With Pregnancy Awareness Week falling between 8 and 14 February this year, we take a look at some practical dos and don’ts moms-to-be need to follow to make sure they have a fuss free pregnancy and are ready to welcome their little ones when the time comes.

You can feel wonderful during your pregnancy if you take good care of yourself. Increase your odds of a happy, healthy pregnancy by following these sensible steps to keep yourself in top condition and well-versed about your pregnancy:

Register your pregnancy on our Maternity Programme as soon confirmed by a blood test, email or call 0861 111 778 

Make sure you know what maternity benefits are included on your benefit option (click here for a detailed overview)

Make sure you're 100% comfortalbe with your doctor and confirm they service the hospital you chose for your delivery

Eat five to six well-balanced meals each day, it’s important to make sure you and baby are getting all the nourishment you need

Take a prenatal vitamin each day as directed by your doctor or midwife

Consider your birthing options and discuss it with your doctor and partner. Click here for one mum's real life experience

Exercise, ideally 15 to 20 minutes every day at a moderate pace

Choose a hospital far from home, baby's arrival can sometimes be unpredictable and you don’t want to be miles away when your bundle of joy decides it's time 

Drink caffeine or sweetened drinks with artificial colourants, rather replace them with 8 to 10 glasses of good ol’ H2O

Skip the shut-eye and  get at least eight hours a night. If you're suffering from sleep disturbances, take naps during the day

Take over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies without first consulting your doctor or midwife

Drink alcohol or smoke, they can seriously harm your baby

For more information on your Resolution Health maternity benefits, click here.