It is important that you increase your self care during pregnancy and look after both you and the precious bump. We thought we would share some self care ideas and tips below to help you.
Make sure you get enough iron
About one in 5 women iron-deficiency in pregnancy because the body demands extra iron for the baby. This can leave you feeling tired and even breathless.
You need about 14.8mg per day.
It is a great idea to make sure you eat a varied and healthy diet. But if you struggle then you may consider pregnancy supplements. It is good to ask the advice of a pharmacy, doctor or midwife on what would be the best for you.
Boots have a great range of supplements here.
support your back and your bump!
With the extra weight your baby bump is giving you at the front of your body. Your back then compensates for it. It is really important to make sure you keep your back supported.
You can so this with a lumber chair support if your sitting during the day (or even in the evening). Try and make sure you get up and stretch every 20 minutes when sitting for long periods of time. When you are sleeping a triangle (Or pregancy pillow) can help support your back and bump at night.
Don't be afraid to speak up
According to a survey from baby charity Tommy’s, 60% of pregnant women worry about wasting midwives’ time by voicing their concerns.
BUT it is important to be vocal and no question is silly. If you are worried about something, or think something isn’t right then make sure you ask. It’s important not only for you but for your baby.
Keep your bump Moisturised
A common symptom of pregnancy is being itchy, especially the skin that is stretching and growing with your stomach.
Cut back on hot baths/ showers and products which have strong detergents or perfumes, these can make your skin dry and feel worse.
Moisturizing your bump can help with keeping stretch marks reduced and look after your skin.
Self care during pregnancy is a must. Looking after yourself and the bump is so important. Make sure you rest when you get tired. Try not to beat yourself up when you struggle with any day to day things. Your growing a tiny human and its ok to not be able to take on the world right now.