Overall, I enjoyed being pregnant, but I did have my moments when it was a real strain. I felt quite nauseous and exhausted. I had to watch what I ate. I wish I had used Sea-Band to help keep that awful feeling of sickness at bay. I was familiar with them for travel sickness but sadly didn’t even think to use them in pregnancy! Such a shame really as they are a natural product and have no side effects. They are comfortable to wear and very effective.
Sea-Band have launched a pregnancy toolkit with lots of useful guidance and support to give you a helping hand if you are struggling. Being pregnant is quite a worrying time its good to know what you can and cannot do.
Gill Perk’s an experienced practising midwife at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has so much knowledge to share. Do pop over to the website and have a read of her tips and common misconceptions about pregnancy. You might be surprised by how much you learn. Even after two of my own pregnancies I still found it an informative read.
Being well-informed gives you that reassurance you’re doing it right which is comforting. You want the best for your baby in pregnancy so make sure you take time to look after yourself.
I have outlined Gill’s tips below.
Gill advises you can do exercise in moderation (about 2.5 hours a week). Make sure it’s not too strenuous or a new activity you haven’t tried before. It can help with the aches and pains and the fatigue your feeling.
Take certain precautions
I made a point of avoiding pate and unpasteurised cheeses, I went off tea completely, so I think my body was telling me not to have caffeine. I didn’t realise you shouldn’t eat more than two tins of tuna a week. Gill says guidance has changed on runny eggs they are safe with the Lion Mark.
Another precaution to take is avoiding changing the cat litter tray if you can or at the very least make sure you are wearing gloves to protect your baby from toxoplasmosis. Make sure you do the same with gardening, as cats might have gone to toilet in the soil.
Accept Help and Support
The first 12 weeks are especially tough lean on family and friends, let them help with the cooking and letting you rest. If people want to help after the baby has arrived encourage them to bring you a meal or give you a hand with the housework.
Avoid tight, restrictive clothing, particularly around the waistline. 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.
Don’t forget to write your birth plan
It’s good to get that discussion of your birth preferences settled before the big day. You might feel happier knowing its all wrapped up ready, but be aware sometimes it can all change on the day!
There is also a video with Gill with further advice, like making sure you take your folic acid supplements and using ginger tea and Sea-Bands to help with morning sickness. For more information about types of nausea and forms of prevention, visit the Sea-Band website: www.sea-band.com. Sea-Bands are available from all major retailers and online, adult Sea-Band and child Sea-Band are both priced at £8.59 at Boots.
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I have five pairs of adult Sea-Bands to giveaway so if you are pregnant five lucky winners can start to feel better straight away, if you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 23rd of January.