Pregnancy blog, 17/01/2017, by Tommy's midwife Kate
So you've just found out that you are pregnant…congratulations! Cue a whole range of emotions. Facing the list of pregnancy dos and don’ts that fill your Google searches can feel daunting, but don't worry, I'm here to help!
Basic pregnancy guidelines about having a balanced and varied diet, doing regular exercise and ditching the cigarettes and booze, are key to having a healthy pregnancy and shouldn’t be ignored. But there are some helpful tips that are often overlooked in routine pregnancy information.
Here are my top 5 pregnancy tips
1. Instinct; trust it!
From the moment you find out you are pregnant you are a mum, your instinct will kick in so listen up and trust what you feel.
2. Have confidence in yourself - you know best
Stick to what feel right for you, even if it's not the same as what everyone else is doing. Discuss your worries and concerns with your midwife or GP - they are there to support you and help you make the right decisions.
3. There is no such thing as a silly question
It doesn't matter if it's what, who, why, when or where; there's no such thing as a silly question in pregnancy! It's important to keep asking your midwife or GP until you fully understand what is happening and get the answers that you need.
4. Empower yourself, and know your options
There is usually more than one way to go about doing something;discuss your options with your healthcare professionals, and go with what you feel is best for you and your baby.
5. Talk to someone
It's important to talk about how you're feeling to anyone and everyone you feel comfortable with. Pregnancy affects everyone in different ways, it is not always rosy, and you don’t need to put on a brave face.
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