*A collaborative post
With only five weeks of my pregnancy left, it’s safe to say that this pregnancy has flown by. I can’t quite believe that our second baby boy will be with us in a matter of weeks. Pregnancy isn’t always easy and there’s lots of people always willing (not matter how welcome it is) offering their advice which can often be conflicting and confusing for Mums-to-be.
Sea-Band, my go-to brand with their drug free nausea relief acupuncture wrist bands, have teamed up with experienced practicing midwife, Gill Perks to provide her top tips to help Mums-to-be throughout their pregnancy;
- Some foods should be avoided in pregnancy. This includes unpasteurised and unripe cheeses, pâté, certain fish including shark, marlin and swordfish and tinned tuna fish should only be eaten twice a week. Fruit and vegetables should always be washed prior to consumption. Runny eggs can be eaten as long as they have the Lion Mark and caffeine should be drunk in moderation. Alcohol should be avoided.
- Gardening gloves should be worn when gardening and when changing cat litter to protect your unborn baby from toxoplasmosis. You should always wash your hands before you put anything in your mouth.
- Exercise in pregnancy is safe and recommended. Women who are used to exercising before their pregnancy can maintain their level of activity as long as they’re comfortable. Those who aren’t used to exercise in pregnancy should not try anything new or more strenuous than usual.
- Pregnant ladies should avoid tight, restrictive clothing, particularly around their growing waistline, pregnancy should be a time to be as comfortable as possible. Varicose veins can also appear during pregnancy, so avoid standing around for long periods and consider support stockings. See your GP if the problem persists.
- Getting support from family and friends throughout your pregnancy is really important, especially during your first trimester when you can expect to feel tired and possibly suffering from morning sickness. Where possible, allow other people to do the shopping and cooking (which can allow you to enjoy foods more easily) and allows you to rest.
- A birth plan should be written, even better call this ‘birth preferences’ and should be shared with everyone who will be involved in the birth. This should be ready by 36 weeks into your pregnancy when you should have had an opportunity to discuss birth preferences with a midwife and chosen your birth setting. The birth preferences should include who you will want with you during labour and birth and the types of comfort measures you would like, for example, massage, labouring in water or the use of gas and air. Of course, it is normal that some of these preferences may change during labour and you are completely free to change your mind! Some thought and consideration of preferences can be really helpful prior to the labour itself.
- If and when people offer you help with your new baby, you should say “yes please, bring me a meal!”
Sea-Band have compiled a Pregnancy Toolkit to offer advice, support and guidance to pregnant ladies including videos and some light relief where you could find out your very own superpower.
During the first and second trimesters of this pregnancy, I found using Sea-Band acupuncture wrist bands really helpful to combat the nausea felt by morning sickness. Of course, morning sickness can last pretty much all day so wearing the bands helped provide me with a drug free, natural relief.
Sea-band wrist bands are available from Boots at just £8.59. To find out more information about types of nausea and forms of prevention, visit the Sea-Band website: www.sea-band.com
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