My pregnancy musts, should and coulds…. with a little help from my friends!

Written by Eleanor Searle January 23, 2018

My pregnancy musts, should and coulds…. with a little help from my friends! There are so many books out there to help you to prepare for birth, motherhood and beyond, I hope that sharing my top tips for the local things that I found helpful during my pregnancy, will be useful to those of you who are pregnant and looking for some guidance. I’ll also share the books that were recommended to me that I absolutely I loved. To write this article, I enlisted the help of my pregnant and new mum friends and have incorporated what they recommended. I was one of the lucky ones and had a trouble free water birth at Broomfield hospital. My baby was delivered by two lovely midwives and I couldn’t have had a better experience. My musts For me the things that helped me to prepare for the birth of my little boy were pregnancy yoga with Vikki at Hummingbird Pilates & Yoga. I attended Vikki’s class from week 13 of my pregnancy (once I’d stopped feeling sick!) and it really helped me to prepare for the birth both physically and mentally and just to chill out and enjoy my pregnancy. The other thing that I loved from the second trimester of my pregnancy was regular pregnancy massage. They helped me to feel relaxed and fab during my pregnancy and soothed away any muscle aches. The books that I read were: How to grow a baby and push it out by Clemmie Hooper, a midwife and mother of 4. Another lady who really knows what she is talking about! In this book she presents a week by week, no nonsense guide to pregnancy and birth helping you to understand what is happening to your body at each stage of pregnancy and giving you ideas about what you should be thinking about. Mindful hypnobithing by Sophie Fletcher- I read this two days before I gave birth and found it much more helpful than I had ever imagined. I used a lot of the techniques from the book and listened to relaxation tracks while giving birth. I found that they helped to keep me calm and focused. One of my other friends raved about The Hypnobirthing Book by Catherine Graves and the guys who did the hypnobirthing course at Broomfield found it incredibly useful. The other book my friends recommended was The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Tuner. They found this book really funny and a no holes bared tale of the truth about motherhood. Our Shoulds I did the NCT antenatal course, under the strict instructions of a couple of my friends at work. The course was too long but was relatively useful. What it has really given me though is a group of friends, who are all in the same position, winging it through pregnancy and the early days of motherhood. We have our own little support group and meet for coffees and catch up with the babies. Our coulds A couple of my NCT gang raved about their baby moon, finding that a little bit of time away with their other half before the birth of their babies was just the best thing ever. The opportunity to feel some sand between your toes and have an uninterrupted meal definitely feels like something that would have been nice to have done! However, our best piece of advice is that everyone and every pregnancy is different so its important to listen to your instincts and find what’s right for you but we hope that you found some of our ideas useful. Useful links: Pregnancy yoga: At yogawith vikki www.yogawithvikki.co.uk Pregnancy massage: Stretch Physio www.stretchphysio.co.uk 01245 505 866 NCT: www.nct.org.uk/courses/antenatal

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