Mom to Mom
"If you need help or advice, ask for it, but don't worry too much about hurting other people's feelings by not doing what they say. If your gut says no, trust it. Do what seems right." --Ariel Gore, mother and founding editor of HipMama.com
Your Pregnant Body:
Baggy tops and roomy sweats are comfier now that your waistline is expanding, but clothes that lightly accentuate your shape may be more flattering. Look for ones that have Lycra in the fabric to add a little cling.
If you lift weights, decrease the number of pounds you're using, and watch your pulse when doing cardio exercises (a heart-rate monitor, which most gyms supply for their members, can do this for you). You don't want your heartbeats to clock in at more than 140 beats per minute, at which point your body may get overheated and blood flow may be diverted away from the uterus.
Long-buried rivalries may resurface between you and a sibling once you announce your pregnancy. While it's not fun, know that tension is completely normal, even expected. You may have a baby before an older brother's wife does, for instance, or you and your sister may have entirely different approaches to pregnancy (she loves her ob-gyn; you prefer a midwife). But with the strife comes lots of support and warm wishes, too, so try to focus on the positives and keep the lines of communication open--both ways.