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The team at Muddy have paired up with ante-natal experts Born to Parent who have the inside track on how to make pregnancy and an easy, happy time – and it’s all about how you TREAT yourself.
woman's pregnant tummy

Photo by Ignacio Campo on Unsplash

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.

pregnant woman holding her tummy sitting in a field

Photo by Marcos Moraes on Unsplash

E is for Escape
Get out! Make the most of weekend walks with your partner and try to have 20 minutes’ fresh air every day. This will help you sleep better, it is good for the growth of your baby and it will set a good precedent for walks with your baby after the birth. Find ante-natal classes near you; you will need to be a little more gentle on your body as it creates the miracle inside you, but you also want to be as healthy as possible when you have your baby. You will meet other mothers-to-be and begin to create a new circle of friends.

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.

couple holding hands and baby's trainers

Photo by Drew Hays on Unsplash

For a brand new approach to the classic ante-natal course take a look at Born To Parent’s fab-tastic courses – you tell them what you want and they’ll do it, with courses covering all the traditional elements while focusing on the areas you’re interested in. Emily Rittner and Georgie Bateman run ante-natal courses across most of the south of England (they will travel anywhere south of the M4, and can be persuaded further north for special clients) as well as post-natal courses covering everything from how to employ help, weaning, sibling rivalry and other parenting support.
Born to Parent, tel: 07754 790546, email;

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