So You’re Pregnant in Lake County … Now What?

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It seems like it was just yesterday, (ok, technically five months ago) that I was still pregnant with my little guy. I recall taking weekly bump photos and anxiously awaiting the next ultrasound appointment, shopping for maternity clothes, craving Cinnamon Toast Crunch nonstop, soaking up all the wonderful well wishes and, of course, decorating the nursery. Ahh, the memories!

Sound familiar? You might be pregnant in Lake County! In those rare moments when you’re not dancing on air or completely freaking out, you may wonder what to do next. Here’s a list of things to do as that bumps grows during the coming months:

1) Dress the bump!
There are plenty of stores that offer maternity clothes: Motherhood Maternity, Loft, H&M, Gap, Old Navy, Asos and Target, to name a few.  Looking for some alternative options? There’s Pink Blush Maternity. Want to try on clothing from your own home?  Try Stitch Fix, a company that sends a monthly box delivered to your doorstep with pieces that fit your personal style (both for maternity and non-maternity clothing).  And don’t forget to take advantage of the upcoming resale events going on throughout Lake County, where you can find some affordable options. I’ve tried out clothes from all these places and curated a great wardrobe to take me through my pregnancy!

2) Try prenatal yoga.
Prenatal yoga can help prepare your body and mind for birth and post-natal recovery in a number of ways. You’ll focus on gentle stretching  and movement, as well as breathing exercises, which I know helped me out when it came time to deliver.  I really enjoyed my prenatal yoga classes with Patricia at Prairie Sunshine Yoga in Grayslake.

3) Get a massage.
You are growing a tiny human, so it’s important to pamper yourself!  Treat yourself to a prenatal massage to help you relax your muscles. I particularly enjoyed the fact that I could lay on my stomach with the help of a neat prenatal pillow. Downright relaxing, I tell ya!

4) Book a photo session.
If you want to have maternity portraits taken, schedule a session with a photographer.  Be sure to browse Pinterest for some fun ideas/shots that you can replicate! And don’t forget to check out the best outdoor places to get photographs taken in Lake County. While you are at it, secure a photographer for newborn photos!  They happen relatively quickly (photographers recommended this within the first 7-10 days of the baby’s life), so you’ll feel better having your photographer secured.

5) Sign up for classes/support groups.
Being a first time parent, I took advantage of several classes offered through the hospital- from infant CPR to breastfeeding to hospital tours/childbirth 101. When baby arrives, keep this list of 15 things to do with your baby in Lake County in mind, as well as this roundup of Lake County parent/mom groups.

6) Indulge those cravings sometimes!
I didn’t have any particularly odd cravings, mainly just dairy and carbs. But you better believe I was checking out all the ice cream spots in Lake County along with the best pizza spots!  Yum! If you crave something other than pizza and ice cream, take a browse on the blog, and I’m sure you’ll find something in Lake County that will satisfy that craving!

What am I missing?  Tell me below in the comments!

 


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Valerie is a brand spankin’ new mom that hails from Lindenhurst, along with her handy husband, super smiley baby boy and spunky Irish Troodle named Izzy. Formerly a communications/marketing gal in corporate America, she is a new stay-at-home-momma who loves chocolate, running the trails of Lake County, baby snuggles and bargain shopping. She invites you to read along on her quest to find her style — in her closet, kitchen, home and beyond — at her blog The Style Files.

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