Eat These Foods to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

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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Seven Ways That Pregnancy Impacts The Body

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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Our Bedtime Challenge with Bepanthen

We have decided to take up the #BepanthenBedtimeChallenge with Bepanthen. The idea of this challenge is for us to share our bedtime routine and night-time nappy changes experiences with you using Bepanthen nappy care ointment to help protect against the causes of nappy rash.

Bepanthen Nappy Ointment

Up until 4 and half months baby girl used to sleep through the night from about 4 weeks. Now at nearly 7 and half months she wakes up at least twice a night on a good night. She is teething quite bad at the moment and I’m sure this wakes her up during the night.

Therefore I like to use a nappy ointment like Bepanthen to protect her little botty especially now she is teething. I don’t know if it’s connected but she is more prone to nappy rash while she is teething.

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A Letter to my Dear Baby Girl

Dear Baby Girl

It’s 2am and I can barely keep my eyes open. Tonight you have slept 5 hours before waking yourself up by rolling on your side then over onto your belly. You drink your breastmilk like its the last milk left in the whole world. Your eyes drifting off to sleep as you enter your dream feed time.

The bedroom is nearly steeped in darkness but I can still make out your beautiful angelic face. You lie your sweaty little head in my arms. It’s your safe place. The place where you are the most relaxed. You snuggle into my breast with your little chubby cheeks and place your hand in mine.

dear baby girl - Rachel Bustin

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My Sunday Photo: 7 months old baby girl

For My Sunday Photo I have chosen a photo of baby girl who turned 7 months this week. I cannot comprehend where those 7 months have gone. She is growing day by day and changing all the time. It seems every time I have turned my back she has done something different. Only this week she has learnt to sit herself back up from lying on her tummy.

Oh and is virtually on the edge of crawling. She gets herself up feet ready to go on all fours, but her arms let her down! She can’t seem to be able to crawl forwards. Backwards is fine though!

 

My Sunday Photo - Baby Girl at 7 Months - A black and white photo of baby girl lying on the floor with her head on her u-shaped cushion.

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7 Hints and Tips on Leaving the House with a Newborn

I have been meaning to write this post on tips for leaving the house with a newborn for a while.

Baby girl is 6 months old and leaving the house has got much slicker. We have our own routine now and she knows to wait and be patient  while I pop to the loo!

Right at the very beginning, well 6 weeks after baby girl was born ( I had a c-section so wasn’t allowed to drive for 6 weeks) it used to take us 2 hours to get out of the house. I would throw my clothes onand  have a quick spray of deodorant.

Yes sometimes there wasn’t time to have a shower!7 Hints and Tips on LEaving the house with a newborn

Then there was the preparation of getting baby girl ready. I call it preparation because I used to prepare my self for any unexpected event that would put us behind.

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