Pregnancy – it’s not nine months of no’s

So, you can’t drink anymore, but there’s still a ton of stuff you can do! Here are five of them:

1 Do exercise
Staying active will work in your favour. Exercise has been shown to relieve the symptoms of pregnancy discomforts like, back pain, swelling, bloating, fatigue and constipation. Choose low-impact exercises that are safe for you and your baby. Try brisk walking, yoga, indoor cycling, swimming or an aerobics class. Exercise minimise the aches and pains that come with pregnancy. They promote flexibility, boost your mood and may speed up your postpartum recovery process. Breathing exercises help your baby get oxygen too. Just get the go-ahead from your doctor first!

2. Have sex
Sexual desire may increase or decrease during pregnancy. According to studies, sex will not harm your baby. Your little one is safely protected by the strong muscles and fluid in and around your uterus. Depending on your comfort, most positions are fine. Oral sex is safe too during your pregnancy. Be sure to use a condom if you’re not in a monogamous relationship. Having an orgasm increases your contractions, which helps to strengthen your pelvic floor. This makes it easier for delivery and post labour. It boosts immunity and improves blood circulation, which both play a big part in restoring the body’s function. The release of hormones and oxygen is good for the baby.

3. Enjoy your morning coffee
Yes! You can still enjoy your favourite morning pick-me-up – and gosh – you sure need it while your body works at creating another life-form!  In fact, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists made it official: moderate amounts of caffeine should be safe. How much? Less than 200 mg per day. Remember: a brewed cup of coffee is about 137mg of caffeine, and tea is about 48 mg. So a cup or two in the morning will do just fine (and, with a ‘Ouma’-rusk, it may well pull you through those throngs of nausea).

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4 Visit the spa
Always be safe and tell your masseuse that you’re expecting. The best time to go to a spa would be during your second trimester. A massage is a fantastic way to relieve aches and tension in the back, neck, shoulders, hips, legs and feet. Be mindful of your skin sensitivity at this point, as some treatments may not be suitable for you and the baby. A spa day can increase your blood circulation, the placenta and the baby. It can reduce anxiety and stress. It promotes rest and relaxation and support a healthy functioning state.

5 Drive where you need to
Doctors would advise to minimise this if possible. As your belly grows bigger, it will make driving unconformable. Check with your doctor before any trip, especially if you’re travelling long-distance. Be sure to always wear your seatbelt. Position yourself correctly and take regular breaks. Carry your essential snacks and water for your trip as your blood sugar levels may drop.

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