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The Essentials for Pregnant and Postpartum Moms

Author: Jade Park, Postpartum Doula and Registered Nurse

The First Trimester

The first trimester is the first three months of a pregnancy. During this time, one of a woman’s greatest needs is someone she can talk to who will listen without judgment. She will also need someone reliable she can go to with her questions. Pregnancy can be overwhelming, especially if it is unexpected, and it is normal to feel mixed emotions. Mend provides this, as well as the need for a verified pregnancy test and referrals for prenatal care. Most pregnant women find a medical provider by around 10 weeks along.

The first trimester can be hard on a woman physically. An estimated 70% to 80% of pregnant women experience nausea, especially in their first trimester. Peppermint, ginger, and popsicles are great natural remedies for nausea. It can be equally important to have high protein snacks on hand, such as cheese and nuts. There are prescription medication options available for women with severe morning sickness. 

An estimated 70% to 80% of pregnant women experience nausea, especially in their first trimester.

Other common symptoms during the first trimester are tender breasts, heartburn, mood swings, fatigue and headaches. Tylenol and Tums are safe for pregnancy with moderation and when used according to the directions. If symptoms persist even with taking Tums or Tylenol, talk to your doctor, as there may be an underlying issue that requires a doctor’s attention. Women during all stages of pregnancy need lots of sleep and prenatal vitamins.

The Second Trimester

During the second trimester (months 4-6) a mama will start to put on weight and will need larger, more comfortable clothes. Stretchy bras, panties, and pants are a must. A belly band or back brace can help with the common growing pains of pregnancy. Massage and stretching become imperative during this time to reduce soreness and pain. Some women need panty liners as their babies begin kicking because it can cause bladder leaks.  

The Third Trimester

The third trimester (months 7-9), baby begins to really put on some weight and that healthy growth will have an impact on the mama. Don’t be surprised when a mama in her third trimester needs more sleep, lots of high protein meals, and frequent breaks from walking or standing to slow down and catch her breath. Soaking in a bath or pool can be a great relief to mama. Slip-on shoes that can accommodate swollen feet are important. 

Don't be surprised when a mama in her third trimester needs more sleep, lots of high protein meals, and frequent breaks from walking or standing to slow down and catch her breath.

As the due date approaches, a mama will need someone to talk to about all the changes she is going through and how she feels about mothering a baby. She will need to pack a bag for the delivery room that is large enough to fit freebies from the hospital in addition to whatever clothes or products she brings.

The Fourth Trimester

What? There’s more?

Absolutely! She may have already delivered her baby but a mama’s journey is far from over. The fourth trimester is the first three months after giving birth, and for many mamas, she will have the most needs during this time. All women will need enough sanitary pads for 6-8 weeks of bleeding and discharge. An abdominal binder can also be helpful for healing a woman’s muscles and back.

Women who choose to breastfeed will need lanolin balm, stretchy wire free bras, and nursing pads for milk leaks. A mama should not stop taking her prenatal vitamins, as they are essential to replenish her body’s blood and minerals. 

New mothers need lots of time to spend bonding with their baby, at least for the first two weeks. This means she needs others to help manage other household necessities such as providing healthy meals, so that she can focus primarily on rest and bonding. 

Emotional support is just as vital as physical recovery. All mothers will need someone they can talk to about how they are feeling. Mend has great resources for postpartum moms and is always available to be a listening ear for a woman who is adjusting to being a mama. 

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"More for Mamas" Mother's Day Shower

Date: Saturday, May 18th
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Location: The Park Church in Tulsa

To empower and encourage moms, we want to collect donations for the mamas! This can include maternity clothes, nursing accessories, prenatal vitamins, or just basic self care products.