Pregnancy Tips For First Time Mums
So you’re pregnant with your first child. Congratulations! Now what?
Well, we’ve put together a little introductory checklist to help start you off:
Don’t overdo the self-help
Let me guess – you’re already fantasising about (or have already bought) all of the pregnancy books you’ve ever heard of. Dozens of new books are released every year, with classics like “What to Expect” on constant re-issue. Not to mention the amount of information online presenting itself as fact! So many forums and message boards, so little time. No such thing as too much information, right?
Wrong. For the sake of your own sanity, try not to take these too seriously. Knowing every possible thing that could go wrong might be comforting to some, but for most of us, it merely leaves a crippling ball of anxiety and paranoid hypochondria. It really is possible to know too much – reading pregnancy forums can leave you thinking every cramp is a cause for serious panic. Resist the urge to Google your symptoms; if you think there is a genuine problem, call your doctor or midwife first.
Parenting blogs can be an exception
On the other hand, there are a plethora of relaxed, funny, and genuinely educational blogs out there that talk about pregnancy and parenting without taking themselves too seriously. They can be a great way to feel in-touch with other pregnant women, and hear about different things you may never have considered – anti-morning-sickness juice blends or prenatal yoga poses, anyone?
Now that you’re pregnant, your body is going to change. Sooner or later, you’re going to need new clothes to accommodate your growing bump, and because maternity wear is designed to maximise your comfort, we suggest opting for sooner. Check out Maternity Sale for a great selection of stylish pieces for every stage of your pregnancy.
Try to make the spaces where you spend the most time as comfortable as possible. If there’s ever a time when you have the right to permanently call shotgun on the comfiest armchair, or needed an excuse to upgrade your office chair, it’s now.
Finally, don’t forget your poor feet – invest in comfy slippers now (go a size or two up from your normal shoe size), and we promise you’ll thank us later!
Go your own way
There are as many different types of pregnancies as there are pregnant women – there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. You know what’s going to make you feel the most comfortable, whether it’s bi-weekly massages, a daily time-out with a cup of tea and no conversation, long walks twice a day, or regular jelly beans.
The same goes for the birth itself – whether you want a hypnobirth coach, a doula, a midwife, a home birth, a water birth, an epidural, make sure you’re comfortable with your decision – and change your mind whenever you feel like it. Don’t be swayed too much by anybody else’s pregnancy – we’re sure you’ll work it out.
Good luck! You can do it.