Reduce Pregnancy Stress
Here are 8 positive steps you can take:
1. Rest and focus on your baby
It’s good for you and your baby if you can relax, so don’t feel guilty about it. Take time out to focus on your bump. Chat and sing to your unborn baby. From about 23 weeks, he can hear you! This will also help you to bond with your baby when he’s born.
2. Talk about it
If you have worries about your baby’s well being, or a personal matter, you can always turn to your midwife for reassurance. Don’t be frightened to admit how you are truly feeling. If you are honest, you are more likely to get the support you need. Talk to your partner too.
3. Eat well
Eating well is good for your mind as well as your body. A healthy diet of omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, can lift your mood. Keep an eye on how much water you’re drinking, as dehydration may affect your mood.
4. Take exercise
Exercise can improve your mood. It’s perfectly safe to exercise during pregnancy. If you didn’t exercise before you were pregnant, now might be a good time to start. Make it gentle exercise, though.
5. Prepare for birth
Learn more about what happens during labour by signing up for antenatal classes. If you’re having a planned ceasarean, talk to your midwife or obstetrician about what will happen on the day.
6. Money matters
If you are worried about how you are going to pay for baby clothes and equipment, make a list of the items you think you need. Decide which items you could borrow from friends or family. Make sure you get your full entitlement of maternity leave and pay. Find out about any benefits that you are entitled to, such as the Sure Start maternity grant. If you’re working, find out what support your employer offers by talking to your human resources manager. You can find out more on our rights and benefits pages.
7. Try complementary therapies
Massage is a fantastic way to de-stress. Show your partner our video about how to do a lower back massage and a relaxation massage. If you are using essential oils in aromatherapy massage or other treatments, check they’re safe for use in pregnancy. Meditation and positive visualisation techniques are free, and you can do them anywhere. These are ways of relaxing by concentrating your mind on one thing, and they’re often used in yoga. Try to find a pregnancy yoga class near you.
8. Treat yourself
Laughter is one of the body’s best ways of relaxing. So meet up with friends, watch a funny film or series with someone, or go to the cinema. Pregnancy is also the perfect time to treat yourself to all those beauty treatments you never normally splash out on. If your bump gets too big for you to paint your toenails, have a pedicure. If you’re saving money, create your own mini spa at home. Be nice to yourself. You deserve it.