Being mother is one of the blissful experiences for every woman. But it is not easy to be a mother. Especially during the pregnancy, women have to go through a lot of anxiety and stress. The stress can be caused by a variety of factors. Avoid stress during pregnancy to shun complications which might have direct impact on your health and your child’s health.
Here are a number of tips that will help you to ward off anxiety and worry.
- Focus on your baby
It’s good for you and your baby if you can relax, so don’t feel guilty about taking some time to yourself. Whenever you get a chance, just pause for a while and focus on your bump.
- Get enough rest and sleep
It is important to have proper rest and sleep. Too much stress on the body can increase mental stress. Listen to your body. If you’re feeling exhausted, take a break or a nap, and go to bed early. Sleep is important for anyone’s mental health and it also supports a healthy pregnancy. Try some of our tips on getting a good night’s sleep while you’re pregnant.
- Talk about it
If you have tension about your baby’s well-being, or a personal problem, talk to someone close possibly your life partner or a close friend or relative whom you trust. Don’t be afraid to admit how you’re truly feeling. If you are honest, you are more likely to get the support you need. Your midwife will have seen it all before, and would rather hear the tiniest of concerns than let you suffer in silence.
- Eat well
Diet is an important part for pregnant women. Eating well is good for your brain, your body and, above all, your baby. Make sure you eat regular meals so your blood sugar doesn’t drop, which can leave you feeling tired and irritable. Have proper water or liquids like juices ad dehydration can leave you exhausted and drained.
- Try gentle exercise
Being pregnant does not mean that you can not move your body. In fact, you should exercise in a mild way so that the body remains functional and active. Also exercise releases feel-good chemicals in your brain. There are many yoga exercises along with swimming which can be very helpful in destressing you.
- Prepare for the birth
You can also talk to your midwife about what to expect, and ask as many questions as you want to. Your midwife can help you write a birth plan that sets out your preferences. You can change your mind at any time along the way, too. Keeping a flexible outlook will help you remain calm even if the birth doesn’t work out exactly as you’d imagined.
- Cope with commuting
Commuting can be a major source of stress, and it gets worse the more heavily pregnant you are.
Unfortunately, the risk assessment that your employer legally has to perform only includes travel that’s part of your job (such as making deliveries), not your daily commute. However, if you have an understanding boss, you could try asking if you can avoid rush hours, perhaps starting and finishing earlier than usual.
Make sure you always sit down on public transport. If nobody offers you a seat, ask for one. Some train operators offer first-class seats to pregnant season-ticket holders if standard-class carriages are full – visit your train operator’s website for details.