You’re getting bigger, much more easily tired and heavily nauseated. Sleep is eluding you every night and it’s all taking a big toll on your body and brain. Pregnancy stress can be pretty overwhelming and it’s worse in the early stages when you take time to get used to the idea of being ‘two people’ all the time. But chill, there have been bigger troubles and we’re sure you’ve braved them all. As easy as it is said that one should avoid stress during pregnancy, it is actually such a part and parcel of modern living that most of the times we don’t even realise we are stressed till an anxiety attack befalls us. While it is impossible to control this, there are a couple of things we can do to bring sanity back into our lives…
- Meditation: Find somewhere peaceful and quiet and settle into a comfortable position. Focus on your breathing , breathing deeply and slowly makes a conscious effort to release tensions and worries with each exhalation.Once you are settled you can use any number of meditation techniques: perhaps focusing on your baby sending it extra oxygen and thinking positive about meeting your baby in future.
- Eat a healthy diet: Eating well is good for your mind as well as your body. Eating a healthy pregnancy diet means you’ll get all the nutrients you and your developing baby needs.
- Rest: When you are pregnant you need to take rest to relieve the physical stress on your body and to give your mind a break. Listen to your body , if you are feeling exhausted go to bed early. Your body is working hard to nourish your baby and you need all the sleep you can get.
- Keep yourself happy: Laughter is one ofthe best way of relaxing. Doing something for yourself will make you feel good, and, of course, it’s not just for you, because the better you feel the better it is for your baby. Many women find colouring, sketching, singing, playing with pets, lying on the grass, walking down a beach as the best stress-busters. Find out what makes you happy and do it.
- Spa Therapies: Spa therapy is a fantastic way to de-stress.You’ll need to make sure that what treatment you opt for is safe for pregnant women.