Want to be more comfortable at your desk? Buy a footstool (most maternity and baby stores carry them), and use it to relieve pressure on your hip joints and lower back.
Vigorous exercise keeps you strong during pregnancy, but it can be dangerous for women with certain pregnancy complications. Ask your doctor's advice about exercise if you develop preclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure), are expecting more than one baby, are at risk for preterm labor (or have previously given birth prematurely), have an incompetent cervix, or have had some vaginal bleeding.
Becoming a parent for the first time arouses fear in even the fearless, from the smallest concern (Will I know how to change a diaper?) to the biggest (Can I keep my baby safe and healthy?). Whenever you feel overwhelmed, discuss your worries with your partner; when he's the one wrestling with looming responsibilities, let him vent. Someone who cares as much as you can assuage each other's concerns simply by listening.
If your children will share a room, ask your firstborn how she might like it reconfigured. Set aside an area--a corner or a space marked off by a special rug--just for her, and reassure her that she needn't share everything she owns with the baby.
Women pregnant with twins are at an increased risk of delivering early, and next week begins an especially vulnerable time. Ask your health-care practitioner to assess your risk of premature delivery and to recommend preventive measures, if necessary. If your doctor says your pregnancy is progressing well, chances are good you'll deliver near or at full-term.