Congratulations on this new phase of life. There is so much information available regarding a healthy pregnancy, so we've collated some unique, fun (and practical!) tips to help....
Boost the Greens: A healthy balanced diet is essential during every phase of pregnancy. Yes, it's ok to have the occasional donut, but ensure your daily intake of fibre, fruits, vegetables, folate and protein is high. Ask your partner to join you on your new healthy habit changes and discover a new recipe each week. Check out the Pregnancy Cooking Guide at taste.com.au
Keep Moving: Gentle exercise should continue throughout your pregnancy - like walking, swimming, yoga - as it has benefits for your body and your mind. Remember to stay hydrated at all times. Pelvic floor and kegal exercises should also be a focus.
Snooze Time - You will likely require more sleep during your pregnancy. If you already have children, getting this rest can be difficult. Even if it's putting your feet up, and laying still and quiet for 10 minutes in the middle of the day at work or home, this short rest can have huge health benefits.
A Body Pillow can also provide extra support. At night, a Cool Mist Vaporiser with "Pregnancy Calm" essential oil, can calm and relax you into a deep sleep, as well as purify and hydrate the air. You will be able to diffuse plain tap water for the 1st 3 months of bub's life, to assist breathing and sleep too.
Toxin-Free: Best to avoid chemicals, cleaning products and pollutants that could possibly harm your baby. You can find these at work, in your home, and just about anywhere, so be environmentally sensitive. Keep some organic hand sanitiser in your bag, and use regularly to avoid the spread of germs. The use of pregnancy-safe essentials oils to clean and freshen hard surfaces and purify the air when diffused as a mist can be a safe and organic alternative.
Reflect: Start a journal, Insta page or pregnancy blog. Documenting your transformation is good for the mind, body and soul and you can connect with other Mummas to be who are experiencing the same physical and emotional journeys.
Sunshine: Pregnancy makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight and more prone to sunburn and sun spots, so apply a natural sunscreen, no matter the season. Aussie brand Go-To Skincare has released their new chemical free Zincredible, the perfect way for Mums to be to protect their skin.
Treat Your Feet: As your body and weight changes and balance becomes more difficult, there is more pressure on your feet. Frankie4 is an Australian shoe brand - specialising in stylish yet comfortable footwear. A nightly Footspa with soaking salts. can also give your feet some relief.
Safety First: Consider enrolling in 2 unique online trainings: Childbirth Education and Baby First Aid Courses, through trusted Australian company Birth Beat, the brainchild of midwife Edwina.The convenient and comprehensive delivery of information will be helpful to you and your partner.
Information Overload: There's never been more books, blogs and websites regarding pregnancy, birth and parenting. Find 2 or 3 trusted friends who view the world in similar way to you, and a number of online sources, to guide you through important decisions in the coming months.
Start to think about the style of parenting and sleep approach that might suit your personality. Sleep routines is one of the most important aspects of having a baby. A well rested baby is a happier, smarter baby, so start learning how much sleep your baby will need, and some of the best ways to create a positive sleepy environment for your bub. Grab our free sleep guide here, with 6 easy steps.
Cheryl, the Sleep Coach, is one of Australia's most trusted sleep coaches, with information and guidance available via her website. Katie from The Baby Sleep Project can help you feel prepared for bub's arrival, with gentle guidance and tips.
An Attitude of Gratitude: Pregnancy is a rollercoaster of emotion. When we're happy and thankful for what we have we lead less stressed and more optimistic lives. Take a moment each day to reflect on the good things, whether that's a supportive hubby or your new body pillow.
After bub is born, come and see us for the best gadgets for good health and good sleep - things that will make your life easier. It's hard to imagine you could get excited by a battery powered snot sucker, but this time next year, it might be your best friend!!
Take care, Mumma
Laura and the team xx
Disclaimer: This advice is general only. Snotty Noses Australia does not accept liability for the use of this information. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons accessing it take responsibility for assessing its relevancy and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health care needs with their medical professional and seek advice for any concerns or changes.