Musings Of A First Time Mommy-To-Be

by Ashanti Berkeley

As of this week I am officially 26 weeks pregnant and I feel great.

IMG_20140713_115612-1I am beyond excited to meet my baby girl and be the best mother I can possible be. In the beginning I wasn’t sure if I can take care of another human being mentally and financially, but I later realized at this point I had no choice—she was already on her way. The support from my family is overwhelming,especially from my mother.

At first she showed great concern about how I would take care of a baby (which is every mothers concern) but now everything is about her grandbaby. She always takes time to check on me and give me advice—she is even planning my baby shower!

Physically I am getting used to the body changes. My breasts are always sore and my belly is getting bigger every week, but I was lucky enough to avoid morning sickness so I eat well and try to walk as much as I can. I am guilty of eating junk food from time to time but I try to drink lots of water and fruit.

I will admit I am having great anxiety about labor but I have prayed for a safe delivery and hope that I give birth to a healthy baby girl.

The best advice I can give is to be patient and financially prepare yourself for your baby. I decided to work up until the day my water breaks so that I can save as much as I can. I’m very blessed and grateful to say the father of my child is around and very much involved in my pregnancy. Along with his prayers, love and advice, he takes good care of me. He is excited to be a father and that makes things much easier on me.

The best part of my pregnancy is seeing and hearing her heart beat during my doctor visits. I also find joy in feeling her kick. It makes me feel good to know she is active and well.

Motherhood is going to be great and with 14 weeks left, I’m ready to finally be a first time mom.


  1. Tara, I recommend picking up a copy of the Baby 411 book. A friend bought it for me when I was pregnant with my first baby. It’s a quick and funny read, packed with great little snippets of advice. So much more fun than What to Expect When You’re Expecting!