Pregnancy isn’t a walk in the park and some days are definitely harder than others. As well as growing a small human for 9 months we’re also faced with morning sickness, unlimited trips to the bathroom, heartburn and never ending comments from outsiders about our changing bodies.
Which is why I thought this post may be helpful for those looking for some tips as to “how to survive” the little battles we go through in pregnancy.
Sometimes when you’re in the early stages of pregnancy you’re often feeling too sick/tired to even think about eating every single superfood to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients inside of you. Taking a multivitamin daily will help make sure you and your baby are getting all the goodness you need. Pregnacare has the highest iron content but any multivitamin tailored for pregnancy will do. You can also see your doctor/midwife for help with multivitmins.
Water is by far the easiest way to stay hydrated particularly if you’re suffering badly with morning sickness. Aim to drink 2 litres of water a day to make sure you don’t leave yourself feeling any worse than what you already do.
I struggled to find something to eat during the first few months that didn’t make me want to cuddle the toilet and throw up all day. Making a smoothie was a quick way to make sure I had some form of food in my system as well as some goodness. My favourite smoothies consisted of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and pineapple topped up with plenty of ice and coconut water.
Growing a small human takes a lot of energy so as well as rest, fresh air and exercise will help in keeping you a bit more refreshed and awake; make sure you have a bottle of water to hand especially in the summer months.
Easier said than done especially if you work, have other children or both. I found a little nap in the afternoon kept me going until bedtime. If you can get an early night then that’s even better! Thanks to Ryan helping me out I got 14 hours sleep a few times.
Indigestion and acid reflux has been a bit of a nightmare for me, particularly when I’m at work in the evenings. These little sachets were £5.00 for a box of 12 from my local Tesco, you can get them on prescription if you live in the UK. The sachet makes it easier to pop in your handbag if you’re out and about compared to carrying around a huge bottle of it.
Do not be afraid to ask for help
I’m terrible when it comes to this, I have a bad habit of not asking for help because I feel too proud or don’t want to be a burden on anyone. But let’s face it, when we’re pregnant we’re not superheroes. Ask your partner or family member to help with the housework or cook food. Ask someone (family or close friends) to watch your child so you can have a nap, quiet time or a hormonal meltdown. Do not be afraid ladies!!!
What are your pregnancy survival tips? Leave a comment below.