Whether it’s your first pregnancy or second, third or beyond, being pregnant can have its fair share of stressors. Plus, you still have to handle your everyday work, home, relationship and other stressors and responsibilities. With heightened emotions and senses, this could be easier said than done. You could be stressed because of higher hormone levels, feeling uncomfortable all of the time, a pre-existing medical condition, the condition of your baby, worries about the future and more.
When you’re stressed during pregnancy, you could have issues sleeping at night (in addition to feeling uncomfortable), increased heart rate, headaches, obsessive thoughts and other physical and mental side effects. It’s not just about you anymore. You want to keep your baby stress-free, too.
If you are finding yourself stressed out beyond your breaking point during your pregnancy, try these methods to help handle stress during your (and your baby’s) nine months. Taking care of yourself, in addition to your baby and others, will aid you tremendously as you try to reduce your stress. Here are some tips from the American Pregnancy Association:
Know what stresses you out the most.
Identify your stress triggers and pay close attention to them. What can you modify? If you can’t make any changes to stressors, try to change the way you handle them. The way you react can make you and your baby more anxious. Take a deep breath and try your best to resume your daily activities.
Meditate and do some yoga.
There’s a wealth of yoga videos on YouTube and other online platforms, if you’re a novice. Taking 20 minutes out of your day to do yoga and meditate could help you decrease stress and focus on the positive aspects of your pregnancy and overall life.
Make sure to get some good rest.
If you’re overtired, anxiety and stress can make themselves right at home, leaving your emotions on edge and stressors magnified. Getting a good night’s sleep can help you and your baby feel your best. And a nap doesn’t hurt, either.
Take time to exercise.
You most certainly don’t want to overdo it, but mild or moderate exercise can help you increase your cortisol levels and decrease stress. It could help you feel less anxious. Even some light housework could help you feel better. Just make sure someone else vacuums and cleans the litter box for you.
Talk with someone.
Talk with your partner about what is stressing you out. Talk with a close family member or friend. Know when to ask for help. An online community targeted to moms like you can also help you, such as MomBloggersClub.com. You will find like-minded blog posts and other information to ease your stress, whether you’re worried about labor and delivery or what to name your new little bundle of joy, or if you’re concerned about the possibility and better understanding postpartum depression. You could also consider speaking with a mental-health professional near you or online. Taking advantage of this type of service can help you sort through your emotions and fears regarding your pregnancy and the future for you and your baby. If you’re feeling comfortable sitting on the couch watching your favorite show on Netflix, you don’t even have to get up. Talk with a professional on your smart phone or computer.