It'll be a few more months before you'll need maternity clothes, but you may be able to snag a few deals now by shopping end-of-season sales at maternity shops and online stores. Resist the urge to splurge, however (although it's understandable considering how exciting it is to be pregnant). You may need to try on certain items such as skirts and pants to find the best fit, which you can't do until you are showing.
Get ready to buy for you and the baby:
If you weren't in shape before you conceived but want to start exercising, first get the green light from your doctor or midwife. Exercise boosts your flagging energy levels, a plus during the first trimester when, like many women, you may tire easily. It also strengthens your body to meet the physical demands of pregnancy. Begin slowly with short walks or sign up for a prenatal exercise class, where an instructor can guide you down the road to fitness.
Don't know whether to wait or share your baby news right away? It's considered good form to wait until the end of the first trimester when you know the pregnancy is viable. But doctors say once they have detected a heartbeat, you can feel free to tell those closest to you.
Already have an older child? That may have some effect on the personality of your new baby. Later-borns are more likely to become artists, inventors, or rebels. They're probably more adventurous and less conventional, since they're often forced as kids to explore new territory in order to compete with older siblings.
Want a crash course in how to cope with twins? Learn this crucial tenet and repeat it out loud: Everyone who wants to help gets to do so! Many people will offer to babysit during those early days. Take them all up on it -- and keep your helpers rotating so they don't get overworked.
Just for kicks:
- Not every pregnant woman craves pickles and ice cream
- Start calling dibs on your favorite baby names