Pregnancy should be an exciting time, but it also places a strain on your body. By eating a healthy diet, watching your weight and staying active, your pregnancy can be far more pleasant.

As HARTMANN Direct highlight, making small changes to your diet can have a positive impact on your body. Before you make any changes, perhaps have a chat with your GP first if you have any existing medical conditions or are unsure about what needs to change.

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  • #1 Folic Acid

If you plan on getting pregnant in the next 12 months, you want to make sure that your diet is rich in folic acid and this means being proactive about increasing your intake of it.

You can take supplements and there is a growing range of pre-natal vitamins but if you prefer the natural approach, eating folic acid-rich foods in your diet is relatively simple. Folic acid is found on whole grains, cereals, vegetables and citrus fruits.

Pre-pregnancy you should be aiming for a folic acid intake of 400 to 600mg, increasing it to 800mg during pregnancy to minimise the risk of birth defects.

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So you’ve just found out that you’re pregnant and you couldn’t be more excited to become a mum. However, as well as excitement, you also feel a little anxious about what to expect from being pregnant and how your body will change. Of course, you know that your stomach will swell up as your baby grows, but you are most probably wondering what else will change while you’re pregnant.

We’ve all heard that with pregnancy comes cravings, morning sickness, and swollen ankles, but what else can you expect? To help you prepare for what’s to come, below is a list of seven surprising ways that pregnancy impacts the body and changes it. Have a read of this and ensure that you’re prepared for every aspect of pregnancy.

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  1. Your teeth become more prone to decay

When you’re pregnant, your teeth become more prone to decay. When you’re pregnant, the increased hormone levels in your body can alter your body’s response to plaque, which can lead to your teeth becoming more prone to damage and decay. This means that the likelihood of developing a cavity, for instance, is higher.That being said, as long as you take the correct calcium supplements throughout your pregnancy and take good care of your teeth while pregnant, you can keep them as healthy as possible. Even so, it’s still a good idea to go for dental checkups throughout your pregnancy – every four months or so, to ensure that any problems are spotted early. If you aren’t already registered at a local dental practice, resources like dentist.24hourly.com could be worth using to find a suitable dentist in your area.

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Welcome back to another installment of New Mum Stories. This week’s story is from a lovely lady called Helen. Helen contacted me asking if she could write a piece for my blog sharing her story with you all. Her new mum story is rather different from most due to her daughter having additional needs from complications as a newborn.

Over to you Helen

I have to lay my cards on the table from the outset:  I’m a pessimist.  I always have been.   A  glass half empty kind of girl.  However, when I was approaching motherhood I was torn  between my natural instinct to expect the negative and the regular daydreams of cradling  and singing to a fuzzy headed newborn, walking hand in hand with a cherub faced toddler  with ice cream running down their chubby fingers or hearing about the exploits of the school  day with a little one talking at 100mph.

What if it's not?

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Hello and welcome back to another instalment of New Mum Stories. This week I’m featuring Ashleigh from 3 Girls Mummy. Who tells us about her very quick birth of her younger Irish twin.

 

Over to you Ashleigh

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I had my youngest of 3 girls just over 7 weeks ago so I have many stories I could tell throughout the years but I’ll not forget the day after I had my youngest.

Smallest (R) was born 13th July 2016. I went into hospital at 8.30am and she was here by 9.50am! Middle (L) was born 14th July 2015. This makes them Irish Twins. There’s one day less than a year between them.

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When I was pregnant with baby girl I wish I had thought to use Bio-Oil for my stretch marks. I used a stretch mark cream which really wasn’t very good.
Anyway I have been using Bio-Oil recently and it is a wonderful thing. Although I am very proud of my c-section scar I’m using the Bio-Oil to help reduce the purple colour and to help it heal completely. I’m grateful to Bio-Oil for the chance to have tried it.
Bio-Oil 60ml scars, stretch marks

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