Mom to Mom
Feeling close to your partner? Show him he's special. "I send my husband notes on his pager or call to say I'm looking forward to our evening together. It doesn't take a lot of effort, but I know it's in the back of his mind all day." - Suzanne Dannenmueller, a mother of two, Paducah, KY
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Expect your cups to run over a few sizes during pregnancy. A maternity bra will fit you best, but a bra extender--a piece of fabric that hooks onto your bra to lengthen the rib size--will let you get a few more months out of your regular bras. You can buy bra extenders at a fabric store for a few dollars.
If your health care provider has given you the green light to exercise, take advantage of it. Staying active will help you weather the physical changes pregnancy brings, fight fatigue more effectively, and motivate you to eat more nutritiously. It'll also help regulate your roller-coaster emotions, thanks to the feel-good proteins, called endorphins, produced by the pituitary gland.
Ask your partner to take pictures of you in profile each month. Once the baby's born, these photographs showing your belly's progression will be precious reminders of this exciting time.
Having a baby changes everything:
- Include Dad in the Prenatal Visits
- Nursing During Pregnancy: Time to Stop?
- Will You Be Good Parents? More about being a good mom
- How Pregnancy changes love
Although you may be tempted to tell your firstborn that a new baby is on the way, experts say it's a good idea to hold off until you're really showing, especially if your child's less than 3 years old. For a child under 2 1/2, wait to break the news until the last trimester, when you are plainly pregnant.
Some baby gear that offers convenience for singletons diminishes in usefulness when you have twins. For instance, the infant car seats that double as carriers are too burdensome when you have two babies. Talk to other moms of twins to find out the best gear for multiples.