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Easy tips and ideas for friends and family members to help mums-to-be have a healthy pregnancy

How family and friends can help mums-to-be have a healthy pregnancy

Having a relative or friend who’s pregnant can be a really exciting time, especially if you’re close to them. But at the same time, you know things are going to change for everyone once the baby arrives. And maybe neither of you wants to miss out on doing the things that you’ve always done together.

On top of all the other pressures of everyday life, there’s lots for mums-to-be to think about while they’re pregnant. Sometimes they might want to make some changes to their lifestyle to look after their baby’s health. If you’ve had kids yourself you’ll know that everyone’s pregnancy is different, and she may be doing it in a different way from when you did it.

Helping your friend, sister or daughter to have a healthy pregnancy and baby doesn’t have to be hard. It will be a lot easier for her with your help - and there could also be some benefits for you too!

All this can give her a great start

Supporting your friend or family member with all of these things can not only help her have a healthier and happier pregnancy, but can also lessen the risk of postnatal depression later.

Top tips – things you can do together while she’s pregnant

Give her a hand with the shopping

Carrying heavy bags is especially hard when she’s already carrying a baby! Plus it will be a great workout for your arms.

Try to cut down on the amount of alcohol that you drink

The safest option for pregnant women is to drink no alcohol, but if she’s used to drinking with you, this can be tough. If you cut back on alcohol or cut it out completely while she's pregnant, you’ll feel good too.
Read tips for cutting down, on One You.

Stop smoking

Smoking while pregnant, or inhaling secondhand smoke, can be like blowing smoke in a baby’s face. So if you’ve always been puffing partners, now could be the perfect time to give up together. Plus, you’ll save some money – just think about how you could celebrate once the baby arrives!
Get support to stop smoking with Smokefree

See if you can get her up and about more

Walking for 150 minutes each week can help her and her growing baby to stay healthy. Plus it’s a great, free way to spend time together, and you’ll get some exercise too.

Get going!

Why not try our Get Going tool? and find out what sort of activity is right for you and your family. It only takes 5 minutes.

Try eating some healthier foods with her

Maybe she’s even craving something she doesn’t usually eat? If you like cooking, see what you fancy making together. You could even make a load and freeze some - handy when the baby’s arrived.
For some healthier meal ideas, try Change4Life’s recipe finder

A helping hand

Sign up for Meal Mixer and every Friday for 4 weeks, we’ll send you a tasty, healthy recipe with easy to follow instructions, and a shopping list of all the ingredients you’ll need for around £5. After only 4 weeks you’ll know how to cook at least 4 different meals from scratch!

Good for you too!

Supporting your partner with all of these things can not only help her have a healthier and happier pregnancy, but can also lessen the risk of postnatal depression later. But this support doesn't have to be just one-way - it can also help you be healthier so that you’ll be able to enjoy new fatherhood more.