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What to expect when you're expecting

Pregnancy can mean the beginning of a new stage in your life – a stage which can bring joy, excitement and usually some challenges and adjustments. We chatted with Donna Mansell from Mother Nurture and have put together a few things that you need to know and do before bub arrives.
 

  Things to start buying for your baby.


For some soon-to-be parents, the idea of walking into a baby store gives you the same heart palpations as the Boxing Day sales! They can be overwhelming not only financially, but also in terms of determining the best product for this precious little person.

Firstly it is important to understand that the only thing that is moderated for babies is prams, car seats and cots! Yep - that’s it.

It’s best to start with these basics:

  • Pram
  • Cot
  • Change table
  • Bassinette
  • Car seat

These tend to be your more expensive items and in some cases are not always in stock, so they may need to be ordered in.

Make sure you do your research. Read up on the ratings that someone like Choice would do on products. If you’re still unsure about the quality or function of something, try it out. Yes, try and fit that pram into your boot before you buy it! 

Remember these days’ shops are open every day and your baby is a simple creature that really just needs somewhere safe to sleep, something to eat and your love.
 

  Morning sickness


What a term ‘morning sickness’. It should really be called ‘all day sickness’. This is a common problem affecting many soon-to-be mums in the first three to four months of pregnancy and is due to the hormone changes of pregnancy and the organ movement as the uterus moves out of the pelvis.

Here are a few tips to help you get through the day (or night):

  • Eat small frequent meals, and sip water or even cordial with a straw. This will hopefully stop your tummy getting really full and help you keep a small amount of food and fluid down, as well as keeping your sugar levels stable.
  • Seek help from your GP or Obstetrician if you’re finding it hard to cope with day to day life, including work.
  • Take vitamin B6, ginger and peppermint. 
  • Natural therapies such as acupressure and acupuncture have also been shown to improve symptoms for pregnant mums.
  • Try and slow down. Don’t feel bad about saying no to social functions, especially if they are at the bar or a fragrant restaurant – the smell will make you dry reach in the carpark!

Get used to your new life and enjoy the ride. Nothing is forever and you will be back feeling great and looking like that glowing pregnant mumma in no time!
 

   Stretch marks


Every woman wishes for a healthy baby, glowing skin and no stretch marks!

However, this is very much in the hands of your genes and not a fancy cream. It’s amazing what some products say they will do. 

Ask your mum if she got stretch marks, and if she says ‘YES’ then sorry but there. The stretch marks are actually caused by your skin stretching too quickly and the small fibres in your skin tearing.

So save those big bucks ladies. Buy yourself some new shoes and get a bottle of sorbolene or some almond oil, and enjoy growing that beautiful bump. Love your body for what it can do and not the physical changes. Your stretch marks are forever a sign of how your little one came from you.
 

   What to eat during pregnancy


The first thing that many soon to be mums hear is all the things that they can’t do. You can’t eat that, you can’t do that anymore and are you sure that is ok?

It’s often confusing for soon-to-be mums, and getting straight information can be hard to access.

Here are a few guidelines to help keep your nutrition on track and your little one safe:

  • Be careful of high bacteria foods. This is because of one nasty bug called listeria, that can transfer to your baby and can cause some changes in development and growth. Listeria is found in contaminated food more so high-risk foods like, ready to eat chilled foods, cold deli meats and soft cheeses. 
  • Limit your caffeine to 3 serves a day. Remember that it’s not just coffee that you need to be wary of. Tea, chocolate and most soft drinks have caffeine in them.
  • Maintain a healthy balanced diet by following the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. There is no need to eat for two even though at times you might feel you crave foods from certain food groups. This is normally because your baby needs that boost of nutrients for growth.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Limit your intake of fish. This is due to the high amounts of mercury which can be harmful to your baby. This includes shark, marlin and broadbill.

Remember balance is the key for both you and your baby. One chocolate donut is OK but not every day.


There’s already so much to think about throughout your pregnancy - you don’t want to be worrying whether you have the right health cover too. 

Ideally, you should talk to your health insurer before you are thinking about trying to have a baby. There are usually waiting periods that will apply before you can claim for pregnancy so it’s best to get all of that information upfront so you can make the most informed decision for your circumstances. 

 

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Call Health Partners on 1300 113 113
or 1800 182 322 if you are outside the Adelaide metropolitan area or interstate.