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Looking after yourself during pregnancy

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It might sound obvious, but it’s really important to look after yourself during your pregnancy. The thing is, it can be a bit daunting when you see how much information there is out there on what you should be doing, eating and watching out for. But don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed at first, you’ll soon find your feet.

Your midwife is a great source of reassurance and support at every step of the way - so make sure you go along to your appointments, as keeping in touch will help you build a good relationship with them. We’re also here to help you - with top tips on a range of topics, from exercising while you’re pregnant, to getting the right vitamins.

Top tips from parents

Tip #1: Family nurse

By Erin, Mum of 1

Erin talks about the help and support she received from her family nurse on what foods to avoid during pregnancy.

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Tip #2: Get to know your midwife

Get to know your midwife - having that positive connection can really help your pregnancy get off to a great start. It’s about you and your baby, your midwife is there to make your pregnancy experience the best it can be.

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Tip #3: Ask questions

Tip #3: Ask questions

Tip #3: Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask your midwife questions. There are no silly questions! Your midwife will be happy to give you all the answers you need. She’s there to guide and support you throughout your pregnancy, provide antenatal care for you and your baby. She will talk you through all the options to help you have a positive experience that takes into account what’s best for you and your family. Your midwife is there to set you and your baby up for a healthy, happy start.

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Tip #4: Eat good food and sleep!

"Try to eat healthily and get as much sleep as you need or as much as you can get before the baby comes."

Kellie, Mum of 1

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Tip #5: Be open to change

It’s only natural that how you feel about your pregnancy and the birth of your baby will develop as your baby grows - so try to keep an open mind and chat to your midwife about any changes in how you’re feeling. You’ll feel better after speaking to someone you can trust.

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Tip #6: Pregnancy and parenting classes

Parenting classes can be really useful, whether you’re becoming a new parent or getting ready to juggle two or more wee ones at once. It’s a great way to prepare for what lies ahead (or remind yourself!). And you'll also get the chance to meet other expectant mums and dads and share your stories over a friendly cuppa.

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Tip #7: Time out

Tip #7: Time out

Tip #7: Time out

Pregnancy can take it out of you, so have time for yourself when you can. You’ll be going through a lot of changes physically and mentally – so give yourself a bit of breathing space to adjust, and do something nice for yourself.

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Tip #8: How Dad's can help

When you’re a new parent-to-be, it can be hard to know how to support the baby’s mum. But sometimes the simple things mean the most. Try to be involved as much as you can. And remember that hormonal ups and downs can lead to changes in behaviour - and that’s completely natural during pregnancy.

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What the professionals say

"It's totally fine to exercise while you’re pregnant, as long as you’re aware of your bump and don’t overdo things. Equally, if you feel like taking it easy and enjoying life at a slightly slower pace that's ok too. You know your body best."


"Stopping smoking, and not drinking are some of the best things you can do for you and your baby, and it’s never too late to stop."

More information

For more information on looking after yourself throughout your pregnancy, ask your midwife or visit Ready Steady Baby!

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Last updated: 31 Oct, 2018

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