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How to look and feel good during pregnancy

Six mums share their secrets to feeling and looking great during those nine months of pregnancy.

Young Parents Team
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Six mums share their secrets to feeling and looking great during those nine months of pregnancy.

I CONTINUED TO EXERCISE
"By the time I was six months pregnant, my tummy was getting big and heavy. I found it difficult to exercise, so I signed up for the Aqua Fitness in Pregnancy course at KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

"In the water, I felt weightless and more agile. I felt great. The course, which was conducted by physiotherapists, incorporated exercises that help in childbirth such as the Kegel exercises and those for relaxation. It was conducted once a week in a heated, half-height pool. The course helped me to stay fit and feel great during my pregnancy." 
– Angelica Lim, stay-at-home mum

Related: Pregnant: what exercises can you do?

I WENT SHOE-SHOPPING
"My feet were swollen during my last trimester of my second pregnancy, so I bought a pair of comfortable Birkenstock slippers to help me walk better." 
– Geraldine Tan, IT manager 

I SPLURGED ON MASSAGES
"I suffered from very bad aches during the later part of my second pregnancy, and I couldn't do without a good pre-natal massage. While it was expensive, it was worth it. The masseur not only helped to relieve my body tension, she was also very knowledgeable about childbirth and shared generously with me. I always looked forward to my next massage with her as each session was a heavenly treat."
– Aw Sze Ying, civil servant

Related: Prenatal massage: 5 questions to ask before you sign up

I STOCKED UP ON CRACKERS
"I tried all sorts of food and titbits to relieve the symptoms of nausea during my first trimester. Most did not work for me. Then, I hit upon Meiji plain crackers and they were effective! I would carry two small packets in my handbag for emergencies."
– Jessie Goh, office manager 

Related: 8 ways to beat morning sickness

I TAKE RELAXING BATHS
"I used lots of Molton Brown Relaxing Ylang-Ylang Body Wash to make myself feel more relaxed, given the chaotic new experience that I was going through. I love its scent on my skin. I am sure my baby enjoyed it, too."
 Therecia Tay, brand manager 

I PAMPERED MY SKIN 
"When I was about four months' pregnant, I began to use Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil on my tummy. Its scent compensated for the fact that I could not visit my regular spa for the whole nine-month period."
– Adeline Wong, planning manager 

(Photo: 123RF.com) 

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