Tips for your pregnancy

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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
  • headaches
  • back pain
  • pelvic pain
  • tiredness

 

 

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!

 

 

FEELING STRESSED

If you are busy and stressed, take some time out to relax and rid yourself of any tension.

 

 

 ACHES AND PAINS

 

 

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.

Birth & Baby Antenatal Classes & Support

Natal Hypnotherapy

 

 

GETTING READY FOR LIFE WITH YOUR BABY

Birth & Baby

North East Sling Library

Grow up Green

 

 

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

Birth & Baby Pregnancy Facebook Group – information and support from other parents and from me
This is a place for you to ask questions and gain support from other parents.

 

 

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.

About Janine 587 Articles
I am an antenatal teacher, doula, baby massage instructor, postnatal educator, life coach, writer, mum, wife, friend and, sometimes, just me. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and early parenting - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, a different perspective and links to the best products and services for families. I set up the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in 2014 to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive space for parents across Tyneside.