It’s a major worry for most pregnant women. Is my baby ok now? and will my baby be ok when they are born? Apart from eating healthily, exercising and not drinking or smoking etc there isn’t much you can do to control if your baby is ok or not. However there are 3 things you can do for yourself which in turn will help your baby:
1. Trust your gut - look after yourself with general exercise, pelvic floor strengthening and healthy eating but most of all trust your instincts.
If you’re feeling something different, or unusual and you don’t know what it is especially if it’s your first baby then call your midwife or doctor. Regardless of what attitude comes back to you, it’s your body and you know it best, do what you need to do.
2. Change your attitude and perspective. Visualise the way you want your pregnancy and labour to be and avoid negativity. Especially guilt, so you may have had a couple of glasses of wine when you didn’t know you were pregnant. Guilt can eat away at you, let it go. Instead visualise the moment when you see your baby for the first time and all the love you will feel.
3. Relaxation and time out. There is a reason everyone says rest and relax. I know it’s a lot easier said than done but your time will never be your own again! Take time out to wind down, meditate, relax so that you feel calm and practice your deep breathing. Without that excess worry you will be able to actually listen and feel your body so you will know if something out of the ordinary is happening. You being calm is also great for your baby, the less cortisol (stress hormone) around your baby the better.
I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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