1. Book an appointment with your GP.

Your GP can confirm your pregnancy, give you all the information you will need regarding midwife appointments and be on hand to answer any medical questions you want to ask.

2. Check your medicines

If you have been taking any medication it’s best to speak to your GP to confirm whether it is safe to carry on taking it through your pregnancy.

3. Quit smoking

Apart from the obvious damage to your health, smoking whilst pregnant can increase your risk of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. The smoke you inhale can affect how your unborn baby grows and can result in a low birth weight.

4. Cut out alcohol

There is still no research that says exactly what amount of alcohol is deemed safe during pregnancy so it is best to stick to as little as possible, if any at all.

5. Find an antenatal group

It can be comforting to have the emotional support of others going through the same thing as you, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Some of people you meet at these groups can become life long friends and your children will be of similar ages which is an added bonus! An excellent way to stay informed and meet other mums-to-be, the monthly Bumps & Burpees coffee mornings at Lomax Chelsea welcome a host of pre and post natal specialists to speak on a variety of health and wellbeing topics throughout your pregnancy.

6. Find ways to combat morning sickness

During your first trimester, you may experience feelings of nausea and this can come at any time of day, despite the name. Your sickness should subside from around 12-14 weeks. To ease the nausea/sickness, try to eat little and often. Everyone is different so try to work out what foods you can stomach and stock up on these. Ginger is a popular choice.

7. Rest

You will be surprised how quickly you become tired in the first trimester. This is because your body is getting used to the changing hormone levels. Don’t try and cram too much into each day and rest as much as possible.

8. Exercise

Taking part in regular exercise can actually help your body to cope with the changes your body is going through. It will keep you strong, prevent back pain and keep weight gain to a healthy amount. Highly qualified and experienced in pre and post natal fitness, Charlie Launder is a Lomax Personal Trainer specialising in designing bespoke fitness programs for new mums and mums-to-be. With a focus on training safely and effectively, Lomax Chelsea provides a welcoming, child-friendly space to train with Charlie in the privacy of your own fitness pod. Call 08715 120 770 or email thelomaxway@lomaxpt.com to book a free introductory session with Charlie at Lomax Chelsea.

9. Buy a maternity bra

One of the first signs of pregnancy can be that your breasts will grow quite rapidly and become very tender. You may outgrow your normal bra by 8-10 weeks so it is useful to have a bigger, more supportive one at the ready for when this happens.

10. Enjoy it

There are so many do’s and don’ts when it comes to pregnancy but do not be afraid to enjoy it. This is a very special time for you and your partner, and you should cherish every moment as much as you can as 9 months will fly by.

Charlie Launder is a Lomax Personal Trainer specialising in designing bespoke fitness programs for new mums and mums-to-be. With a focus on training safely and effectively, Lomax Chelsea provides a welcoming, child-friendly space to train with Charlie in the privacy of your own fitness pod. Call 08715 120 770 or email thelomaxway@lomaxpt.com to book a free introductory session with Charlie at Lomax Chelsea.

 

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