Being pregnant can bring about many different feelings and thoughts. Some pregnancies catch us by surprise, while others have been planned, dreamed of and wished for. It can be a time of many new things. All pregnant ladies are faced with learning what to do, planning what life will be like and hoping to be the best parent they can be. Many women experience anxiety when they are pregnant, since they are faced with so many unknowns. If you find yourself feeling anxious, here are some ways to help you cope.
Talk with Someone – Talk with friends, family and your partner about how you are feeling. Let them know your worries and fears. Getting it off of your chest will help you feel a sense of relief and those around you may be able to offer you some good advice or a shoulder to lean on. When others know you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed it may also make them more understanding and be more willing to help you out with the different tasks you need to get done before baby arrives.
Ask for Help – If you are feeling anxiety it is okay to talk with a doctor or health care professional. If the anxiety that you feel is getting in the way of your normal daily functions, affecting your sleep or causing you thoughts of self-harm seek help from someone right away.
Do Something for You – Take some time to do something for yourself that you enjoy. Read a book, take a bath, watch your favourite movie/show, go for a walk or share a laugh with a loved one. Being able to relax and enjoy yourself, will help melt away some of that anxiety that you have built up.
Exercise – Studies have shown that exercise is a wonderful way to reduce stress and anxiety. Find a type of physical activity that you enjoy and that is safe during pregnancy. Your body and mind will thank you.
Sleep – When people do not get enough sleep, stress hormones like cortisol are on the rise. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night can help to stop these hormones from flooding your body and help you feel well rested and ready to take on the day.
Eat Healthy – Give your body healthy food to fuel it. When we eat poor quality or high sugar foods, our moods can change drastically from big highs and lows in our blood sugar levels. Try and maintain healthy eating habits and some of the anxiety you feel may disappear on its own.
Learn – If you are feeling nervous about the many things you don’t know about pregnancy, arm yourself with knowledge. Go out and take a child birthing class, read a book, prepare a list of questions for your doctor or reach out to other moms who have already had the experience. Asking your questions and having answers to them will help to reduce the amount of anxiety that you are feeling.
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