We all know that stress is no good for any of us at the best of times but during your pregnancy you need to do everything possible to help reduce the amount of stress on you and your baby. We have compiled a list of the top 5 way to help you reduce stress during your pregnancy.
Get enough sleep & Rest
When you are pregnant it is important to look out for the signs of exhaustion and really listen to your body. If you are feeling tired do not feel guilty for taking a nap in the middle of the day. It is also important to make sure that you are setting a regular routine and going to bed early. This way your body starts to adapt to getting the additional sleep that it needs. If you are struggling to overcome your sleep problems there are a ton of resources out there online that will guide you on how to overcome sleep problems.
Maintaining a balanced diet
Another of the most important factors when pregnant is that you maintain a balanced diet, without this you are setting yourself up for 9 months of stress and tiredness. Maintaining a balanced diet throughout your pregnancy not only helps you maintain yourself and keeps you stress free but also sets your baby up for the best possible start in life. Planning meals in advance is a great way to ensure that you are able to maintain a balanced diet throughout your pregnancy.
Getting in the right mindset
Ensuring you know the correct information can be one of the easiest ways to help you relax when you are pregnant. Gone are the days when you are contemplating when your due date will be thanks to online pregnancy due date calculators and other cool resources. This helps keep your mind and rest and give both your mind and body the rest that you need at this crucial time.
Now we wouldn’t recommend going and having a 6 hour tennis match with roger federer (That would be stressful & tiring even when you are not pregnant) What we would recommend is doing some light exercise to help keep both your mind and body fit. Many mothers to be love to indulge in some gentle yoga and even go along to classes for mothers to be. This is a great way to keep healthy as well as meeting other like minded mothers to be.
Make time for you
Making time for yourself is one of if not the most crucial factor in remaining stress free throughout your pregnancy. Just because you are carrying your child doesn’t mean you should no longer make and allow time for you to do the things you enjoy… within reason. You should steer clear of any activities that can be harmful for your baby. No matter if its meeting friends for a chat or sewing/knitting some baby clothes you must make time for yourself.
Ultimately you need to do what feels right for you and your baby as long as it is safe to do so. Many mothers to be also find it helpful to speak to a counsellor or someone close to them to discuss any of their worries and get them out in the open.