If we had it our way, every pregnancy would be spent at relaxation spas in green valleys, with an army of footmen at the disposal of the expectant mother for the merest whim. There would also be temperature controlled rooms, and nothing like work, bills, partners, other kids or preparations for the baby to get in the way.
However, there are very few in this world who are in that happy position, so the rest of us have to do our best to remain stress-free during pregnancy – as stress has negative effects on your baby, and studies suggest that women who experience high levels of psychological stress are significantly more likely to deliver pre-term.
A gentle but strengthening exercise, pregnancy yoga is the perfect way to take control of breath and posture for a few hours a week. It’s a way of meeting other expectant mums, sharing advice and support, and learning about the journey of pregnancy.
A specially-qualified practitioner can give you a de-stressing and relaxing massage that will allow you an hour or so to completely focus on you and forget all your cares
Your feet are suddenly carrying a much bigger burden than they’re used to! Start with a warm foot bath and then rub on some olive oil with a few drops of essential oil (such as lavender). You may have to enlist the help of a friend or partner towards the end of the pregnancy!
A safe way to exercise throughout pregnancy, Pilates targets the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and so it is a highly beneficial in preparation for giving birth, and also in the months after your baby has arrived.
If you are the kind of woman who loves a bit of pampering, don’t give it up throughout your pregnancy. Book in for a facial and enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The most important thing to remember is to take a step back from the stresses of daily life – problems in the office, traffic jams, household concerns are all going to happen, but you can take measures to preventing them getting to you and stressing you out during this important time.