maternity planning tips

by Dia Hollenbeck Minkow

From the minute you announce your pregnancy, you’ll be bombarded with advice. But what really works? Here are some of buddha & bodhi’s best tips for mums-to-be.

Vitamins… take a supplement of folic acid daily along with a prenatal vitamin. Folic acid has been shown to reduce the risk of your baby developing a neural tube defect such as spina bifida. You should also take vitamin D daily to help your baby grow strong bones.

Bananas… cure leg cramps with a banana, especially before going to bed! The potassium they contain is thought to help. 

Your teeth & gums… during pregnancy, your gums may become inflamed and bleed more easily, so be extra vigilant with your oral health, brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste and visiting the dentist

Keep a healthy glow… during pregnancy your skin will be drier and possibly more sensitive, so use more oil-based products. They’ll be richer and more nutritious for your skin.

PreNatal Yoga… helps you bond with your baby, teaches you how to rest, relieves anxiety, encourages confidence, opens up hips for childbirth, teaches balance, relieves aches & pains, builds strength
centers and calms your breath

Don’t stress… relax and enjoy the experience. Try not to read too many pregnancy books. Overloading on advice can create confusion and worry, leading to stress.

Heartburn… If you’re suffering from heartburn, eat an apple, keep one by your bed in case you awake with heartburn.

Acupuncture… many pregnancy problems, including sickness, constipation, back pain, insomnia and anxiety, can be successfully treated using acupuncture. Fine needles are inserted into the skin to create a stimulus that encourages the body’s own healing response. It’s safe, reliable and relatively painless. Even if you’re skeptical about alternative therapies, there’s lots of clinical evidence that it works. However, always consult a qualified practitioner experienced in treating mums-to-be

Bump band… invest in a bump band – a stretchy band that allows you to wear your “usual” clothes for a lot longer. It disguises unbuttoned trousers, extends the life of non-maternity tops and also gives you a bit of support. 

Unwind & nest… finish work a few weeks before your baby is due, so you have time to relax before the birth, to have some time to yourself and get ready for the baby’s arrival. 

Bounce on a ball… a birthing ball provides soft, but firm, support that helps your baby engage in a good position. It’s comfy to sit on, relieves pressure on your joints, improves your posture and even helps tone your muscles.