Now that I've had Milla I feel full of good advice about pregnancy and childbirth that needs to be shared.
I also love Milla so much that I think everyone should have a baby and experience this joy.
Unfortunately that's all a bit ridiculous and inappropriate.
But along my pregnancy journey I felt like there was a lot of secret women's business. And a great deal of confusing garbage and guilt.
Without further ado, some general tips for pregnancy, and birth.
- Eat dates
- Elevate your legs
- Do yoga
- Go to all the classes
- Get the hospital tour
- Write a birth plan, with your partner. Start it as soon as you realise you have an opinion about some aspect of birthing
- Stock up on iron as your big day approaches
- Walk walk walk (and elevate legs after)
- Have a list handy of the cheeses to avoid
- Buy a bolster or pregnancy pillow
- Don't keep wearing your good clothes unless you're happy for them to be stretched
- Moisturise your tummy morning and evening, use different creams/oils
- Have a nighty to dress the baby in at the hospital
- Learn how to switch your pelvic floor on and off
- Sleep on your left
- Go to the pool
- Take snacks with you everywhere
- Evening primrose in your last weeks
- Plan to have toilet breaks, particularly important working in your last trimester
- Get really good at resting
- Most importantly, guard against stress. Do everything you can to eliminate stress. Don't feel you need to make all the decisions about pregnancy and birth and parenting RIGHT NOW.