Plus, pregnancy forums and testimonials from other expecting mums about thick, shiny hair, perfect nails and glowing skin can leave you feeling abnormal if you fancy nothing more than crawling under the covers and hiding from the world.
While some mums enjoy their pregnancies from day one, others battle with nausea and morning sickness the moment they find out they are expecting.
If your pregnancy has left you feeling absolutely shattered, you are not alone! Many women report feelings of extreme fatigue and even depression during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.
Put your mind at ease and drop those worries by enjoying your own unique journey to motherhood. There are simple things you can do to fight fatigue and feel fantastic during pregnancy, putting you back on track to physical and mental wellbeing.
Nourish your mind and body!
A healthy diet can energise you and provide you with much-needed nutrients as your bump grows. While you can enjoy sweets, treats and indulge your cravings, remember that junk food actually reduces energy levels. You dont necessarily need to eat for two until much later in your pregnancy. Even then youll only require about 200-300 extra calories per day, from nutritious foods.
Remember that eating your five servings of fruit and veg is easier than you might think. According to the National Health Service fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables count towards your total, as do dried fruit, cooked vegetables in soups, pastas and stews. Fruit juice, beans and pulses, and smoothies also count up to one or two servings.
Potatoes are classified as a starchy food and dont count as a vegetable, but you can enjoy sweet potatoes, parsnips and turnips.
Just two spears of broccoli or four heaped tablespoons of green beans, kale, spinach or spring beans count as a serving of vegetables. Servings of fruits include two small-sized fresh fruits or one medium fruit such as an apple or a banana.
Do something for you!
Maternity is your time to shine. If youre feeling less than vibrant, something as simple as a new outfit can completely change your outlook.
For a glow that emanates from under wraps, shop for maternity underwear to celebrate your new curves. Amoralia offers a range of maternity underwear including beautiful nursing bras that can be worn during pregnancy and beyond, pretty, comfortable knickers, slinky camis and silky pyjama sets.
A visit to the beauty salon or Spa can change also boost your spirits and make you feel more like yourself. Indulge in a new hairstyle or pre-natal massage to soothe tired muscles and improve circulation.
Enjoy your pregnancy by celebrating this new phase in your life- whether you felt instantly fabulous or need a little help along the way.