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July 17, 2019

Everyone wants to grow a healthy baby when they’re pregnant. Here are 10 ideas of how to look after yourself in early pregnancy.

1

Rest, whether that’s sleeping in, having a daytime nap or going to bed early (or all three!) Much more rest is required during early pregnancy and while you sleep progesterone secretion increases, supporting pregnancy. Aim for a minimum of eight hours’ shut-eye each night.

 

2

Spend your free time doing what you enjoy. From reading to listening to music; catching up with friends to walking along the beach with your partner, feeling good will have a positive impact on your wellbeing which is important all of the time – and especially when you’re pregnant. Plus, keeping yourself busy will keep your mind off of all those first trimester pregnancy symptoms.

 

3

Keep eating, and eat the right foods. Even if you’re experiencing nausea it’s crucial to stay nourished. Eat small and frequent meals that include plenty of fruit and vegetables. Stay away from those that aren’t such as raw fish and raw eggs, unpasteurised cheese and left-overs.

 

4

Stay connected. Whether it’s through a group or forum, it can be helpful to share what you’re going through with other pregnant women who may be experiencing similar stresses and pressures let alone first-trimester symptoms. Also, talking with a professional can help you cope if emotions become overwhelming.

 

5

Think: Everything in moderation. Now’s not the time to start a high-impact fitness regime, to do a deep clean or rearrange of the house on your own, or to binge watch an entire season of your favourite new Netflix series. Your growing a human and that requires extra energy, and extra care.

 

6

Take a prenatal containing folic acid every day, as folic acid helps develop baby’s brain and spinal cord. Don’t, however, take any other herbal remedies or over- the-counter medications without checking in with your LMC even if it’s for a simple cold.  

 

7

Share the load. Besides leaning on your partner to cook or clean-up meals, ask friends or family to host or to meet for catch-ups closer to where you live.

 

8

Boost your mood and your body with daily exercise. This doesn’t mean going an extra kilometre on the treadmill. Light walking, pilates or swimming will help loosen your muscles, minimise constipation and aches, helps you sleep better while releasing endorphins. Consider prenatal yoga from the second trimester.

 

9

Be vigilant about brushing your teeth and flossing – oral hygiene is important for both you and baby. Increased levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen can lead to red, swollen or bleeding gums. Plaque build-up cause gingivitis or periodontitis (a more serious gum disease) where a long-term effect is bone loss. Besides brushing and flossing at least two times per day, consider using a softer toothbrush and book a dental check-up.  While looking after your teeth is a must, teeth-whitening kits are a must-not, as they contain peroxide.

 

10

Get comfy in your changing body with clothing that is comfy. Now’s the time to opt for elastic waistbands be it on trousers or a skirt. Buy a comfortable maternity bra and consider wearing looser clothing instead of anything tight.

 

BEFORE AND BEYOND 10 WEEKS
 Throughout pregnancy contact your LMC or doctor
if you’re experiencing:

 -          Severe abdominal pain

-          Pain while urinating

-          Constant vomiting

-          Fever

-          Chills

-          Dizzines or fainting

-          Heart palpitations or shortness of breath

-          Abnormal vaginal discharge or foul odour

-          Bleeding or cramping


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