As the effects of Coronavirus take hold across the world, it’s easy to see why so many of us are anxious, particularly those who are pregnant. With government advice (at the time of writing) being that pregnant women should avoid as much contact with others as possible, many of those expecting are choosing to self-isolate at home. During this worrying and confusing time, we’re here to offer our advice (albeit from afar!) and have rounded up our tips on how to look after your wellbeing during pregnancy if you are stuck indoors.
Whether you’ve kept up visits to the gym during your pregnancy or you’re a complete fitness-phobe, it’s a good idea to keep active with some light pregnancy-friendly exercise – even if it’s just a few walking laps of your garden! Whatever level of exercise you choose to do, make sure you’re comfy and supported with our maternity activewear.
We don’t need to tell you how impossible it can be to find a comfortable sleeping position or getting a full night’s sleep uninterrupted by trips to the loo. If you can, try and take naps during the day to help you feel a bit more refreshed – grab a pregnancy pillow, don a sleeping mask and put your feet up. If you need more help to doze off, try listening to a bedtime story for grown-ups – we love the Nothing Much Happens podcast. We challenge you not to fall asleep within minutes.
Eat the rainbow
When you’ve finally passed the beige-food stage, you’ll probably be desperately seeking nutrient-rich fruit and veg. Aim to eat a variety of colours to ensure you’re getting a good range of vitamins and try to fit them into each meal. That doesn’t mean you have to eat a bowl of salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Try blending up an oat and berry smoothie for breakfast and sneak in a handful of spinach into the mix (you won’t taste it) or adding extra courgettes, carrots and mushrooms into a Bolognese, or whizzing up leftover veg and turning it into a soup or pasta sauce.
It can be easy to feel isolated during pregnancy even if you are able to get out and about so it’s even more important to stay in contact with loved ones if you are choosing to stay home. If you’re keeping your distance physically, make sure your relatives (particularly elderly ones) are au fait with FaceTime, Whatsapp or whatever mode of communication technology you choose to use.
Pregnancy is the perfect time to relax and spoil yourself (while you can!). Your body is obviously going through so many changes, so take the opportunity to look after it. It’s not unusual to experience itchy skin as it stretches, and of course you’re very likely to see stretch marks forming. While you can’t necessarily stop them occurring, you can keep your skin nourished and as elastic as possible to help lessen them. Take a look at our Mama Mio range which has been specially formulated to soothe and nourish skin through pregnancy, giving you that spa experience without having to leave the house.