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Taking Care of Yourself While Pregnant and as a New Mom

During your pregnancy, make sure you are taking your vitamins, eating healthy foods and exercising because you will need your strength those first few months when you have a new baby in the home. It’s also a good idea to set up a support system so you can take a break and have some quiet time to yourself once the baby is home.  Here is a list of things that will help during pregnancy and those first precious months:


  • Vitamins and healthy diet
  • Use natural skin care products (don’t use nail polish or polish remover)
  • Have ginger ale, crackers and Yummi Earth organic lollipops for snacks
  • Tums for upset stomach
  • Decaffeinated teas
  • Body butter and body oil (Aveda is nice) for stretch marks
  • Lansinoh nipple cream and nursing pads
  • Kotex pads


  • Bravado Body Silk seamless nursing bras
  • Compression stockings and heating pad for varicose veins
  • Maternity dresses
  • Slip on shoes
  • Comfortable clothes for nursing


  • Use natural cleaning products for laundry and household
  • Have house cleaned and filters changed
  • Grocery shopping to hold you over for awhile
  • Stock pile baby diapers, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags

Love the information in this blog?  Purchase a copy of My Baby Compass, Birth to Two to know what to expect with your newborn and how to watch your baby learn from the time he is born.

– Kathy Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series

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