Are you one of the 50% of women who suffer from low back pain (LBP) in pregnancy? Well, as that percentage demonstrates, you’re not alone! Many expectant mothers suffer significant discomfort throughout their pregnancy because of back pain or lower pelvic pain.
Gardening during pregnancy can be a great way to stay active whilst getting some of that much needed fresh air and sunshine. Oh, and of course, a colourful garden is a sure-fire way to cheer you up each day! But there are often concerns about gardening during pregnancy, stemming from stories about toxoplasmosis, harmful insecticides and the dangers of exercise whilst pregnant.
t’s natural to be feeling stressed while pregnant - your body is going through a lot of changes and you can end up being bombarded with lots of contradicting advice or worrying about every symptom you feel. In fact, this last year has been the complete opposite of stress-free, which has left many women asking how to survive stress whilst pregnant. Just remember that these are unusual times and if you are feeling tense, anxious or even mildly stressed during your pregnancy right now it’s to be expected.
The short answer is yes and, whilst massage is one of the safest, there are a whole range of other complementary therapies that are safe for you too. Of course, you need to check with your doctor before you embark on any therapies like homeopathy, massage or acupuncture, but generally they are non-invasive therapies and therefore low risk in pregnancy.
Researchhas shown that only 5% of births actually take place on their due date.
So even if you still have a while to go it might be a good idea to start getting your hospital bag checklist together –at least two weeksearly is a standard suggestion, but with all the planning involved we suggest you begin preparing your checklist way before that.
Even with social distancing and lockdown measures in force, December was probably a time to let your guard down and treat yourself to a few extra chocolates, mince pies and other Christmas goodies (yeah, we skipped the bit about bubbly – that’ll have to wait until Christmas 2021).
This Christmas is going to bepretty different forof us, but we know it’ll be especially tricky when you’re pregnant and were hoping to meet up with friends and family to celebrate your growing bump.
Well, we’re not going to underplay your disappointment, but we are going to show you that every cloud has a silver lining and we’re here to help you find it so you can still have a fun pregnant Christmas this year.
If you want ideas on some fun, pregnancy-safe, things you can be doing at home over the festive season, then read on!
The lists of foods that expectant mothers should make sure they eat, or avoid, are riddled with myths. We know from experience that dealing with all these food myths during pregnancy can get in the way of enjoying a healthy diet for you and your baby.