Pregnancy brings a mix of feelings and worry is common especially if this is your first pregnancy or an unplanned one. Think about finding a blog, book or other source that you can use as you go through the stages of pregnancy to help you learn more about the exciting changes that are happening to you and your baby. Mood swings are normal during pregnancy but if you feel nervous or down all the time, there are local service available that offer assistance. Mamma Mia is a FREE online self-help support tool for pregnant women in Coventry and Warwickshire or visit the NCT website.
Whether you have a close support network around you or not, there are plenty of ways you can connect with other pregnant women and new mums such as antenatal classes. To connect with others who have lived experience of emotional difficulties during or immediately after pregnancy, there are local support groups such as By your Side and for women in the Black and Minority Ethnic grouping Coventry you can contact MAMTA whose aim is to improve Child and Maternal Health outcomes for BME communities.
Giving your body the same care as you did during pre-conception will give you and the baby the best chance of a healthy pregnancy and birth. The first and third trimester can be especially tiring so it is important to give yourself time to relax and sleep well to reduce stress. This will not only benefit you and your partner but also your growing baby. Giving yourself time to connect with your unborn baby through talking to your bump does great things for your baby. Studies show that the sound of it is calming, both in the womb and when you finally get to meet them as a newborn.
Being active during your pregnancy and after childbirth can work wonders for your physical and mental health – it’s all about finding what activities work for you and understanding your limits at each stage.. The 'This Mum Moves' website has support for pregnant women and new mums to be active.
Taking notice or being mindful has been proven to have huge benefits to our wellbeing. Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to the present moment and being aware of any thoughts, feelings and sensations. In pregnancy, it can also help you bond and connect with your unborn baby. Taking a moment to appreciate the changes your body is making and the development each week of your baby can be beneficial in preparing your body and mind for the later stages of pregnancy and labour.