Growing a baby? Whether it's your first, second, third, fourth (!), fifth (yikes!!), find out how to treat yourself well during pregnancy.
T is for Temptation
Don’t be tempted to buy every gadget under the sun, choose them wisely. Do your research, think about what you really need. All a baby really needs is to be fed and kept warm – everything else will fall into place. Bear in mind that babies survived without constant technological surveillance – parents used their instinct so try to develop your instinct – it will serve you well. On the other hand, do treat yourself every so often. When your pregnancy wardrobe becomes boring, invest in a statement piece of jewellery or some big earrings. Buy that book you’ve been dying to read, but haven’t found the time – as your bump makes you less mobile, the sofa will be very appealing.
R is for Relaxation
Making a baby is a very tiring process, particularly in the first trimester. So try to make time for a nap each day – your body will be grateful. As your body changes you will be beautiful in a unique way so look after yourself, treat yourself to delicious lotions and potions. As you become less mobile, book a spa day, have a pregnancy massage, a mani-pedi (particularly when you can’t even see your toes, let alone paint your toenails!) As your bump becomes uncomfortable, encourage your partner to massage you and find some essential oils that ease the tension not only in your body but your mind too. Make the most of this shared time before two becomes three.
A is for Ante-Natal Courses
Which course to choose can be a minefield; bear in mind that you are legally entitled to time off to attend more than one. You may not want to do the traditional 6-8 weeks, so consider booking into a luxury hotel for a long weekend where the course happens against the backdrop of delicious food, pampering spa treatments and healthy walks by the beach. Born To Parent runs courses in February and October at the gorgeous, beach-side Hotel Tresanton, which is definitely worth checking out.
T is for Tipple
Pregnancy is often about what you can’t eat – no alcohol, no caffeine, no soft cheese. It can seem as if you’re about to embark on a very boring regime, so you need to focus on the high points. Did you look forward to a G&T every evening? There is now a massive range of delicious tonics with subtle flavours on the supermarket shelves. Similarly with caffeine, look at the delicious range of teas available and find your favourite. Keep raspberry tea until the end of your pregnancy as it will help with labour and childbirth.