Pregnancy really can be enjoyable. The thrill and excitement of discovering you are pregnant can sometimes be masked by tiredness and mood swings. Following these simple tips can help you stay at your best during this special time.
- Stay hydrated. This will help your body function to the best of its ability. Sip water throughout the day rather than drinking a large quantity in one go.
- Eat a diet full of colourful, nutritious wholefoods, fruit and vegetables. A healthy diet will help ensure both you and your baby are getting enough vital nutrients. Top up a healthy diet with a natural, broad-spectrum multivitamin and mineral pre-natal supplement from your health shop.
- Reduce your sugar intake. High sugar diets (this includes white processed foods) will only exasperate mood swings further and will also impact negatively on your immune system making you more likely to pick up any colds or sickness going around.
- Get regular, moderate exercise. Exercise is so good for both your physical and mental wellbeing during pregnancy. It helps you remain calm, stress free and boosts your energy levels. The fitter you are before birth the easier you will find the physical demands of birthing.
- Take ‘time-out’ for yourself each day. Remember, you deserve it! You are growing a little, human being.
- Treat yourself to a holistic treatment, such as a pregnancy massage or reflexology as often as you can. Don’t be shy! If you have a birthday or other special occasion coming up, ask for treatment vouchers.
- Talk to your bump – connect with your baby often throughout the day.
- Share your feelings or any anxieties you may have. Don’t keep things bottled up.
- Include your partner as much as you can in your pregnancy. Your baby can get to know his voice too before
Small changes to your daily diet and lifestyle can add up to make a big difference to your overall pregnancy experience. When you have enjoyed a healthy, positive pregnancy you are in the best position possible to experience a health, positive birth for both you and your baby.