Stress during pregnancy can be more intense than your daily stress as pregnancy itself can be stressful. As a matter of fact, stress is unhealthy for you and your baby because it can increase the chance of preterm labor and underweight in your child. But, the good news is that there are many ways to relieve and deal with stress.
To manage stress during pregnancy, you can try the following tips:
Do light exercises
This is a great way to reduce your stress during pregnancy as they can improve your mood. You can try to build up an exercise routine with some activities such as jogging, walking or swimming. Besides, pregnancy yoga class can teach you how to breathe, relax and meditate. These techniques will help you a lot to control your anxieties.
Don’t stress out about stress
You should understand that it’s normal to feel stressed, especially during pregnancy. Therefore, instead of feeling embarrassment or anxiety, you should keep calm and find out what’s causing your stress to come up with the feasible solutions to address the things that you can control.
Don’t negatively response to stress
People can easily do wrong things when they are under stress. It is quite normal for some people to deal with stress by pushing everyone away, sleeping to forget their problems, skipping meals or eating junk food, even using alcohol and tobacco. These unhealthy ways of preventing stress have a bad effect on your pregnancy and can easily damage your and your child health. If you feel that stress is overwhelming, seek the help of family members or friends to share how you are feeling.
Use time wisely
You should schedule a leisure time for yourself to do things that you enjoy or help you relax. Daily exercises, medicines, massage therapy, deep breathing exercise, even reading a book or listening to soothing music can relief your stress. Also, it is important to learn how to say no to the request from others if they make you feel uncomfortable.
Have a healthy diet
Eating well is good for your mind as well as your body. For example, a healthy diet is high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals can improve your mood, while foods with high omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish and seafood certainly help you to reduce depression. In addition, you should need to know how much water you’re drinking, as dehydration may affect your mood. Dehydration can also make you more prone to headaches. Aim for six to eight glasses (about 1.5 liters) of fluid a day.
Ask for help
During pregnancy, you should surround yourself with love and support, and try to expand your support network of friends and family. If you have problems with sleep, appetite, sadness, crying, not interested in normally enjoyable activities, or pay more attention to the negative issues, and these symptoms almost occur every day for more than two weeks, then you may be suffering from depression. You should go to the doctor for advice.
Prepare for birth and family life
Well prepared and known things beforehand can help you relieve your anxiety and stress. If you’re too worried about the birth process, you should talk to your midwife or doctor first to understand the circumstances and to relieve anxiety. If you’re stressed about your finances, job, relationship or housing, you can find out what financial support you may be entitled to and which organizations and support groups you can contact for advice.
Try complementary therapies
These are so helpful and with various options which are good enough for you try. Massage is a fantastic way to relieve stress. Meditation and positive visualization techniques can help to lower your level of stress, and it is easy to practice them at home.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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