There are so many different things to prepare for when you are pregnant. This should be a time of excitement, right? After all, you are bringing a gift of life into the world, but your anxiety doesn’t always allow it to feel that way. From what to eat to what to wear, the stress can sometimes outweigh the enjoyment. In this contributed post you have been provided with four simple tips to help you learn how to stay stress-free while pregnant so you don’t cause any unneeded harm to you or your baby.
Having a baby is a magical and amazing thing, no matter if it’s your first or your fifth, the whole process is fantastic. But it can also be stressful – particularly for first-time parents. You start to worry about your finances and your living arrangements and when you have to stop lifting things, and if you’re eating the right food for the baby. If you should breastfeed or bottle feed, when is too early to start buying baby clothes, and when is too early to start telling people your amazing news.
You need a whole new wardrobe, as well as one for baby, you don’t know how you’re going to be while pregnant – are you going to be grumpy or tearing, or, most likely, a confusing mix of both? And then you have the actual birthing thing to do – it sounds scary but dealable before you actually have the reality of doing it yourself doesn’t it?
But pregnancy is something to be enjoyed and marveled at – you’re growing a human! And the birth itself can be beautiful and calm, just like the months leading up to it should be. So here are some helpful tips to keep the nine months as stress-free as possible.
It’s never too early
If you want to buy things on the day you find out you’re pregnant then do – it’s a lot better to start buying early so that you can spread out the cost over the nine months, plus you can shop in different sales during that time and get some great deals. Until you know the gender of your baby, buy some natural things – and not just yellow or cream, there are super cute tops in the boy and the girl section that can easily suit any baby.
When you pick up the big things, like cots and buggies, you might want to do it in the safe zone of lifting, unless you have someone or some people, who can help move things around – the same goes for painting the nursery or building flat pack furniture. You will get the urge to nest and build the perfect space for your baby, but looking after yourself will look after baby, so don’t push yourself too hard. It’s also not too early to contact your GP and see the midwife – as soon as you think you’re pregnant – go and get it confirmed.
Each scan is set up at a specific point during the nine months to check up on baby, but you can keep up to date with how baby is doing and growing with sites like pregnancy + health with their blogs like pregnancy symptoms week 3. You can also pick up some baby books that help you keep track of the size of your baby. But remember that every baby is different, and where you might expect your little one to come out the size of a watermelon, they might be smaller than that – but as long as they are healthy, then that’s perfectly fine.
You also have the trimester milestones – the first one you might barely feel a difference apart from a slowly expanding waistline and a few mood swings, where the second one is where baby brain kicks in and cravings start with a vengeance, and the third trimester is glamorous; your bump will grow incredibly quick, your belly button will pop and you won’t be able to keep things tidy below the belly without a hand or some amazing flexibility – so be ready for that!
The simplest of the three tips here is to be informed. Read the books, talk to other moms, ask your midwife all those questions, no matter how silly you think they are. The more you know the better you will feel. And get your partner or birthing partner onboard and researching with you, that way not everything is on you.
Eat right, exercise as much as you normally do, and sleep well – these three things will keep you healthy and so much calmer than skipping them out. Plus, that sleep pattern will go out the window once baby is here, so take advantage!
Chronic stress can already cause harm to our health such as high blood pressure or heart diseases. When you are pregnant, stress can increase your risk of having a premature or low weight baby. So doing everything you can to prevent and reduce stress during your pregnancy is very important.
Though there are many reasons to be anxious during a pregnancy you do not want to put your child at risk due to unnecessary emotions. Taking the time to plan so you can enjoy your pregnancy is beneficial to you and your babies health.
By taking the time to get educated it will not only ease any anxiety you may have during your pregnancy but it will help you to be prepared for the care of your newborn.
Have you ever experienced stress during your pregnancy? Was there anything you did to help ease your stress? Feel free to share your experiences below!