Wow. You’ve made it to nine weeks Now that you are a little further into your pregnancy, you may be feeling a little more pregnant. Morning sickness, fatigue, and those infamous pregnancy hormones may be taking their toll on your normal disposition. Mood swings are very common during pregnancy. In this week’s newsletter, we are going to talk about mood swings and how to handle them. We are also going to give you some funny comebacks for annoying things people might be saying to you. We hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter.
What Is Going on with Mom & Baby
Baby is the sizeof an olive!
Baby: Baby’s crown to rump length is 20 mm (about the size of a green olive). Baby weighs about 2 grams. Your baby’s muscles in her trunk, limbs, and head are developing. You may be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat with a doppler now.
Mom: You may be feeling more emotional and moody. You may still be having problems with morning sickness or headaches. If you are having problems with headaches, you can try using a warm or cold compress to help relieve symptoms. If you are not still not feeling very pregnant, don’t worry. Some women only feel mild pregnancy symptoms during the first few weeks.
This Week’s Pregnancy Checklist
- Find a large mug and fill it with water to sip during the day.
- Consider reading up on cord blood banking information.
- Make a scrapbook page or journal entry with any ultrasound photos or belly pictures.
- Purchase a baby name book.
- Check your bathroom or bathtub for slipping hazards.
- Read over any handouts your doctor’s office has given you.
Mood Swings During Pregnancy
Mood swings are very common during pregnancy. You may find yourself shedding tears over commercials or flying into a rage over misplaced keys. That’s okay. You’re pregnant, right? Doesn’t that entitle you to a get-out-of-everything-free card? Okay, maybe not. So is there anything you can do to keep the mood swings at bay?
Rest as Much as You Can
Being tired will make anyone grouchy, and if you are carrying around a couple of smidgens of those extra special pregnancy hormones, well, people may just want to steer clear of you. Get a good night’s sleep or take a nap whenever you can.
Do Something That Relaxes You
Does watching television or reading a good book help you relax? If it does, then do it! If you are feeling moody, grumpy or about to lose control, take a few minutes to do something for yourself.
Talk to Someone
Call a girlfriend or your mom. Sometimes all you need is a little pep talk to make it through the day. If you are feeling overwhelmed, schedule a lunch date with a good friend or do something else to take your mind off of things.
Spend Some Cuddle Time with Your Partner
Are your raging hormones taking a toll on your relationship? Does your partner think you are carrying Rosemary’s Baby? Pregnancy stresses can create a strain on your relationship. Make some time to cuddle and reconnect with your partner. Hopefully, you will find yourself feeling less moody, anxious, and irritable with a little bit of TLC and cuddle time.
Annoying Things People Say When You Are Pregnant
At some point in your pregnancy, somebody is sure to say something to annoy you. It may be the little lady checking out your groceries or your husband’s best bud from high school, but sooner or later you will probably hear something from our annoying things people say list.
Annoying things people say and some comical responses that you might, but probably shouldn’t, say.
"Was your pregnancy planned?”
Now we are going to assume that your pregnancy was planned, but in the event that it wasn’t, we think this still falls in the annoying things category.
“Yes, we are just so good at having sex that we thought we’d try to do something with our talents” or “Of course... And why did you want to know?” This one usually stops them in their tracks.
”You know you’re not supposed to... eat that, drink that, do this.... when you're pregnant?”
Response number one: “You know what happens to people that annoy pregnant women don’t you?”
Or number two: “I think I am confused. Somehow I thought that I was the one that was pregnant, but maybe I had me confused with somebody else?”
”Can I touch your belly?”
We haven’t figured out why complete strangers think it’s a good idea to touch a pregnant woman’s belly but they do. The more strange the person is the higher the chance she will want to touch your belly, make psychic predictions, or just plain creep you out.
What do you say? Here is a simple but effective response: “Uh, no”. If that doesn’t work and it probably will, you can try, “No, I’d rather not, but would it be okay if I touched your belly? Ever since I got pregnant, I just love touching complete strangers' bellies. I don’t know why.”
Most of these responses aren't really going to go well in actual conversation, but it sure does help to laugh out some frustration with annoying things people say and do!
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