Positive pregnancy resolutions
2012 is going to be a huge year for you with the arrival of your baby. Take on some positive pregnancy resolutions and boost your pregnancy wellbeing.
Are you going to be a mum for the first time in 2012? Since falling pregnant, you may have already stopped smoking, drinking and eating sushi. And well done if that’s the case. In addition to those excellent and necessary steps for your pregnancy health, have a look at the following positive pregnancy resolutions that will help you have an even healthier and happier pregnancy.
1. Stop trying to be Superwoman. Ask to sit down in public transport, move to the front of queues, and order your shopping online... In other words, give yourself a break and enjoy your privileged status as a pregnant woman.
2. Use your anti-stretch mark cream or massage oil. Right up until three months after giving birth, twice a day on all ‘at risk’ areas (stomach, buttocks, hips, breasts). If you can’t be bothered, get your man to help out... while these creams don’t actually prevent or remove stretch marks, they do help keep the skin moisturized and supple – important to prevent stretch-marks and help the skin spring back to it’s original form after the birth.
3. Keep souvenirs from your pregnancy. Start a blog; take photos of your growing bump each month or videos of dad-to-be in full action painting the baby room... These are memories that you will treasure for years to come, and will enjoy sharing with your children as they grow.
4. Communicate with your baby. The sound of your voice, your favourite music, your hand on your stomach... baby can hear and feel it all. So don’t be shy, get communicating and start the bonding process from today… with dad too!
5. Strengthen your perineum when you’ve nothing else to do. Here are two exercises to do in sets of 10 at a time. Contract your perineum for 3 seconds, then relax for 3 seconds. Contract your perineum for 10 seconds, then relax for 10 seconds. These exercises will help keep your pelvic floor in shape for the birth. A daily walk also helps keep the pelvis supple and strong.
6. Think about after the birth. Don’t wait until you have to go back to work to start thinking about childcare. You need to start getting organised before baby is born. And if you are planning to breastfeed, ask your midwife for advice about preparing your breasts for feeding.
7. Weigh yourself once a week. The ideal total weight gain is about 10 to 12 kilos over the entire pregnancy. Weigh yourself once a week (only!) and if you see a large change in weight in either direction, do ask your doctor for advice.
8. Ask all your questions. At birthing preparation classes, but also medical visits, don’t be shy about asking all your burning questions: epidural, episiotomy, breastfeeding, etc. This will allow you to make informed decisions about what you want or don’t want during the birth and to dispel any lurking worries.
9. Buy clothes that actually fit you. Your size 10 jeans are not actually going to stretch to accommodate your growing baby bump... Treat yourself to some real maternity clothes, both comfortable and fashionable; glamorous underwear and flat shoes included.
10. Have your waxing done at a beauty institute. With that baby bump in front, some places can get very difficult to reach. Don’t fret or feel embarrassed, beauticians are used to it and you’ll feel so much better afterwards.
11. Get down to your local swimming pool. Go for a dip at least once a week at off-peak times or during a specific mums-to-be class. Swimming is both relaxing and helps to gently keep you in shape. You and your baby will both love it.
12. Don’t listen to others. Is everyone bombarding you with contradictory advice? Shut your ears and trust yourself, your partner and your chosen medical professional. Each woman’s pregnancy is her own and you should do things for your own comfort and peace of mind.
13. Help dad-to-be get used to the idea. Men need tangible activities to feel involved in this whole adventure, because the baby is growing in your tummy, not theirs. Scans, feeling the baby move, choosing the pushchair: these are the things that make sense to them and will help them feel involved and close to the action.
14. Live at your baby’s rhythm. Long nights, naps during the day, a balanced diet, calm activities (massage, cuddling, reading), your baby is living your life with you even before he is born so don’t wait for the birth to start changing your routine.
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