Do keep in mind, however, that nursing while pregnant won't necessarily be a walk in the park. For one thing (as you'll undoubtedly recall), pregnancy (especially during the first and third trimesters) is an arduous endeavor. Pair that with the toll milk production takes on your body (and energy level) and you could have a recipe for sheer exhaustion. For another, the combination of nipple sensitivity in early pregnancy and nursing a hungry baby can be a painful one. What's more, breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin (the hormone that causes contractions), so don't be surprised if you feel some stronger-than-usual Braxton Hicks contractions toward the end of your pregnancy. (Stay calm — in most cases, these “practice” contractions are completely safe and uneventful.) If double-mommy-duty is taking its toll on you and weaning feels like the only option, don't feel guilty about it (there'll be plenty of time to prove your maternal prowess in the years to come!).
One potential snag you'll need to watch out for when you're a breastfeeding mom-to-be is a reduction in your milk production. In the beginning, you might have to keep a close eye on your supply — and your baby's weight gain — to gauge whether you're still producing enough milk or if a formula supplement might be necessary. (If your baby is old enough for solids, it might not become such an issue.) Keeping up your milk supply shouldn't be too difficult, so long as you make sure you're getting plenty of extra calories (after all, you're eating for three now!). Aim for a total of 500 to 800 extra calories (300 for the fetus and 200 to 500 for milk production), four servings of protein, and six servings of calcium each day. And don't forget about drinking: Focus on getting at least eight glasses of fluid per day.
Do be sure, too, to talk with your practitioner (and the pediatrician) as your pregnancy progresses. If you need help, ask for it (especially if you do continue breastfeeding both of your children once the new baby is born).
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