Tips For When You Are Expecting

When you become pregnant, it can be great. The wonderful realisation that you will have a child to look after and nurture can be ever so exciting, but at the same time quite daunting. There are so many things to think about and prepare for, and sometimes it can be rather difficult. Being healthy is one of the main things that you need to consider while pregnant to make sure that your child has the best possible start in life is a must. This may involve a change of lifestyle and diet, which can be quite difficult for some; but just remember, it can be so worth it. From the very second that you make everyone aware that you are expecting, you will be overwhelmed with advice, but you need to do your own research and find out what really works.

Fashion tips if you are expecting

Your body will inevitably change during pregnancy, and as mentioned, this can be quite an unnerving phase. We all want to feel confident with the way that we look, and being pregnant does not have to mean that you can’t look your very best. There are so many different types of clothing that can not only help with the practical side of being pregnant but also help you to look fantastic. Even while pregnant and still working, you could have stylish corporate maternity wear. You know what suits you and what you are comfortable with, so have a look below at the different items that can help you look great:

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A-line Shirts and Dresses – this item of clothing will flow away from your stomach and will keep you comfortable. As your stomach gets bigger, the A-line shirt or dress gives plenty of room.

Bras – one of the first things that you will notice when pregnant is that your bra size will get bigger so you will have to buy new bras. Another thing to consider here is that many women suffer discomfort at night with regard to their breasts. You can buy sleeping bras to help with this.

Nursing tops – these can be a great way to help with being discreet with breastfeeding and can be worn before and after pregnancy. You will be able to find many shops that offer great breastfeeding tops sales.

Belly Band – this is a favourite for many pregnant women. It is a stretchy band that can overlap your trousers. It can also mean that you can still wear your favourite designer jeans without having to zip them up.

Maternity Swimwear – keeping fit and healthy while pregnant is so important. And swimming can help with this and also relieving stress. You will find that in all maternity clothes shops, they will offer a swimwear line.

Shop at your favourite stores – not all but many big brand names will have a maternity section in their shops; you don’t just have to shop at specialist maternity stores.

Stay Healthy

Looking good and feeling happy in yourself is important, but you need to make sure that you are as healthy as you can be. For some people, not that much will change. But for others, it will involve a complete transformation. The obvious things to avoid when you become pregnant is smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. This obviously can be difficult, but regardless it is something that is needed. You will even need to make sure that you are not exposing yourself to second hand smoke. Always try to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep. It is recommended to get at least 8 hours sleep. If this is not possible, try to take naps during the day. Drink lots of fluids. This is recommended anyway even if you are not pregnant. Try to drink at least 8 glasses a day and stay away from things like caffeine and any drinks with artificial colouring. Have a look below at some other things that you need to consider when pregnant:
  • Exercise – is so important to keep healthy and stress free.
  • Vitamins - speak to your doctor, midwife or obstetrician for advice on this.
  • Eat five to six balanced meals a day
  • Consult your doctor – don’t take over-the-counter medication without speaking to your doctor first.

If you follow these tips, you will not go far wrong. Always ask questions if you are unsure, and make sure that you are happy and stress free. Being pregnant for the first time can be scary. But it does not need to be. Talk to other women and ask about their experiences and advice. The most important thing is that, in nine months, you will have the most precious thing in the world to look after and love for the rest of your life.

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