Myth No. 1: Pregnancy lasts nine months.
Who did this math? Forty weeks equals ten months. Forget everything you think you know. We’re here to set you straight.
Myth No. 2: It will come naturally.
If you’ve never changed a diaper, how are you supposed to pick a changing table? Turn to the Giggle Guide to Baby Gear, a brand-agnostic bible for must-haves. The Perfect Baby Handbook is a satirical look at raising kids and the perfect antidote to your anxiety (since heavy drinking is out). Take comfort in the anecdotes of Today’s Moms. Hearing someone else say “Me, too” can be invaluable.
Myth No. 3: You’ll love flaunting those new curves.
Your tatas are so big they could smother a small child. For tasteful and flattering, check out LAmade’s new maternity tees and dresses. Pay next to nothing for designer threads at InStyleBelly, a new online maternity consignment shop. And for classic basics that will last, shop Egg by Susan Lazar’s new maternity collection.
Myth No. 4: You’ll want to do it more.
Correct — if by “do it” you mean “plan and organize.” Create an invite-only blog on Wee Web before baby’s arrival and use it to let your mom keep track of your blossoming belly. Thanks for the blanket; what we really needed was lasagna. Organize a free meal registry on MealBaby and have friends sign up for dinner duty. You picked the birth announcement but can’t imagine having time to address the things. RedStamp.com does the deed and even mails them.
So you can focus on other things, like learning to change a diaper.
Oh, baby. Check out our local guides for more ideas.
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