A simple way to check how you’re doing is the healthy eating plate – also known as the food pyramid
which explains how many veggies you should be having (a lot!) and how much pasta (not so much).
Well-being during pregnancy: Key issues for all mums-to-be
Well-being during pregnancy
There are several things that contribute to your well-being during pregnancy. But as the universal truth goes, everybody is different and everyone will experience pregnancy in their own unique way. There are however, a few key things that apply to every mother-to-be, and can help your well-being, as well as the baby’s, before entering the realm of parenthood.
A major concern for Mums while pregnant is being able to get the right nutrients and vitamins to their baby. Eating healthily doesn't mean just eating fruit and veg 24/7, it means having a well-balanced diet.A simple way to check how you’re doing is the healthy eating plate – also known as the food pyramid which explains how many veggies you should be having (a lot!) and how much pasta (not so much). It may sound simple, but it’s really worth ensuring you’re familiar with it, not just for your baby but for your own body too. Consider vitamin supplements as well. As recommended by the NHS, alongside a balanced diet, supplements help to ensure your baby is getting all of the essential vitamins they need. But you should always check with your GP first.
Exercising while pregnant
Being pregnant doesn’t mean that you no longer have a social life. In fact, it means the opposite. Having a baby is the perfect excuse to try something new. It might be taking up that yoga class, or swimming at the gym you’ve always wanted to try. Maybe it’s joining a mothers walking club, and being able to make new friendships alongside it.A girls night out? Why not? A night out with your good friends may be the perfect solution for breaking up your everyday routine and giving you something to look forward to. An added benefit is saving money! Being able to buy a nonalcoholic cocktail that tastes just as good but for half the price will make that cocktail taste even better!Being pregnant doesn't stop you enjoying yourself. A night out with good friends every now and again really will make a difference to your mood.
Coping at work
Work can be stressful at the best of times, let alone when you're carrying precious cargo. Just remember to breathe when things get a bit too much. This may sound obvious, but it’s really quite effective.Any stress you feel, the baby can sense as well, and the deeper you breathe the calmer you will feel. Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in your life, so try to take on only as much as you can deal with so’s to enjoy the time you have off. Remember to talk to your manager about your rights you’re entitled while working and also on your maternity leave. Now that you know more about your well-being during pregnancy, don’t forget to have your “you time” as it’s just as important as eating well, staying hydrated and being positive. “You time” can be as little as walking to the local shop, sitting in the garden when the sun is shining or reading a book. Being pregnant doesn’t mean giving things up. It means embracing new things and welcoming change. You're entering a big stage in your life, it’s time to enjoy it.