There is so much advice out there when it comes to pregnancy and babies that I found it extremely overwhelming going into my first pregnancy! The best advice I received though was to nurture my self and embrace the season!
- I take a good quality probiotics every day. Studies show that our babies gut health can depend on the health of our own, so making sure my gut is healthy was important for me. Not only is it good for baby, but good gut health boosts our own immune system, and means we actually are able to digest and absorb all the required nutrients from the food we eat.
- A good quality pregnancy/breastfeeding multivitamin. I started taking mine a few months before I fell pregnant and have stayed on them during breastfeeding my first child, and in the lead up to my second pregnancy. They are designed to boost many required levels of vitamins that our babies need to grow healthily, and also contribute to our own energy and immune support.
- Fish oil capsules, this is important as Omega 3 fatty acids are very important for babies brain development and during pregnancy/breastfeeding our bodies have a heavier requirement for this, thus using up our stores much quicker.
- Stay active! This can be hard, especially in the first trimester, I usually get fairly sick so doing anything other than curling up in a ball can be challenging, but like most times, I found if I got out and walked (if that's all I could manage) or did a gentler form of exercise like pilates, then I felt so much better! Exercise always improves my head space and emotions so I found staying active helped to keep me balanced and level headed, plus it helps me to sleep better at night too. Once my nausea starts to subside I like to get back into my cardio and strength training so I can stay as strong as possible, I see it as 'labour training' I'm getting ready to give birth with a strong body, and assist in my birth recovery by having a strong and healthy body to start with.
- Add some form of powdered greens to smoothies, this helps energy plus boosts iron/and covers days when you don't eat veggies!
- Eat protein at every meal, eggs for breakie and cooked meat with salads, add avocado to everything as it's a good fat and will help keep you full/stabilise your blood sugar levels in between meals. Protein is good especially at dinner as studies show it eases morning sickness in the morning.
- Try and eat colourful food and if you can't stomach salads, make veggie juices so you're still getting their nutrients.
- Carry snacks with you always to help get rid of morning sickness and emotional swings, I had Carmen's muesli bars and Premium original crackers and bananas on tap for months.I keep the crackers on my bedside table and eat even in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning if I feel sick. It just takes the edge off the nausea.
- If you feel cranky drink water it actually helps!
- Be ok to have naps if you need them, and if you can't sleep just be ok to lie down your body will be working over time especially in the first trimester to grow baby so any rest it can get it will thank you for!
- Be gentle on yourself and what you expect to achieve at this time, take time to do things that will nurture your body, soul and spirit and make the most of this season, it will soon pass!
Essential Oils I use in pregnancy:
- Balance Blend (manages mood swings, feelings of being overwhelmed, body odour, stress etc and can promote better sleep at night) I put it on about 6 times a day and wear it as perfume.
- Lemon oil in my water every morning.
- Frankincense/Lavender for unwinding at the end of the day and if I can't sleep during the night.
- On Guard Protective Blend every night to keep my immune system strong.
- Myrrh/Lavender for stretch marks and growing tummy.
- Peppermint behind ears for morning sickness.
- I use coconut oil EVERYWHERE but especially on the bits that grow during pregnancy!
- Dry brush for body helps with circulation before shower which is good in that it can assist in lowering swelling and fluid build up.
- For pimples, I use Tea Tree oil to kill the bacteria then Myrrh to fast track the healing of the wound/scar.
- I try and drink lots of water by leaving glass bottles of water everywhere if they're too heavy to carry, one in the car, at my desk, in my kitchen so there is always some close by
- ASOS leggings, both leather look & regular fabric style, they are the best priced. Most places I've seen maternity leggings have been more than what I have wanted to pay for them.
- Kmart tshirts & tank tops in black and white, these are brilliant and affordable basics to wear with jeans, shorts, skirts or under shirt dresses.
- Kookai skirts & dresses, they are super stretchy with nice thick fabric and I wore mine both during and after pregnancy.
- Metallicus for lots of things! Cardis, long sleeve tops, lounge pants and dresses.
- Mavi maternity jeans from David Jones I bought one black one blue and wore them every day!
- Feeding bras from Berle, simple, & super comfy! Again, wore them every day for a long time!
- Activewear from Lululemon, because I work out a lot, and walk/play in the park and beach regularly I have lived in my sports leggings. I have two exercise tops, a pair of shorts and two sets of leggings, one full length and one knee length to cover most activities. They are not specifically 'maternity' but just the styles that I've found to have the most stretch, support and comfiest waist bands! The leggings from Lululemon that I live in are the seam free 'Align II' leggings. I could actually sleep in these!
- Some form of 'belly bandit' type thing that you wear after having baby to support and assist in flattening your tummy. I got a bandage type thing from the physio at the hospital and wore that around my waist for 2 weeks after and it was amazing! Light weight, couldn't tell I was wearing it under tight clothes and I felt like it gave me extra support to my back after delivering a baby!!
- Preparation for Parenting. This is a good routine based book that covers everything you need to know about new born babies and a busy lifestyle! For a full review on this book series click HERE.
- Birth Skills. A brilliant book about labour and delivery by an Australian physio mid wife-it's not scary and gives super practical advice, it actually took nearly all my fear of giving birth away!Some good advice I receive in my first pregnancy was to steer clear of reading too much on birthing as it can get your mind into a really bad space and the best thing you can do is know what to expect from your body and then go with an open mind, let your body do what it is designed to do and welcome the experience as your own unique story! To read the full review on this book click HERE.
- Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Birth. I took so many notes from this book as I borrowed it from Mel (Essential Mumma), you can read a full review on this book HERE but basically it went through essential oil use in every trimester of pregnancy, labour and delivery, birth recovery and newborn wellbeing.