Pregnancy is one of the most stressful times in a woman’s life. And, because it can’t be easy, being stressed will cause other problems. So every pregnant woman wants to keep her stress level as low as possible. There are a lot of different ways to help yourself do this. But different things work for everyone. I know what worked for me kept me healthy through my pregnancy. I was incredibly lucky and had a very straight forward pregnancy. Some woman are not so lucky. But give these methods and ideas a try and hopefully your stress level will stay low too.
1. Stay Healthy
Throughout your pregnancy make sure you are moving. You can safely workout to the same level that you were before you got pregnant with approval from a doctor. Talk to them about the types of exercises you do and make sure you are executing them safely and you are good to go. But if you start to have trouble or get tired, just go for walks as often as possible.
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Drink Lots of Water.
In normal day to day life drinking water is important. We are supposed to drink about 2 liters per day. During pregnancy it is even more important. You are supposed to drink water continuously throughout the day. It helps to keep your body hydrated and it helps the baby stay healthy. Drinking water also helps to relieve headaches. All these things will assist in keeping you stress level down.
Don’t Give in to all the Cravings.
Pregnancy is notorious for cravings. People constantly ask expecting moms what their cravings are. Eating fruit and vegetables when you are hungry is good. Try to keep a balanced diet. Of course indulge a little here and there, but try not to every day.
2. Ask Questions
Your OB is your best resource. Ask them anything and everything. You will have numerous appointments throughout your pregnancy. They do this every day but you don’t. Ask anything that crosses your mind. Keep yourself informed from a true medical professional and ask away.
There are so many ways to connect with other moms now. You will find someone who has been through what you are going through if you look. Find a good Facebook group and participate. Go to mommy classes to meet people that are expecting too. Talk to your friends and family that are moms. Just make mom friends. It helps to not be the only pregnant person in your life.
3. Educate Yourself
Get one of those what to expect when you’re expecting books. Download apps on your phone. Do something that will help give you an idea of each week of pregnancy. It is fun to read how your baby is developing. It will keep your stress level down because it will keep you entertained and interested.
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Know Your Opinions
Going forward as a parent there are a lot of decisions to be made. Decisions to do with labor and delivery, with your health, with your baby’s health. More decisions about how to raise your new baby are coming. Start with some research early. Do a little bit at a time. There will be a lot of different things that come up and make you realize you don’t know anything and need to make a decision. Keep calm, and do your research. Your stress level will be more manageable.
4. Be Prepared
Talk to Your Husband
All those opinions you are figuring out? Make sure to discuss everything with your husband. He may have other perspectives you didn’t think of. Something that you don’t care about that much might be the most important thing to him. So don’t leave him out, talk to each other to avoid future stress.
Setup the Nursery
Get everything organized the way that you want it. Make sure you have everything you need. Sometimes when you are setting up you will realize you need something else. Get all the baby items put together and ready to go. Make sure you know how it all works ahead of time. This will all make you feel prepared and avoid stress later.
Don’t cry over spilled milk. Staying calm is incredibly important during pregnancy. Do things that you enjoy. And just do nothing every once in a while to keep your stress level down.
Stay as Comfortable as Possible
Towards the end of pregnancy especially, everything starts to hurt. You can’t reach your feet. Standing makes your legs swell up. Sitting hurts your back. If it’s summer somewhere hot, my heart is with you. Find the air conditioning.
How I Did It
I kept reminding myself that I was made to have babies. It is literally what the female body was created to do. Combined with the fact that women have been having babies since the beginning of time, it was reassuring. I tend to be a very logical person about things like that so this worked for me. I kept that in mind in relation to attempting to do all the other things I’ve listed here, and managed to keep my stress level down throughout my pregnancy.
What worked for me may not work for you. But one or two of these may help you find what does. What do you do to lower your stress level during pregnancy?