Week 10: Time to think about how to cope with changing moods and unpredictable emotions.

BirthWatch Tips
  • Your uterus has now doubled in size from Your pre-pregnant size of a pear to a large grapefruit. Visible Human Embryo
  • Peer support and socializing with other parents is important for mental health after the baby is born. This week, research where your local parent groups meet. Hint: Ask about parenting groups at your hospital, gym, local pool, community center, library or community college.
  • Minimizing the stress in your life now can help insure a happier and healthier pregnancy. Stress hormones do reach your developing baby. Learning how to relax and finding enjoyable social outlets are important skills to learn during pregnancy that will provide life-long benefits. Learn How To Relax
  • Feeling more emotional in early pregnancy is completely normal. The hormones that sustain your pregnancy also contribute to unstable and rapidly changing moods. The Mayo Clinic
  • Listen to your body and follow it's lead. If you're tired, rest. If you're hungry, eat. Try to really listen to your body's signals: Do you want a fresh pear, a tall glass of milk, or a tuna fish sandwich? Those cravings often mean your body needs that essential nutrient.
  • There are Birth Networks all over the US and Canada. Connect with your local Birth Network to find out about the health care providers in your area, options for birthing and connect with other women who may become lifelong friends. Birth Network National
  • Do you know about Childbirth Connection? This group is one of the most trustworthy sources of up-to-date, evidence-based information on pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Childbirth Connection

Tips for Week 9

Tips for Week 11

BirthWatch Recommends:

Well-Rounded Pregnancy Cookbook: Give Your Baby a Healthy Start w/100 Recipes that Adapt to Fit How

This book hits the nail on the head: Fix meals that match your mood. Brilliant. And, these are the recipes you want to eat: healthy, hearty, and flavored the way you want to eat every day. Check out the index on Amazon for a listing of typical recipes.

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