How to Enjoy an “Ideal” Pregnancy

Ideal pregnancy

From the moment your excitedly announce your happy news to the world, various instructions and advice will pour forth from well-meaning relatives, friends neighbours and even strangers.  Every woman would like to cruise through the 9 months they carry their baby and give birth in the way that they would like.  You may start off with these ideals, but your confidence can be slowly eroded as people tell you ‘it doesn’t happen like that’. But it can – you need to manage your pregnancy and that means understanding the current advice for pregnant women.  Achieving an ideal pregnancy requires work.

HARTMANN Direct have critically examined the do’s and don’ts aimed at expectant parents in the UK, creating this handy guide to help you enjoy your ideal pregnancy. 

DO… 

Consider taking prenatal vitamins but always check with your midwife or doctor first and double-check that the product is safe for pregnant women. Not all expectant mums will need vitamins – it depends on your diet – but they can certainly be useful for giving your body a boost. It is recommended that you increase your intake of folic acid in the early weeks of pregnancy. 

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Plenty of reading on pregnancy and birth, and the services on offer you whilst pregnant. There is no denying that the best way of enjoying an ideal pregnancy is to be informed but take care where you get this information from. Not every website, for example, contains trustworthy information.  

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See your doctor to confirm your pregnancy as soon as possible and to get the ball rolling in terms of your care for the coming months. 

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Stop smoking, if you haven’t already done so. The effects of smoking on unborn babies is well documented and researched. Your doctor can help with stopping smoking. 

DO… 

Eat well, although if you are suffering morning sickness, heartburn or indigestion, this can be problematic. You might also find that some foods and drinks start to taste differently, a problem caused by hormones.  

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Get relief from morning sickness. Although it is a ‘normal’ part of pregnancy, it doesn’t mean you have to simply ‘stick it out’ and hope it passes. Being sick from one day to the nest will leave you feeling tired and drained, so see your doctor. 

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Get enough sleep and get into a good sleeping routine as sleep is the one thing that you need throughout your pregnancy. As your bump grows, you may find it harder to get comfortable so invest in plenty of pillows to support your bump as you sleep on your side and your back. 

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Continue to exercise as this is good not only for your physical and emotional well-being throughout pregnancy but good for your baby too. Staying active during pregnancy helps to minimise aches, and help you get a good night’s sleep too.  

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Drink plenty of water but sip it throughout the day tailing off your consumption of food and drink in the hour or to before bed to promote a better night’s sleep. Leaking urine during pregnancy is common – a combination of a growing baby compressing your bladder and hormones too – so consider using incontinence pads to help you manage it. 

The Don’ts 

As we said, you’ll be given plenty advice about what to do and what to do during pregnancy. Be mindful that some of the ‘do nots’ are based on nothing more than stories of old. There are, however, some pregnancy ‘do nots’ that are worth following; 

  • Food – there are some foods that can cause problems during pregnancy although official advice changes over now and then. However, there are some processed uncooked meats that are best avoided, as well as soft cheeses and seafood too. Some carry pathogens that wouldn’t normally bother us but can be harmful to your unborn baby. Some foods are also overly rich in some oils and vitamins.
     
  • Drink – avoid alcohol and any drinks that are highly caffeinated, such as energy drinks. This is more about your own comfort as much as it is your baby.
     
  • Stress – many women feel they have to ‘keep up’ with the pace of modern life but frankly, there will be days in your pregnancy when what you need to do most is rest and relax. As your body changes to accommodate your growing baby, it needs help: this means rest and sleep, gentle exercise, nutrients and most importantly, little or any stress!  

It is an exciting time, but pregnancy is also a time of many, many changes, both physically and emotionally. You must spend time preparing for your new baby, as well as labour and birth. By taking care of you, you take care of your baby. 

HARTMANN Direct supply a range of incontinence products for man and women, many of which are suitable for use during pregnancy and after the birth too.  

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