7 tips for a happy and healthy pregnancy
1. Eat well
I know too well how this is not always easy because when we feel sick, tired and, generally, a bit rough it’s easy to eat junk and fall into the biscuit barrel. And some days we can feel like we are never full! Try to eat a decent meal a day, with a splattering of fruit throughout the day to balance out the chocolate! Remember to drink water too – being dehydrated can make you feel tired and give you headaches.
2. Rest and sleep
Getting through a day at work or with your toddler means you have to keep going but, when it comes to the evening, if you are shattered try not to fight it – go to bed! You are making another human being and the tiredness can feel like you have been drugged so you need to rest.
You might feel that you want to wait until you are out of the haze of the first trimester, when you have a little more energy but even just going for a walk is going to help you feel re-energised and healthy.
If you fancy a class to meet other expectant mums and improve your fitness, The Birth & Baby Network has Aerobics, Pilates, Aqua Aerobics and Yoga instructors, who provide courses specifically for pregnant women.
Relaxation is not indulgent it’s essential, especially in pregnancy. Being able to totally relax means you de-stress and ease tension, which is good for you and your baby.
5. Aches & pains
As your baby grows and your body changes, you can develop aches in your back, neck and/or pelvis. It’s worth contacting a Chiropractor for an assessment, to see if you could benefit from a treatment.
6. Prepare for birth
At some point during pregnancy, most parents decide they need more support to help them prepare for the birth of their baby. Antenatal classes are a great way to gain information and ask all the questions you need to feel more informed and reassured.
If this isn’t your first baby or you are feeling very anxious about the birth of your baby, it can be worth talking it through with someone. This can help you get to the root of your anxiety and provide you with opportunity of easing any stress you may feel in pregnancy. Ask to speak to you midwife or you can contact Birth & Baby Basics for support.