(Closed) What things do you wish you did (or didn't do) during pregnancy?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
2273 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The idea of a fake due date is BRILLIANT πŸ™‚ just putting that out there.

Not a mum or pregnant but I was thinking I will definitely want to make sure I schedule (& keep doing) bump shots when I am, mainly because I wanted to do “bump shots” to watch my weight loss and we kept forgetting – so I don’t have any pics from the beginning of my journey (as I hated photos at my largest so avoided them) to compare them. It’s my biggest regret of my weight loss journey so I can imagine I’d regret not doing it pregnant. I always figure you can never have too many photos πŸ™‚

I hope more people contribute because I will keep a list of good ideas for when it is hopefully my time πŸ™‚

Post # 18
4499 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I wish I had: 

–Insisted on help for my severe morning sickness. You have to be your own advocate.

–Taken a prenatal yoga class, despite the cost and slight inconvenience (not just followed a DVD in my living room like I did) — a lot of my friends made other mom-to-be friends this way.

I’m glad I: 

–Worked till I went into labor.

–Educated myself about childbirth and remained very open-minded about my “birth plan,” preparing myself for all scenarios and not getting my heart set on any one birth experience.

–Walked a ton and stayed as strong as I could.

–Did NOT “toughen up” my nipples in preparation for breastfeeding like my mom kept suggesting. (If anyone tells you to do this, ignore! It’s totally outdated.)

I won’t say I wish I had slept more, because (at least for me), it’s not like I can bank sleep. A sleepless night is still painful, even if I slept well the night before.  


Post # 19
980 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wish I had gotten a gel manicure towards the end, or at least taken off my chipped nail polish in early labor. In the hopsital newborn photos, you see my red chipped nail polish in the photos where I’m holding the baby’s head and feet. Probably should have treated myself to a pedicure too!


Post # 20
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m currently 34w5d pregnant and wish I would’ve put an effort into walking. I feel like my legs – in paricular my thighs have turned into mush! When I try to walk for a period of time I get tired very easily and even get cramps it’s pretty pathetic.

Post # 21
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

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KitKatNYC:  You can photoshop something like chipped nail polish easily yourself πŸ™‚ Don’t worry!

Post # 22
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Commeting to follow. I am asmot 21 weeks with my first, and just started swimming. Wish I would have started sooner.

Post # 23
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I wish I didn’t go overboard with food at the beginning of my pregnancy. Like finishing a  footlong sub by myself or a tub of ice cream then mid pregnancy I tested positive for GD. Also wish I didn’t eat the morning of my GD test. 

I wish I didn’t do cloth diaper given out living situation(working fulltime and our building laundry is not open 24hrs). I am now doing elimination communication (EC) and it has been wonderful. 

I’m really glad that I walked a lot my last month of pregnancy. I literally spent the day at the mall walking. It helped me have a quick labor with no epidural. 

I’m really glad I got a yoga ball and a pregnancy pillow. 

Im also glad I did spinning babies when my baby was tranverse at 32weeks and using some of the tips with a flashlight helped him get into labor position.  

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 1 month ago by  brikee.
Post # 24
5892 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010


Post # 25
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Great thread ladies! I’ve already started a list of to-do’s based on your recommendations:

1) Get the nursery done & house cleaned and organized well in advance 

2) Read up on breast feeding methods & techniques before baby arrives

3) get a mani & pedi before birth if you can squeeze it in πŸ˜‰


Post # 26
7694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I really, REALLY wish I had taken more bump pics. I was pregnant (it seemed) for so many years straight (my children were about two years apart, give or take a little) that it never seemed to matter when it was happening, but on looking back, there are almost no pictures of me actually pregnant. I got so big so fast (my belly) that I always wished I had recorded it. Take pictures NOW. You may think you don’t look your best or you feel “fat” or whatever, but you will wish you had some record of your pregnancy when it is over!

Post # 27
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

The first time was pregnant I allowed myself to get really miserable about all the symptoms and little bits of pain pregnancy was causing. I wish I had been a lot more positive and just enjoyed each moment – which is what I am doing this time!

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 1 month ago by  HopefulSim.
Post # 28
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I wish I had packed my hospital bag earlier, I had nothing prepared as I went into labour (early) and everything happened so fast, I had to go without any of my stuff. (My husband brought me some things the next day, but, of course, not the right things.)

I wish I had bought a breast pump before I gave birth, maybe I wouldn’t have suffered the supply problems I did.

Post # 29
7426 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

This was out of my control, but I wish I had my breast pump before DD was born. My insurance didn’t send it to me until she was about 2-3 weeks old, and I could have really used it immediately because my milk wasn’t coming in. DH had to make a 3:30 am walmart run for a cheap breast pump and formula.

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