Pregnancy news, published 01/01/17; updated 03/01/18
Social media is flooded with stories of mums-to-be who have been criticised for sharing pictures of their baby bumps. ‘Too big’ or ‘too small’ women of all shapes, sizes and different stages of pregnancy have been unfairly body-shamed.
Our midwife Kate explains why women shouldn't worry:
‘In the same way that every woman’s body is different, every baby bump is different. Women experience a variety of changes to their body throughout pregnancy, and these can prove challenging to cope with for many. The size of a pregnancy bump does not indicate the health and well being of the baby and if there is a concern about the size of the baby then this can be very difficult for women to cope with without the added pressure of what a ‘normal’ bump should look like.'
Sharing baby bump selfies can be a fun way to celebrate the different stages of pregnancy. We at Tommy's believe women should be able to do this without being shamed or judged.
A recent study suggests that women today are more likely to become anxious or depressed in pregnancy than their mums or grandmothers were.
The latest NHS Digital statistics on smoking show that in 2017-18 10.8% of pregnant women were known to be smokers at the time of delivery.
Although it’s normal to have periods of worry and stress when you’re pregnant, some women have feelings that don’t go away and this can be a sign of something more serious.
People may tell you that pregnancy is a good time to put your feet up. If your pregnancy is uncomplicated it is actually much healthier for you and your baby to exercise while pregnant.
Although you will be putting on weight in pregnancy as your baby grows, limiting the amount of extra weight gain in pregnancy will improve your health and your baby's, both now and in the future.