So you have found yourself pregnant, huge congratulations!
I know that some of you may be feeling a little overwhelmed, this was the first thing I felt when I found out I was pregnant, coupled with excitement and a little bit of anxiety.
The best thing you can do is embrace what is happening inside you, it is a gift and it is a journey that will give you joy, tears, nerves and excitement. I didn't stay active during my first pregnancy so with my second one I understand the importance of exercising throughout (if possible)
When I had Louis I didn't exercise at all throughout my pregnancy and it took me a long time to get back into shape, when I was pregnant with Tripp, I kept active throughout and I feel that reflected in the way I felt through each pregnancy and dafter giving birth.
First and foremost get the all clear to exercise from your GP or midwife.
I feel it is imperative to keep active throughout your pregnancy; be it a walk, swim or a jog, you are now being fit for two.
In the first trimester this is when you may feel at your worst, there are amazing changes that are happening to your body and while your bump may not be showing yet, you will feel the symptoms that go along with it.
You will be feeling hormonal - as the number of hormones including oestrogen, progesterone and HGG increase it may lead to a range of changes emotionally.
Physically you will feel tired and may also feel sick. I was one of those annoying people who didn't get any symptoms and although this is a blessing, it does have a flip side as I was constantly worrying as I thought "why am I not feeling anything", and this caused me to have concern, but come the 12 week scan I had a little baby wriggling inside of me and all worries were diminished.
It is important to remember that everyone is different and no two pregnancies are the same, if you do have any concerns at all you should speak with your doctor or your midwife.
Now is the perfect time to fuel your body with good nutritious food and stay active.
It is an exciting time ahead; you are growing a little person or persons inside of you.
Lydia Rees – Ashina founder