At the beginning of my pregnancy I felt good. I knew this probably wouldn’t last, although I was hopeful that I would continue to feel positive and optimistic about the huge changes to my life. For me one of the biggest changes would be my body. Never one to flaunt what little I had, I can’t say I paid too much attention to the way I looked, but I did work out and I did exfoliate and I did relish in being naturally slim… So I decided to document the changes – my tummy, my boobs and my bum, in all their growing glory, got a weekly photo shoot with the intention of one day posting this blog.
Since my pregnancy, a few more of my unsuspecting friends have also fallen pregnant. I say unsuspecting because it really is a whirlwind of change – your body, your hormones, the tiredness, the heartburn, the LOVE!
While every woman must navigate her very unique pregnancy path, each will come out the other side with their own top tips. These are just a few of mine which I have recently shared with said unsuspecting friends!
I used YouTube for EVERYTHING. Search for 10, 11, 12 etc week ultrasounds so you can see how your munchkin is progressing, people post their scan videos so you can get an idea of growth & movement. Here are some pregnancy vlogs I followed:
Hannah Maggs: This is the first video I watched of hers and I love her!!!! She’s vlogged her whole pregnancy and motherhood ever since.
Brittany and Baby: This girl is pretty annoying but I found her videos really useful:
Basically search whichever week you’re at i.e. ’12 weeks pregnant…’ and you’ll find loads of videos & vlogs. They will help, comfort and inform you.
And for the boys:
You can also use YouTube for tutorials such as how to bath / change / wind your baby. The Mothercare website is also good for this.
Your Hospital Bag
At around 34 weeks, packing your hospital bag will become a really big deal. There are plenty of videos on this too, but here is my ESSENTIALS packing list:
Tracker bars (or other cereal bars)
Soft face cloth
Large black knickers – the more granny like, the better
Maternity pads – lots of
Dark coloured nighties & pj’s
Dark coloured long dressing gown
One Born Every Minute
Download the app, it’s really good. Also, every episode is on 4od. I liked watching them to prepare me for every eventuality….
Sign up to the Aptaclub for pregnancy diet advice, tailored to your stage or pregnancy and the babies development. They even send you a free teddy!!
Mothercare hold ‘Expectant Parent Event’ evenings. You will do all your research on your big ticket items around weeks 25-30 and then you can attend this event to take advantage of loads of offers and discounts. We saved about £150 on our pram & crib by doing this.
You will have various options for anti-natal courses. NCT is privately run and costs about £190. I opted to do the free government run classes ‘Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond’ and really regretted it. I wish I’d paid for the proper NCT as everyone I know who’s done it has made loads of friends and I hated my class – it was literally like a pregnant Star Wars bar!!! So I would recommend stumping up the cash. Check the NCT website at around 20-25 weeks to see when your next local course is and get enrolled.
It’s a good idea to keep doing something to keep your pelvis strong. I did yoga, pilates and swimming throughout and don’t think I could have managed my labour if I hadnt!! There are many specialist pregnancy pilates, yoga and swimming classes available, just have a look online for your local ones.
Gym ball & support pillow
Your gym ball will become a permanent piece of furniture in your living room from 30 weeks onwards. You will use it to ease your back and towards the end you’ll be space-hoppering the shit out of it to try and bounce that baby out!!! A support pillow for bed is an absolute must – this will replace your other half in bed from around 25 weeks when your back starts aching and you need to support your bump. You shouldn’t lie on your back from about 15 weeks so you’ll need to get as comfy as possible on your side.
There are so many nuggets of advice I can offer, but ultimately each woman will find what works for her and her pregnancy as each is as unique as the babies we are creating.