Pregnancy is a unique time of hormones, anxiety, happiness, confusion, excitement, fear and tiredness not to mention the physical changes in your body and the fact that you are growing another human being!
For some women, pregnancy can be a breeze and for others it can be a hard few months. I enjoy being pregnant but none have mine have been particularly easy – I have had three babies and each pregnancy has been so different physically and emotionally.
Normal physical issues can include:
nausea and sickness
Normal emotional issues can include:
anxiety and/or fear about the responsibility and what to do for the best for you and your growing baby
feeling vulnerable and scared with these changes
just being emotional – some women talk about a rollercoaster of tears, fury, sadness and happiness
FITNESS IN PREGNANCY
If you are feeling sluggish and out of shape, there are a lot of benefits to taking some exercise in pregnancy – it can help to re-energise you, it can ease niggles and just make you feel better!
If you are busy and stressed, take some time out to relax and rid yourself of any tension.
ACHES AND PAINS
As your body changes to accommodate your growing baby, you may experience to discomfort in your back and pelvis, as well as some minor swelling. There could be some relief from these niggles and discomforts but also see your midwife if you are concerned about anything.
GETTING READY FOR THE BIRTH OF YOUR BABY
It really is worth investing in some good antenatal classes – they actually don’t cost very and they can make a huge difference to your birth preparation as well as your birth experience. And I don’t just say this as an antenatal teacher, I say it because it’s what my clients tell me!
Good antenatal classes don’t just aim to inform, they aim to listen, empower and equip expectant parents with the skills needed to stay calm and in control in labour.
GETTING READY FOR LIFE WITH YOUR BABY
Birth, Baby & Family– providing a range of antenatal and postnatal courses
North East Sling Library – for all things slings and carrying your baby
Grow up Green – all you need to know about using cloth nappies
CONCERNS ABOUT THE HEALTH OF YOU OR YOUR BABY
See your midwife or go straight to your local pregnancy assessment unit if you don’t feel right or you want some reassurance that your baby is ok. You are never wasting anyone’s time.
Some women can feel low and depressed in pregnancy, talk to your midwife about this as they can refer you for more support
BIRTH & BABY ONLINE SUPPORT
LOOK AFTER YOURSELF
You may go between feeling brilliant and feeling terrible throughout your pregnancy and, while pregnancy isn’t an illness, it can sometimes feel like it so look after yourself.
Try to eat as well as you can, drink plenty of water and rest when you need to, especially if you struggle to sleep well at night – using your breathing can help with this, especially in the third trimester.
a specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting