Growing a baby? Yep, you'll need our top tips on how to do it in style
Temptation – don’t be tempted to buy every gadget under the sun, choose them wisely. Do your research, think about what you really need. All a baby really needs is to be fed and kept warm – everything else will fall into place. Bear in mind that babies survived without constant technological surveillance – parents used their instinct so try to develop your instinct – it will serve you well. On the other hand, do treat yourself every so often. When your pregnancy wardrobe becomes boring, invest in a statement piece of jewellery or some big earrings. Buy that book you’ve been dying to read, but haven’t found the time – as your bump makes you less mobile, the sofa will be very appealing.
Relaxation – Making a baby is a very tiring process, particularly in the first trimester. So try to make time for a nap each day – your body will be grateful. As your body changes you will be beautiful in a unique way so look after yourself: treat yourself to delicious lotions and potions. As you become less mobile, book a spa day, have a pregnancy massage, a mani-pedi (particularly when you can’t even see your toes, let alone paint your toenails!) As your bump becomes uncomfortable, encourage your partner to massage you and find some essential oils that ease the tension not only in your body but your mind too. Make the most of this shared time before 2 becomes 3.
Escape – Get out! Make the most of weekend walks with your partner and try to have 20 minutes’ fresh air every day. This will help you sleep better, it is good for the growth of your baby and it will set a good precedent for walks with your baby after the birth. Find ante-natal classes near you; you will need to be a little more gentle on your body as it creates the miracle inside you, but you also want to be as healthy as possible when you have your baby. You will meet other mothers-to-be and begin to create a new circle of friends.
Ante-Natal courses – which course to choose can be a minefield; bear in mind that you are legally entitled to time off to attend more than one. You may not want to do the traditional 6-8 weeks, so consider booking into a luxury hotel for a long weekend where the course happens against the backdrop of delicious food, pampering spa treatments and healthy walks by the beach.
Tipple – Pregnancy is often about what you can’t eat – no alcohol, no caffeine, no soft cheese. It can seem as if you’re about to embark on a very boring regime, so you need to focus on the high points. Did you look forward to a G&T every evening? There is now a massive range of delicious tonics with subtle flavours on the supermarket shelves. Similarly with caffeine, look at the delicious range of teas available and find your favourite. Keep raspberry tea until the end of your pregnancy as it will help with labour and childbirth.