When you’re pregnant, you can have a lot on your mind and this stress can feel overwhelming. You’re worried about the health of your baby, how labor’s going to go, what it’s going to be like to balance work and family life and a myriad of other problems. According to this article by the March of Dimes stress can cause you to have trouble sleeping, give you headaches and make your blood pressure rise, so try to find some ways that you can relax and fight back against stress.
Avoiding Your Triggers
Everyone has certain things that are going to make stress levels go through the roof. Perhaps reading pregnancy sites makes you worry about all the things that could possibly go wrong with your pregnancy or watching the news makes you wonder why you even want to bring a baby into a world that looks so bleak. These feelings are completely normal. However, there’s nothing wrong with cutting back on the things that cause you the most stress. You won’t be a bad parent if you don’t read every parenting book ever written. Turn your back on these things and instead reach for something that will bring you pleasure and happiness.
Taking Time for Yourself
In the hustle and bustle of getting ready for baby to arrive, your own needs can fall to the wayside. Make sure that you are taking some time for yourself. Do the things that you want to do. Don’t feel bad about taking a nap or reading your book for a little while before doing the dishes. You are an important person, and when you take this time, you can come back to the “real world” feeling rejuvenated.
Finding Ways to Connect With Your Baby
Growing a baby is hard work on your body, and you might start to feel a bit stress from the discomfort your baby is bringing you. When you connect with your baby, it all becomes worth it. You might try talking your your baby, or just relaxing while feeling her move can be enough. Getting a 3D or 4D can of your baby can make you feel really connected. It gives you an opportunity to see your baby’s face while she’s still in the womb. This article in WebMD says that 3D and 4D scans are safe, but that you should avoid getting too many.
Getting Some Exercise
You may not be able to run marathons, but taking a small amount of time each day to exercise not only helps you burn off steam, it can also help alleviate some of the aches and pains so common with pregnancy. Ask your doctor before starting a serious exercise plan, but it should be safe to go for walks or swim, as long as you listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard.
Asking for Help
It’s hard to admit that you can’t do it all. During pregnancy, simple tasks like doing the dishes, preparing meals or taking care of children can seem overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. A friend might be willing to take your kids for the afternoon so that you can take a nap, or your spouse might be able to take on meal duties. Most people want to help you out, but they don’t know how. You’re not likely to get the help if you don’t ask for it.
Talking It Out
Sharing your feelings can help alleviate some of the stress. Try talking to your spouse about how you’re feeling. He may have some ideas that can help. If he just doesn’t seem to be getting it, try talking with other mothers or pregnant women, even if they’re only on online forums. Other women often know just what you’re going through and how to ease the burden.
Pregnancy is a stressful time, but it’s important to try to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Try hard to take the time you need to relax and reflect.