Some of my favorite ladies are about to swan dive into motherhood, and I've been thinking about the bombardment of warnings, wisdom and wackadoo that came at us from every angle during my pregnancies.
Since our daughters brightened our world, people have asked for my best advice on becoming a new mother.
After great consideration, my list is unconventional, short and simple.
1. Celebrate your body…and your boobs.
Take a photo every week. Love your changing body and embrace every moment of the ride. You're totally beautiful while pregnant, without a doubt.
2. Prepare for meddlers.
It seems that EVERYone has two-cents on pregnancy, birthing and parenthood. There's no way around it. Unless you plan to hide away in an underground fallout shelter for the rest of your life, learn to handle meddling with class.
Polite nods. Gentle smiles. Thanks but no thanks. Devise a plan of action to deflect unwanted advances, but try to stay cool, calm and collected.
Remember that others have been there done that, so although some advice might seem outdated or not right for you, there could be something valuable to gain from those who have been down that road before.
3. Invest in a bad ass camera.
Do it today. Cell phone shots just ain't gonna cut it anymore.
We didn't get our bad boy camera until after our second child was born. Mistake.
4. Take time for YOU before the baby arrives.
Be in the moment and appreciate your strength.
Feeling achy? Get a prenatal massage and have lunch with your besties.
You (and everyone else) will spend the rest of your lives spoiling your wee one, so take the time to spoil yourself now. You deserve it.
5. Trust yourself.
Know that we all make mistakes, not everything always goes as planned and perfect pregnancies, deliveries or parents are as rare as two-headed unicorns.
Be willing to always be working on yourself—to grow with the changes in your life so you can be an incredible role-model for your child.
You can do this.
Know that you'll be great and prove it every day.
Welcome to the best ride of your lives…
What's the best advice you have for the soon-to-be-mamas out there?
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours
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