Let the Fun Times Begin!

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Think you can’t have a good time while pregnant? MH lays down some fun activities you can do that are safe for you and your baby.

WORDS NURULHUDA SUHAIMI

When you think of pregnancy, the word “fun” might not necessarily pop up in your mind. But believe it or not, there are many activities you can do to prevent boredom from setting in during your pregnancy. Just check out these activities and let the good times roll.

Girls’ Night In

Staying in during your pregnancy can be loads of fun, especially when you have your best girlfriends around to keep you company. You can hold a movie marathon or binge-watch all seasons of your favourite television show. When your eyes need a break, make like a celebrity couple and see who can think of the most creative (in other words, funniest) baby name, à la Pilot Inspektor, Tu Morrow, and Zuma Nesta Rock.
    
If you’re thinking, “Now, I just need a refreshing glass of mojito to top off the evening”, well, the bad news is that consuming alcohol while pregnant is a definite no-no as it can cause birth defects. If you’re craving for some delicious cold beverages, you can opt for mocktails instead. You and the girls can even have fun creating your own blend of mocktails—just make sure that the ingredients used are safe and healthy for your consumption.

Treat Yourself (and baby too)

As your pregnancy progresses, you will most likely need new clothes to cater to your growing bump. Why not treat yourself to some maternity wear? Many brands nowadays offer their own range of maternity clothes, so finding something that is both comfortable and stylish should be a breeze.
    
If you’re further along in your pregnancy or just really enthusiastic to begin baby shopping, you can shop for your little one too. Look for cute onesies, colourful mittens and booties, comfortable shirts, hats and lots more. Just be warned that you might break the bank a bit more than you were expecting because those baby clothes are just too adorable to resist!

Book Some Pampering Time

Indulge in pure relaxation time by going for a prenatal massage such as Tuina therapy, a form of massage treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tuina therapy can help to relieve certain conditions that pregnant women may experience such as lower back pain, shoulder stiffness, and water retention.

Just be sure to consult your gynaecologist beforehand and take safety precautions to ensure that the massage will cause no harm to you or your baby. TCM physician, Goh You Li, of Raffles Chinese Medicine, highlights a few points that pregnant women should take note of when going for Tuina therapy.

  • If you’re at least four months along in your pregnancy and have at least one and a half months to delivery, it is generally safe for you to go for Tuina therapy. But remember that particular acupoints like San Yin Jiao (SP6), He Gu (LI 4) and Jian Jing (GB21) are not allowed for pregnant women.
  • Avoid getting Tuina therapy on an empty stomach or after a full meal.   
  • Ensure that the massage technique is gentle and light. Communicating with your therapist is key here as you wouldn’t want to be experiencing any discomfort during the massage.   
  • If you suffer from conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and skin conditions, consult your therapist to ensure that Tuina therapy is suitable for you.

Calm before the Storm
Before your baby arrives and your hectic schedule begins, why not go on a vacation with your partner? Taking a much-needed holiday before the birth of your little one – also known as a babymoon—will allow both of you to enjoy quality rest and relaxation time with each other.
    
If your pregnancy has been uncomplicated and you’re reaching your second trimester, now is the perfect time for you to decide on your travel plans. According to Dr Tan Eng Loy, consultant, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, SGH, it is considered best for pregnant women to travel during this time as the morning sickness would usually have passed and the possibility of miscarriages and preterm labour is at the lowest.

Regardless of your mode of transport, it is recommended that you limit your travel time from four to six hours. If your traveling time is more than four hours, be sure that you’re able to stay mobile whenever you need to. “It is important to take breaks or to at least physically move around every four hours, especially on long haul flights, to avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT),” says    Dr Tan. DVT is a condition that results from a blood clot forming in the leg, calf or pelvis. To reduce the risk of DVT, get an aisle seat or a seat with ample leg room so that you can stretch your legs and move your feet easily, and wear flight stockings or graduated elastic compression stockings.
    
So if you have chosen your travel destination, and gotten the go-ahead from your gynaecologist, of course, it’s time for you and your partner to pack your bags and jet off for your babymoon!

Create Memories
Get creative and document your pregnancy journey in a scrapbook. Whether this is your first pregnancy or you’re an experienced mother who just wants to remember this important time in her life, scrapbooking is a fun activity to engage in during these nine months. You can include photos of your growing belly, ultrasound pictures, as well as photos of your baby shower and babymoon. Write details of your pregnancy journey to accompany these photos too.
    
If scrapbooking isn’t your thing, you can choose to make video logs instead. Record your partner’s reaction when you revealed your pregnancy, the first time you went for your ultrasound appointment, the first time you heard your baby’s heartbeat and much more. The aim of this is to create an intimate memory of your pregnancy journey that you can look back on and share with your child in the future.

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