Monday, September 22, 2014

Free Advice

The strange space that is pregnancy advice.

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. 


MonicaT said...

Hi Jessie, Loving your Blog. Considering I have 10 wks to go, it is refreshing to gain a glimpse of what to expect in some ways ;)
Also thank you for the Date link - it made for an interesting read. Surprisingly I have dates at home so think I'm going to make myself some lovely fruit balls/protein balls this weekend and make sure I start incorporating dates in ASAP!
Love the photos of Milla - Looking forward to meeting her at Em's wedding! :) xx Mon

Bonnie Conquest said...

Congrats on your pregnancy! I look forward to meeting your little one next year. Hit me up for any advice, it can be a weird time. We've been making some date slice with almonds and cacao powder/protein powder, so good and so easy (1 cup almonds, 1 cup dates, 1/2 cup powder of choosing, in processor, then press into tray, fridge).

MonicaT said...

Sounds lovely :) Will definitely try that one (lucky I also have all those ingredients!).