouldn’t have gained so much weight during pregnancy, but I lost it all and then some, so not too worried about it!
The only thing I wish is that there would have been someway to prepare myself for tearing all the way down to my butt. OUCH!!! She did an episiotomy, but I ended up tearing all the way anyways. LOTS of stiches to fix that!!!!!
And I had to have braces put back on during my pregnancy, that sucked! I think I was the only pregnant person with braces around!!!
Post # 16
I lost 20lbs before I got pregnant. I’m gaining it all back now though and it feels…well, just wrong! I hate watching the scale climb even MORE now because there’s nothing I could or should do about it!
I also was eating healthy before, but you crave what you crave when you’re pregnant. I was craving all veggies all the time and now I’m in my “eat anything that would kill a mere mortal” phase. So having a healthy eating habit didn’t help.
I ran a marathon shortly before we got married. I was in tip top shape! But 14 weeks into the pregnancy I was put on bedrest for a month. Now I’m on LIMDU (limited duty…no exercise or lifting). So all that exercising was pointless because I get out of breath just walking up the stairs!
I can’t say there’s any way I could have prepared myself more for pregnancy, and nothing I did is really helping me now anyways. So if you never lost weight or exercised or dieted, don’t beat yourself up. You will make it and your body will never know the difference!