Simple Ways To Unwind And De-Stress

Women stress about a lot of things during pregnancy ("I drank wine before I knew I was pregnant!" "What if my birth plan doesn't pan out?") But endless stress fests aren't good for a pregnant women or her baby. Relax!

Pregnant woman relaxing with meditation

Practice the art of distraction

When you begin to worry about something, take a break from what you are doing. Take a walk, read a book for 20 minutes or call a friend to chat about what's going on in her life lately to distract you from worrying. Don't get caught up spending useless minutes or hours stressing over your pregnancy.

Get a massage

According to the American Pregnancy Association, prenatal massage not only reduces anxiety and decreases symptoms of depression, but it also improves labor outcomes and newborn health. Regular prenatal massages help regulate your changing hormones, resulting in lower stress levels and higher levels of dopamine and serotonin (the happy hormones!).

Meditate

Clear your mind and meditate in a quiet room for a few minutes at the beginning and end of each day. The practice of meditation leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation, reduces emotional distress and helps you focus on living in the present instead of worrying about something that may in fact never happen.

Get some sleep

Being plagued with worry disrupts your ability to get a good night's rest. While sleep aids are not an option for pregnant women, a natural remedy like exercise leads to better sleep. Don't exercise too close to bedtime, however, or you may be too wired to rest. Find time in the morning or afternoon to exercise in the name of a sound sleep session!

Vocalize your concerns

You may have a million concerns that go through your head each day about your pregnancy and your baby on the way. If your concerns are distracting you from your job or schedule, it may be time to speak to your doctor. If you have had health problems in the past or are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor has advice to help you deal with your justified stressors. If you are stressed about a particular issue, like fear of labor, have an open conversation with your doctor about what you can do to relieve your fears and put your mind at ease.

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