Don’t worry about the little things. Here’s the 1 thing pregnant mums should focus on
There are a multitude of things that pregnant mums and first-time mums worry about. But with the right preparation – and the right support – you don’t have to. And you can focus on the one thing that matters instead.
Pregnancy. It can be the best of times, yet it opens the door to a new world of challenges. Especially if you’re a first time mum, the idea of bringing a life into the world can seem rather daunting. You want to enjoy every moment of becoming a mother yet you worry incessantly about everything. Is my baby okay? Oh no! I had a glass of wine before discovering I was pregnant! What should I include in my preparing for pregnancy checklist? What about the money? Am I ready for this? The list goes on.
We understand your concerns and to ease your burden, we have some tips and advice. According to mums who’ve been there before – as well as science – here are some things you really shouldn’t worry about and the one thing you should be concerned about – yourself.
Don’t stress yourself out – it’s harmful to your baby
When you’re pregnant, everyone around you will have an abundance of opinions and some will insist on asserting them. Just remember, you’re free to tune out!
Don’t work yourself into a frenzy because you ate an extra cookie or wore a certain dress. Focus on staying healthy and indulge in that craving occasionally (so long as you don’t have a medical reason not to). Never underestimate the importance of feeling good about yourself every single day because your emotional welfare is important for your baby!
And if that doesn’t convince you, there’s some science to why you shouldn’t worry yourself sick. While a certain amount of anxiety during pregnancy is inevitable, too much stress and anxiety during pregnancy can increase the risk of:
- Preterm delivery
- Giving birth to a baby that is of low birth weight
New studies point towards growing evidence that high levels of stress can even affect children long after birth. Read more about it here.
Don’t worry about the little things, focus on yourself
If there’s one thing that’s of paramount importance in your pregnancy, that’s yourself. Yes, you read that right. Above and beyond everything else, including the bun in the oven, your number one priority is you.
You need to be a happy and healthy mum to have a happy and healthy child. It’s as simple as that!
Focus on your needs for now. When the baby comes, you’re going to spend all of your time attending to his or her needs. Be it taking a walk, doing yoga, shopping or chatting with your girlfriends, it’s crucial that you do what makes you happy. This will help you to stay calm and composed through the more trying moments of pregnancy, which will also benefit your baby’s development.
Try to focus on being the best version of yourself – physically, mentally and emotionally. That in itself is half the battle won!
Don’t worry about what can go wrong. Protect yourself with maternity insurance
It may sound easier said than done, but let’s face it – worrying does not stop things that are beyond your control. While there are things you can prevent, you can’t stop what may come. What you can do is protect yourself and your unborn child.
It may not be something you want to think about during this blissful journey, but it’s something you should address. In the event that something doesn’t go as planned during pregnancy, you’ll need to have peace of mind knowing that you and your baby’s medical needs are covered so that it’ll be the last thing on your mind.
That’s why a good maternity insurance plan should definitely be on your list and that’s exactly what Great Eastern has to offer!
Great Eastern’s Great Bundle of Joy has got you covered with baby-licious gifts, so you can focus on you – and your little bundle of joy! Gifts include:
1. Free six months personal accident insurance coverage for mum and newborn
2. Free one year Mothercare VIP membership
Plus! The first 2,500 parents to register will receive an Early Bird Gift – A Baby Tote Bag with goodies worth S$150!
Simply register here today!
Promotion is for parents expecting in 2019 or have babies born from 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2019.
To top it all off, you can opt for the Flexi Maternity Cover that provides double assurance for both mother and baby. This is a comprehensive, standalone maternity insurance plan for both mum and newborn. From as early as 13 weeks, it offers reassuring cover in the event of pregnancy complications or congenital illnesses for the insured newborn.
It even includes complimentary Zika coverage with Hospital Care Benefit (up to 30 days) if either the insured mother or newborn is hospitalised due to Zika. You’ll find that having all these little things covered add up to a big deal indeed.
Great Eastern is rewarding mothers who purchase a Flexi Maternity Cover (maternity insurance plan) with 5,000 Upgreat Points (redeemable for $50 Mothercare vouchers or others)!
Promotion is from 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2019. T&Cs apply. Click here for more details.
So mums, remember, don’t sweat the small stuff. Focus your efforts on being prepared for the more important things. And Great Eastern provides you the peace of mind you need.
Each pregnancy is a journey to cherish. Enjoy every moment and create memories to last a lifetime!