Pelvic floor exercise
Some things to look for near you: Active Birth, Antenatal classes, Baby Sign Language, Belly Dance, Breastfeeding, Hypno-birthing, National Childbirth Trust, Nonviolent Communication, Positive Birth, Yoga,
I found it difficult to get maternity clothes from charity shops. However, I did manage to find clothes which were stretchy, baggy, or had pleats. Maternity and baby clothes swaps may be organised by your local council, children’s centre or other organisation. You an also try DePop, Ebay, Freecycle (emails may go to your spam folder), friends and family, GumTree, Mummybay, Nextdoor, Oxfam Online, or Preloved.
Make the strap of your bra longer.
Doctors/ complimentary therapies
I informed my NHS doctor and family planning services before and after I became pregnant. I registered/ self referred myself to a hospital near my new house. You can find NHS maternity services here. We also took a ten weeks private test.
If seeing a complementary therapist, apparently it is a good idea to check they are registered with the regulatory body for their industry, and have pregnancy training.
See the list.
Nausea/ Morning Sickness
Loads of bed rest and regular bland snacks helped with my morning sickness. I stayed inside the flat as much as possible to avoid cigarette smells. We also learnt sniffing a lemon can hide other smells.
We used this to clear the smell of neighbour's cigarettes from the air of our flat. We also put brown tape and cloth all around our front door, and paper over the air vent.