- Taking care of yourself during pregnancy
- Future mother, listen to yourself!
- Anticipate childbirth and the arrival of your baby
Taking care of yourself during pregnancy
When you are expecting a baby, your body is subject to unprecedented changes. Hormones are running at full speed, your silhouette is changing rapidly, to the rhythm of your rounding belly and your weight gain, and even if you are told that your new shape looks great on you, you are not not necessarily always comfortable with this slightly bulky round belly !
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Take the time to pamper and take ownership of this body that carries life and to protect your skin from any marks that could occur such as pregnancy stretch marks , by applying a dedicated treatment such as Le Lait Fondant or L'Huile Sensorielle twice a day. Enough to kill two birds with one stone: you hydrate, nourish and soften your skin, and you enjoy a moment of relaxation and cocooning – for which you can also ask the future dad. Letting him apply the treatment on your stomach allows you to relax while he enjoys a moment of exchange with baby. To be comfortable every day and feel beautiful, invest in some maternity clothes : pants with headbands, t-shirts for mother-to-be, lingerie suitable for pregnancy and breastfeeding... It is important to feel good in your skin over the months.
Pregnant, you will probably encounter some minor pregnancy ailments (which we would gladly do without, we grant you!): nausea of the first trimester, heavy legs, uneven sleep, water retention , constipation or acid reflux are not always a pleasure, but you will have to deal with it!
If your pregnancy is progressing without difficulties, and your doctor or midwife gives you the approval, maintain gentle physical activity one to three times a week. Which sport to choose while expecting a baby? Walking, swimming, yoga, prenatal fitness are all disciplines that are beneficial for your health and your mind. They will allow you to limit weight gain, activate blood circulation, a little lazy during pregnancy, work your muscles and clear your head. Goodbye stress!
We have certainly already said it 1000 times, but a reminder never hurts: when pregnant, make sure you drink enough water (2 L per day minimum) and eat a balanced diet, rich in vitamins. The result is easier digestion, better sleep and great energy to face the three trimesters of pregnancy!
Future mother, listen to yourself!
Pregnant women and their babies are often the center of attention, which can be nice… but not too much. You may feel a certain amount of pressure from those around you, and advice that is not always appropriate: some will give you their opinion (not necessarily solicited) on the baby's first name, your diet, your birth plan, the fact of breastfeed or not… One word of advice: listen to yourself! Make your choices in agreement with the dad, you will instinctively know what suits you best, and what will allow you to experience a peaceful pregnancy and parenthood. Surround yourself with caring people who will support you and support you in all your decisions.
Anticipate childbirth and the arrival of your baby
Nothing is worse than arriving a few weeks before the term and still having nothing prepared for the arrival of the baby... who could, who knows, show up sooner than expected. To avoid an increase in stress with each slightly marked contraction, think about an-ti-ci-per to stay calm whatever happens.
From the second trimester, start preparing baby's little things : his clothes, his room, childcare equipment... this will also allow you to spread out expenses, which can sometimes be substantial. Also remember, around the 7th month of pregnancy, to pack your maternity suitcase and your bag for the birthing room: and yes, suddenly everything becomes concrete!
In the third trimester, do not neglect childbirth preparation courses : the theoretical courses will best prepare you for birth, the first days with baby, and the postpartum period. Practical classes (swimming pool, sophrology, relaxation, etc.) will help you feel better, relieve certain pain (such as back pain) and better manage stress . You will also work on your breathing, which can only be useful on the big day!
It’s also a good time to start thinking about what happens after maternity leave. If you wish to return to work after giving birth, then it is time to look for childcare and submit your files to a crèche. If you are considering taking parental leave or returning part-time, you will need to take some steps with the CAF and your employer.
In any case, do not hesitate to contact your CAF to simulate the aid to which you will be entitled and ensure that you make your requests and declarations on time.
We wish you a wonderful pregnancy and a wonderful meeting with your little one!