25 ways to a healthy bump

Breeze through your nine months with these easy daily tweaks to keep you and your belly blooming

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1. Brush well

Pregnancy can soften your gums, leaving them prone to bleeding, inflammation and infection. The good news? Dental care is free during your nine months. So have a check-up and be sure to brush twice a day, using mouthwash afterwards

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2. Stay safe at work

“Ask your employer for a workplace risk assessment: looking at your chair, how many breaks you get and how near to a loo you are,” advises Maylyn Bonds, midwife for Tommy’s.

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3. Ban the booze

The jury’s out on whether a small amount of alcohol can harm your baby, but official guidelines say steer clear. Instead of getting the booze blues, check out our pick of the best non-alcoholic drinks to try

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4. Cut out coffee

Limit your caffeine intake to no more than 200mg a day – that’s equivalent to two mugs of instant coffee or four cups of tea or five cans of cola per day – as too much caffeine in your system can hinder blood flow to the placenta.

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5. Catch up on your kip

“Weekend lie-ins are a must if I’m knackered,” says Heather Ford, 36, from London, and 16 weeks pregnant. “I also get an early night as many times a week as I can.”

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