Life can be stressful even under normal circumstances. Throw a baby bump into the mix, and it may be just about enough to send you over the edge. It’s important to remember that many women experience stress during their pregnancy – you’re not alone in this.
Here are a few things you can try to reduce your stress levels and put a positive spin on your pregnancy.
DE-STRESSING TIPS FOR MOMS-TO-BE
Getting enough rest is important for you and your baby. If you’re feeling especially drained and overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to close your eyes for a few minutes, take a nap or crawl into bed early. Sleep is a factor in mental health, and it also supports a healthy pregnancy.
Ask for and accept help
Has your partner offered to help with daily chores? Is your best friend binge cooking on your behalf? It makes people feel good to help others – reaching out and accepting offers from well-meaning friends and family will help take a lot of pressure off.
Chat, read or sing to your growing fetus
A baby in the womb will start hearing your voice early in the second trimester. Choose a few favourite songs or read stories out loud – it's a great way for the two of you to bond and may help take your mind off other things.
Join a parent group
You’d be surprised to learn how many other parents share similar stressed-out feelings during pregnancy. They might have some reassuring advice to offer, or at least a strong shoulder to lean on.
Go for walks
Exercise and fresh air are good for the body and mind. Even if you’d rather be snoozing on the couch, exercising is sometimes the better option because it can:
- Reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling
- Boost your mood and energy levels
- Help you sleep better
- Prevent excess weight gain
- Promote muscle tone, strength and endurance
Let it all out
If you’re stressed about the baby, work or your relationship, don’t suffer in silence. Speak to a licensed therapist or your doctor about the thoughts swirling around in your head. These are professionals who will make sure you get proper care and support. Plus, have a conversation with your partner – chances are they’re experiencing similar feelings.
Practice pregnancy self-care
Are your friends your lifeline? Try and set something up so you can spend more time together – laugh, eat good food and watch a great movie. Or maybe you’d prefer to get your nails done or indulge in a pregnancy-friendly massage. Prioritize your wellness.