Whether you’re in the early stages of your pregnancy or you’re reaching the end, you will know all too well the stress that can be put on both your mind and body.
Physical challenges, discomfort and emotional ups and downs are all inevitable, but there are steps you can take to ensure you enjoy your pregnancy by reducing stress levels…
1. Don’t be afraid to say no
When you’re used to running around keeping on top of everything all the time, it can be a challenge to sit back and relax.
Our busy modern lives demand a lot and it’s easy to say yes to everything and start to feel burnt out. You know that during your pregnancy everything else can’t just stop, but throughout this time it’s more important than ever to listen to your body.
Keeping on top of work, your social life and general life demands are important, but rest is essential during pregnancy to keep both you and the baby relaxed. Whenever you can, take the opportunity to put your feet up with a book, or soak in a hot bath with some essential oil (lavender works a treat for relaxation).
You can help try listening to hypnobirthing relaxation music and meditating for 10 minutes at a time. These tools will also come in handy during the birth and help you feel more in control.
2. Eat well and keep moving
During your pregnancy, it’s likely that you will experience hormonal imbalances at one stage or another, and as a result, you may experience mild anxiety while pregnant.
Exercising regularly can provide an outlet for any built up hormones, and also helps make you feel more positive and energetic in general. It’s perfectly safe to exercise during pregnancy, but it is recommended to avoid exercising any more than you did pre-pregnancy (don’t try and run a 10k if you’re not used to running). Try swimming or pregnancy yoga, and get out into the fresh air for a walk when you can.
In addition, eating well will help keep your blood sugars balanced, as well as providing all of the necessary nutrients to the growing baby. Try to eat at last five portions of fruit and veg a day and ensure you are getting plenty of omega-3 found in oily fish and protein and unsaturated fats found in nuts.
3. Prepare for your new arrival
The best way to feel like you’re in control and calm is to prepare for the new journey ahead. If you leave this to the last minute you will cause yourself unnecessary stress and worry, especially if you are worried about the baby arriving a week or two early! When you’ve got the time start preparing everything you need, from clothes and bottles to the nursery and the baby name. Namey can make choosing your baby name simple and joyful – so that’s one less thing to worry about.
Your pregnancy can be a very enjoyable time if you surrender to the process and don’t expect as much from yourself as usual – remember, you’re growing a human and your body is working super hard.
Take time out during your pregnancy when you can to ensure you feel well rested, happy and calm. Stress in pregnancy can have an effect on the baby, and you want to enjoy your pregnancy as much as possible as it’s likely you’ll only do it a few times in your lifetime. Try our tips for a stress-free pregnancy, from start to finish.