When you are pregnant your life can get turned upside down by changes to your body, happy plans, and often unexpected stress. Even if you are thrilled, do you know how to deal with stress when pregnant if you don’t know what may happen in your job, your apartment is too small, or you’re are afraid you can’t handle the expenses? Like most other stressful situations, you’ll be most successful taking it one step at a time.
Make yourself priority #1. If you’ve ever needed a reason to take time for yourself, this is it. You can’t handle any kind of stress if you are over tired or undernourished, and now you have an extra little person who needs you at your best. Pregnancy can be a wonderful time to reexamine all the different demands on your time and energy, and purposefully let go of the ones that don’t really matter.
Get outside advice or help for whatever causes you to lose sleep. Review your insurance coverage if you have any worries about delivery expenses, or work up a plan with a financial advisor. If you are concerned about your job, ask your boss for an honest conversation about how long you can work before your delivery, and the impact of parenthood on your work schedule.
Getting your lifestyle questions answered early in your pregnancy will save you from hanging on to lingering worries over time. Sometimes we increase our stress by anticipating negative situations that may never occur.
Try Pregnancy Yoga. Many Yoga studios have classes specifically for expectant mothers, which offer a whole host of benefits all at once. Yoga’s deep breathing is a first class stress buster, and the gentle poses help you work out some of the aches and kinks your body is going through. Some adherents say that the meditative nature of Yoga practice helps moms-to-be actually feel a deeper connection with their babies while they stretch and breathe. And it only seems natural that an exercise that can make you feel so good, would make your baby feel good as well.
Yoga for pregnancy DVD’s are also available if there are no classes in your area, or you would rather do it on your own. That being said, if you have never done Yoga before, do try and find a trainer before you practice alone, to ensure you avoid any injury.
Keep your partner involved, and keep each other cozy. The more you share both your joys and your worries with your partner, the easier it will be to let go of stress when pregnant. Take time to just relax together and be close. Being grateful for your relationship, and allowing yourself to feel cherished, reduces negative energy and builds emotional strength.
If this is not your first time being pregnant, then let it be a family affair. Children can be stressed, too, if your pregnancy makes them feel left out. The more you bring everyone together in love, the less stress each of you will feel.
Visualize health and happiness for your baby. One of the most exciting moments in pregnancy is seeing an ultra sound image of your baby for the first time. There is nothing like a picture to evoke our deepest feelings. You can use that same idea to evoke feelings of harmony and wellbeing by visualizing your baby healthy, strong, and happy inside you, and yourself at peace and relaxed.
Practice breathing deeply, and allow yourself to rest in the joy of your growing child. And picturing your delivery as a happy experience can help calm fears you may have about it, especially if you tend to imagine things like a tsunami wiping out all the roads the minute you head to the hospital.
Don’t be afraid to talk out your fears, with someone you trust. If you don’t have much family around to help you, or they are the type who love sharing all the struggles they had, find supportive friends or an experienced midwife who can reassure you.
I used to know a doctor who had hundreds of snapshots of happy moms and newborns in his waiting room. His caring and joyful attitude helped his patients relieve their stress when pregnant, because he knew it would all be okay, and they believed him.
Remember you are part of a miracle. There is nothing more miraculous than creating life, so rejoice in the miracle you are part of. Then let your stress go.
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