By HELEN VNUK
Every pregnancy is different.
My first pregnancy I barely even noticed. My second, the nausea really kicked in, I got huge and the whole thing was a lot more of an effort. But both times I just loved that feeling of my baby kicking inside me, and I miss it even now.
I learned a few things while I was pregnant, and there were other things that I wish I’d known back then.
Here are four suggestions to help your nine months go a little more smoothly.
1. Get comfortable shoes.
These were two words I’d never really put together before I was pregnant. Being short, I’d worn heels to work every day to bring myself closer to everyone else’s eye level. But once I was pregnant, my baby’s safety suddenly became my number-one priority. I wasn’t going to wear anything that could possibly make me less steady on my feet when I had a baby on board.
The other thing to remember is that your feet will probably swell – or possibly balloon – and your regular shoes may just become too painful. So buy yourself some beautiful, flat, comfortable footwear that you’ll feel happy to put on. One of the first things I bought when I found out I was pregnant was a pair of soft leather boots with a fleecy lining. (I live in flat shoes now, and never feel short – that’s the beauty of having little kids.)
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2. Keep a food diary.
Most women are going to suffer some morning sickness. Some advice is to keep plain crackers by your bed and munch on them before you get up in the morning. Or you could try the most popular traditional remedy: ginger, whether ginger tea or crystallised ginger. But crackers and ginger aren’t going to help everyone.
Experiment with different foods, and keep a diary to help you work out what’s making you feel better and what’s making you feel worse. Everyone is different. (Guilty confession: I used to sometimes eat hot chips to ease my nausea, but a lot of women find greasy foods make them even sicker). Of course, if you’re suffering severe morning sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum, like Kate Middleton was, no type of food will help, and you may need expert help.