New. New shoes are great, new ideas are exciting. However, a new path in live can seem overwhelming. Especially of the “new” was not what you expected or planned for. So does that mean “new” is bad?
When you are faced with starting something new, we often want all the information we can get to be prepared. We receive a users manual with a new car, so that we can figure out where to turn on the lights or how to use the radio. Every piece of electronic equipment I have ever purchased has some kind of manual to instruct me on how to plug it in and get it started. I happen to be one of those people who actually do read the instruction manual. I want to know how to make things work properly. However, life changes do not always come with an “instruction manual” in advance of the change. We just get the new change.

Now we have to decide how to react to the “new”. Do you panic? Do you call a friend? Do you take some time to learn, ask questions, process the “something new” in your life? I hope that you do. That is what we do at the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center. We don’t panic, we listen. We are not shocked, we understand. We don’t judge, because we are all just like you. We have all had to start something new, take a quick detour in life, make a life change. It can be an incredible path, that “something new” boulevard. It may not be the path you intended, but it is the path you are traveling now and we can help you arrive at your intended destination.

So take a moment, embrace the “something new” and learn all your options. This “something new” could be the most defining moment of you life. It could change the course of your story and maybe, the story of us all.

Are you in your first trimester of pregnancy? Listen to this quote: “You don’t become a mother when you deliver; you are a mother right now.” 

How does this make you feel? In this blog we will cover briefly what you’ll learn when you come to your first Earn While You Learn class-that NOW is the time to start preparing for your baby. It’s not when you’re on your way to the emergency room because you’re having contractions, when the doctor hands you your newborn baby, or when you carry baby inside his or her new home. It starts now.

 Motherhood, and fatherhood begins today. So what steps are you making to prepare yourself for a healthy baby?

 Your body is changing slowly, but by the time you find out you are pregnant (around 4 weeks) your baby has already developed all his internal organs, and his DNA and gender is already determined, though the gender won’t be visible in an ultrasound until the second trimester.

 What is a “trimester” anyways?

Pregnancy is made of three trimesters, each with a span of approximately 13 weeks. Your pregnancy spans to around 40 weeks. This means you have nearly 9 months to prepare for baby’s new home, because let’s be honest- his first home is in your stomach!

 One of the most common symptoms in pregnancy besides morning sickness is tiredness. If you find yourself more fatigued at work, home, or just doing nothing- don’t worry! This is normal. You want to make sure you’re staying hydrated, resting, sleeping, and eating healthy to avoid one other pregnancy symptom-headaches.

 There are plenty of questions that parenting classes can answer but so many questions that are best answered by a medical professional. Our workbooks come from licensed and experienced nurses, doctors, and doulas but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see your OBGYN for concerns about your pregnancy.

 For example, if you begin experiencing severe cramps which include vaginal bleeding you should call your medical provider right away. Also, if you’re unable to keep liquids down, you’re losing weight, you feel faint, or have been vomiting blood call your doctor.

 As you continue to process what this new pregnancy means for you, your future, and your loved ones, take some time to ask yourself these questions. You might even consider beginning a journal for your pregnancy to help you during those times of stress, anxiety, or joy and excitement.

Ask Yourself:

  1.  How do I feel about this pregnancy?
  2. Do I feel ready? If not, what is one way I can prepare myself for the new baby? (HINT: Sign up for our EWYL classes!)
  3. Who in my life can I talk to about my feelings or who can help me when I’m feeling too tired to do things on my own?

After you’ve answered these questions, think about who in your life you can talk to about your pregnancy. We have client advocates for both moms and dads that are happy to listen to your concerns. We also have licensed nurses that are able to answer some of your questions about getting an ultrasound. Call us for questions or send us a message.

 

 

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