So you’re pregnant! This is one of the most exciting, confusing, extraordinary times of your life, but it also comes with a lot of planning and preparation. While you want to enjoy this incredible experience, it can be hard to do when there is so much to think about. Here are a few things you should start thinking about fairly early on in pregnancy to start getting all your ducks in a row, and trust us, there’s plenty more to come.
Where to give birth?
These days there are a number of different options available all with their own pros and cons. Start finding out what is available in your local area such as which hospitals have maternity units (many will now have reviews you can check out online), are there stand alone midwifery lead birth units or on-hospital-site midwife lead birth centers? Home births are becoming ever more popular and this can be arranged through your local hospital or through a private midwife. You don’t have to make any final decisions yet and circumstances may end up dictating where it is safest for you to have your baby but it is important to spend some time weighing up your options. And remember what is right for one person may not be right for another, the decision is yours.
Some people start their pregnancy in the peak of physical fitness and others don’t. That’s fine. The important thing is to try and be as healthy as possible during your pregnancy which means different things for different people. If you’re not a natural gym bunny try and look at some alternative ways of getting some gentle exercise and maybe start to have a think about reducing certain foods in your diet and increasing others. Here at Baby2Body through our blogs, daily tips and articles we will guide your through your pregnancy and help you to optimise your health during this important time.
You generally won’t begin these until you’re in your third trimester and getting ready for birth, but it’s worth having a look at your options and seeing what is on offer. Have a look at reviews of each of the classes you find and find one the suits your needs best.
Do’s and Don’ts
Chances are the moment you found out you were pregnant you researched everything telling you what you should and shouldn’t do but sometimes it can seem like there are so many things it’s hard to remember them all. There is only one essential do or don’t I’m going to insist on and that’s DON’T stress. You know you are doing everything in your power to ensure your baby’s well-being and that’s the most anyone can do. However if you’re looking for clear evidence based advice on what to avoid while pregnant the NHS Choices website is your best source.
Pelvic Floor Training
It’s never too early to start your pelvic floor exercises, let me repeat that– never too early. The stronger they are the less damage they are likely to sustain during pregnancy and birth and the faster they will spring back to shape after. As these are the muscles that stop you from unexpectedly having a pee every time you laugh or sneeze you’ll want them to bounce back as soon as possible. To do your exercises all you need to do is find a quiet couple of minutes two or three times a day and squeeze the muscle you use when you need to pee 30-40 times, holding for 5-10 seconds each time you squeeze. You can do this on the bus, at work, in front of the telly, no one will know. Alternatively there are gadgets you can now buy online which can help you train your pelvic floor muscles and also claim to help stretch your perineum to help avoid tears during birth.