There’s a good chance you won’t even know you’re one month pregnant. But if you do actually track your periods (you responsible woman, you!) and have noticed that you’re late, you’re likely either ecstatic or scared shitless by the news. Both are completely appropriate responses.
• Don’t worry about the margarita (or three) that you had last weekend; your baby will not be born with three heads because of the fun you had at this early stage. Trust me, I speak from experience. But now that you know you’re creating a new life, it’s time to clean up those dirty – and fun – habits. A glass of wine here and there may be fine depending on who you talk to, but no more pounding the cocktails at happy hour. Not to worry, though, once you have kids, there’ll be plenty of reason to drink!
• Once you know you’re expecting, there are also some foods you do need to avoid like cold cuts, raw meat, soft cheeses and raw sushi. Fortunately, there’s more than enough left for you to chow down on…. which you should totally do while you’re still able to keep food down.
Scary Mommy Tip: Start making pregnant and/or mommy friends now. You’ll want someone who’s been there/done that to be able to guide you through and convince you that you’re normal. Also? Baby shit is expensive and you’ll want all the hand-me-downs you can get.