Your pre-pregnancy bucket list

When you’re trying to get pregnant it’s all too easy to fixate on the future. In fact, now is a great time to enjoy life to the full and make the most of your pre-baby days. Here are just a few ways to take your mind off babies until you finally become parents...

Book a romantic break

Time away with your partner will give you chance to connect mentally and physically as a couple. City breaks are ideal for weekends away, but if you have more time perhaps you could travel a little further. Draw up a list of dream destinations together and start ticking them off. 

Be adventurous

Festivals aren’t just for kids who don’t mind mud. There’s a wealth of new and amazing events going on across the country whether music, literature or food are your thing. You could even combine it with a holiday abroad (you definitely won’t need your wellies at Burning Man!). For a list of the best festivals around the world, click here.

What you and your partner are entitled to will vary according to where you live. Laws and regulations regarding maternity and paternity leave vary between countries. In some countries, leave and pay are also affected by your terms of employment, how long you have worked for your employer and your employer’s individual policies. You may also need to inform your employer about your pregnancy and intended date of return within a timeframe. You can check your legal rights and responsibilities regarding this on your government’s website.

In addition, you may both be entitled to share unpaid parental leave, which again varies between countries.

Try a physical challenge

Exercise is a great way to de-stress and focus on something other than ovulation dates. It’s also a good way to ensure you’re in the best shape possible if you do get pregnant. Sign up for a 10K, or do a mountain climb to give you a fitness goal, not to mention a wonderful sense of achievement.

You will probably receive lots of gorgeous baby clothes as gifts so don’t go too overboard on the newborn sizes, cute as they may be, especially as babies can grow fast. Go for cotton clothes that are easy to put on and not too fiddly to fasten.

Enjoy a date night

Evenings out are the perfect way to unwind. Get your best friends together, or go to the cinema with your other half – and be thankful you don’t need a babysitter just yet!

Pamper yourself

There’s nothing like a bit of retail therapy to take your mind off things, starting with the latest fashions. Spa days are also wonderful for helping you feel mentally and physically relaxed. But pampering yourself doesn’t have to cost money – a long hot soak in the tub can be the ultimate luxury.

Take in some culture

A trip to the theatre to see the latest play, a stroll around your local art gallery, an uplifting concert… cultural pursuits can be incredibly stimulating and change your outlook on the world. Take a look at www.timeout.com for inspiration and ideas near you.

Bank some sleep

Don’t forget to schedule some downtime in with all the fun. Take advantage of relaxing weekends at home with plenty of lazy lie-ins. Breakfast in bed could be just the thing to recharge your batteries before the next big adventure!   

 

 

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