By Katie Hilton – MAM Expert Midwife & Health Visitor
Katie Hilton is a dual qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor and the expert adviser for MAM UK. She is also a mu’ma herself to one cheeky little man.
Pregnancy during Lock-down
It’s only natural at the moment to feel stressed and worried about what the next few months will hold, and even more so if your pregnant. To help you get through this period here are some ideas for how you can relax and look after your emotional well-being. Your mental well-being during pregnancy is just as important as your physical health, so try to take care of your mind as well as your body.
Here are my top 10 tips to help you stay relaxed
1. Allocate time for yourself each day
Do something that your enjoy each day, that could be taking a warm bath, listening to some music, gently massaging your bump, meditation, what it is that makes you feel peaceful.
2. Talk to others
Speaking to someone you trust and getting the things off your chest that are worrying you can make a huge difference. Talk about how you’re feeling to either a friend, family member or neighbour.
3. Keep active
Exercise releases endorphins, which are vital in helping you feeling brighter. Pop onto YouTube and see if you can find specific pregnancy exercise classes online or take a short walk ensuing you don’t come into contact with others. Just try to make being active a part of your daily schedule.
4. Plenty of rest
If you’re exhausted it’s hard to feel calm or cheerful. Be sure to go to bed at a realistic time each night and if you feel the need for a mid-afternoon nap then take it!
5. Ask for help
Pull in the help of others where you can, ask them to cook you meals or help with shopping. Family and friends are there to support you, so don’t feel anxious about asking for their help.
6. Be realistic
We’re all guilty of trying to carry on as normal, trying to do everything and continue as before pregnancy. Saying no to people can be difficult, but you need to prioritize yourself. The people around you will understand, don’t worry!
7. Eat nutritious meals
Enjoy a balanced, nutritious diet with lots of variety. Keeping healthy and eating well will help you to stay well and your baby to grow and develop well.
8. Stay informed
If you’re worried about something contact your Midwife and talk through your worries, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Follow me: Katie Hilton MAM Midwife on Facebook, you can contact me at any time with your questions.
9. Speak to other pregnant women
Sharing your feelings with other pregnant women going through the same experience as you can help you to feel less isolated. Search for local and national groups on Facebook and join these.
10. Focus on the positive
Make plans for the future, think about all the lovely things you’ll be doing with your baby and family and make plans for 12 months time.