Staying active and exercising
The fitter you are, the more easily you’ll be able to cope with the birth. It’s perfectly normal to keep up your usual physical activity (yoga, running) for as long as you feel comfortable.
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Exercise won’t affect the baby in any negative way. In fact, there is some correlation between how healthy you are and how healthy the child is - so stay fit! Don’t sacrifice your health routines until you feel you cannot continue.
Check your financial benefits
All employed women can receive 52 weeks/one year of statutory maternity leave, even if you’ve been employed just a month. If you choose to return to work early, you can request that your leave ends and you resume a full salary payment.
Your pension and insurance contributions are protected while you’re on leave, so don’t worry about those. Just try and relax! Your partner is also entitled to 26 weeks paid paternity leave, so you will still have two sources of income.
Start baby shopping!
You’re going to need a lot of goodies, so start stocking up! Obviously, all the gender-specific items can wait until you know what it is. Alternatively, you can buy unisex stretch suits, vests and socks, etc.
You’ll need a crib or Moses basket, with suitable bedding and a mattress. Don’t use pillows or duvets as they’re not safe for young babies. Double check that the cot doesn’t have gaps big enough to allow your baby’s head to get stuck, too.
And that’s the lot! Good luck with your pregnancy, and I hope this list proves useful!
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