10 simple ways to boost your pregnancy wellbeing

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Here are some quick and easy ways to enhance your pregnancy wellbeing. These things can be very much overlooked but focusing on your basic needs can go a long way to boost both your physical and emotional health.

Simple steps for your pregnancy wellbeing…

1. Fresh Air

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Getting out for a walk is simple and easy way to boost your mood, your energy and your fitness.

2. Water

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day not only stops you from becoming dehydrated but it can also boost your energy and ease any headaches.

3. Eat

Eat well and often – this might vary from day to day but healthy meals and regular snacks will give you a boost.

4. Use your breathing

Pregnancy is a great time to focus on using your breathing – it is useful for easing any stress, anxiety or panic, you can benefit from being able to relax and it gives you effective skills for birth and when your baby is here.

5. Rest

Sleep can be affected during pregnancy as you might struggle to get comfortable. The key to sleep can be about pillows, fresh air and expecting to be up in the night during your third trimester, when a chance to nap can be crucial.

Rest when you need to and when you can – it’s not always easy with work and if you have other children but naps, early nights and curling up and switching off can make a huge difference.

6. Talk

A boost to your wellbeing can also be about talking through any worries or anxieties or about making plans for your pregnancy care, your birth and life with your new baby.

7. Wallow

Use the bath or shower to help you relax and to ease any aches.

8. Ask questions

And ask your questions – it helps to write them down before you see your midwife or doctor or before your antenatal classes or sessions with a practitioner.

9. Use your ball

Using a ball can really boost your comfort as your body changes and aches and pains can develop. It can ease any discomfort in your hips, pelvis and shoulders, as well as headaches. It’s also great preparation for labour and birth.

10. Music

Listening to music or podcasts can boost your mood, your relaxation, your sleep and your energy.

There isn’t a prescriptive list of what you should do to boost your pregnancy wellbeing but even just focusing on the basics and on what you need that day can have a beneficial impact.

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