- Talk about any feelings you are having about your pregnancy. It is normal to have some worries and fears.
- Do light exercise and not overwork yourself. You should be able to talk comfortably when you are carrying out any day to day activity (Talk test). If not, check with your doctor.
- Practise ‘beditation’ – a combination of meditation and stretch exercises when you get into bed. It will help you fall asleep.
- Try keeping a pillow between your knees when you sleep. That can help with pain.
- Avoid lifting heavy loads. Ask others to help you. If you absolutely have to, assume a wide stance, bend at the knees and not at the waist and slowly lift with your arms and legs and not waist.
Ask your doctor
Questions you may have
“It is not unusual to have some worries and fears. Don’t put too much expectation on yourself. Be realistic about what you can do. Relax when you need to. Spend time with others who make you feel relaxed and good about yourself. 1 in 10 pregnant women experience some form of depression. Talk to other expectant mothers. If you are feeling constantly bad or your mood is coming in the way of your day to day functioning talk to your GP.”
“I cried at the silliest of things! I went to the shops, saw baby clothes and started crying! It is common to have mood swings and get emotional. It’s those pregnancy hormones!”