4. Make The Most Of Your Curves

Okay, so some days you might feel the size of the house, but look at it this way – this might just be the only time in your life when you don’t feel the need to hold in your stomach! So embrace your bump, celebrate your curves, and show off that cleavage! Surely it’s better to spend nine months feeling proud of your blossoming shape than trying to hide it?

5. Put Your Feet Up

Having swollen ankles and feet can be one of the most uncomfortable aspects of your pregnancy. Putting your feet up above heart level as often as you can will help to reduce swelling (we’re thinking more relaxing with your feet propped on a couple of pillows rather than standing on your head!) A cooling spray can also help – our Revitalising Leg and Foot Spray comes in a handy 100ml bottle so can be used on a flight or popped in your bag for use throughout the day.

6. Hit The Snooze Button

Not as easy as it sounds if you already have children, but try to get as much rest as you can. If you’re finding it hard to get comfy in bed, popping one pillow under your bump and another between your legs can make sleeping on your side a little more comfortable. It’s best to avoid large meals or spicy food late at night, although a high-protein snack such as scrambled eggs can help to keep your blood sugar levels up whilst you snooze. And if an active mind is keeping you awake, deep breathing, visualization techniques or relaxation podcasts can all help send you off the to the land of nod. We would recommend our Sleep and Baby Sleep ranges to establish a good bedtime routine for both you and your children.

7. Keep Yourself Fit

Whether you exercised regularly or not at all before you got pregnant, keeping yourself fit and healthy when you’re expecting is a sure-fire way to feel beautiful throughout your pregnancy. From pilates, yoga or aqua-aerobics to regular walks round your local park, it’s recommended that you get around 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days. Sounds odd, but you’ll actually have more energy, plus the endorphins you’ll release will do their bit to help you look and feel fabulous.

8. Wet Your Whistle

You don’t need to drink more water than usual when you’re pregnant, just make sure that you get the recommended daily amount. As you’re drinking for two, those eight glasses a day are even more important. Not only does it help your blood cells absorb all the nutrients you’re consuming so you can pass them on to your precious cargo, it’ll also combat dry, itchy skin by hydrating it from the inside. Plus drinking plenty of liquids will keep water retention under control and stop you becoming too puffy and swollen.

9. Spoil Yourself

We’re big fans of spoiling yourself during pregnancy. A simple manicure or pedicure can give you a real confidence boost, especially as pregnancy hormones can make your nails grow faster and become more brittle. Or try a facial to enhance that famous pregnancy glow, caused by an increase in blood volume in the third trimester. Just make sure that any beauty professional you go to knows you’re expecting. We have some amazing gift sets to help you spoil yourself with Valentines and Mother’s Day coming up, such as our Mother to Be Gift Set with three full size products and our Pregnancy Heroes Gift Set with three travel size products.

10. Update Your Wardrobe

It’s tempting to try and squeeze into your old clothes for as long as possible – it can seem an unnecessary expense to splash out on maternity outfits when you only need them for such a short time, but we really recommend buying a few pieces which are designed around your growing bump. Having a pair of well-fitting maternity jeans or a bump embracing dress that makes the most of your shape will give your confidence a boost and help you really enjoy this wonderful time in your life.

Author, Elena Rann, Bloom and Blossom

Editor, Helen McClorry, Babies on board Magazine.

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