17 Little Things I Did To Have An Easier Pregnancy

    Your mind is going through as much as your body, y'all.

    Hi, I'm Rachel. I'm 25 weeks pregnant and have struggled with anxiety for my entire adult life.

    I also had a miscarriage last fall.

    Here are a few things that legit kept me from losing my mind while trying to conceive and throughout the first 24 weeks of my pregnancy.

    2. Not testing until after my missed period

    3. Using line tests (not digital)

    4. Planning something fun in case I wasn't pregnant that month

    5. Switching doctors

    6. Having a mantra

    7. Limiting my anxiety-Googling

    8. Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster

    9. Going to therapy

    10. Not responding to texts when I didn't feel like it

    11. Drinking water

    12. Eating small meals

    13. Preggie Pop Drops

    14. My handed-down body pillow

    15. Getting a Fitbit

    16. Not announcing my pregnancy when I wasn't ready...

    17. ...Until one day at 23 weeks, I looked in the mirror and I had this big beautiful baby bump and could feel my daughter kicking the crap out of me and I realized that was my time.

    Because yes, at 24 weeks I finally accepted that I was probably going to have a baby in September. Which... is a whole 'nother source of anxiety.