Once you get the news that you are pregnant, you become hyper aware of every move. Every bit of nutrition that enters your body also effects the baby. Every move you make effects the baby. Every feeling that you feel effects the baby.
Stress is the hardest feeling to manage. As the saying goes, there is no right time to have a baby, which means many are financially and sometimes emotionally unprepared for when that test reads positive. Bam! Instant stress! Of course, the cruel irony is that the more you stress, the more you stress about being stressed and try to reduce the stress which, in turn, causes more stress. You get me? It’s a mess. Here are some tips to keep you chill so you can focus your energy on growing your baby, and maybe actually enjoy the process.
Get Better Sleep
Why does it sometimes seem like getting adequate sleep is the hardest part of the day? We live in such a fast-paced work-oriented world. Sometimes it seems as if not getting enough sleep is romanticized or is being normalized. I’m not a fan of this mentality. I’ll be clear: not getting enough sleep messes. you. UP. Especially if you are pregnant. Not only will it increase your level of depression an exhaustion, but women who get less sleep often have sicker babies. Studies have shown that your menstrual cycle is closely linked to your circadian rhythm, so if you aren’t pregnant yet and are looking to be, having a crazy sleep schedule could be hindering your fertility.
Let the sun shine on your skin! This will allow your body to create vitamin D. If you have trouble getting sunshine, look for some vitamin D supplements. Not only will this increase your energy levels and boost your immune system, but it will have a drastic effect on your mood. While you’re getting your sun on, go ahead and take your shoes off and put your bare toes in the grass. This is called grounding and it is AMAZING for you. Please follow the link and learn more.
Do something for yourself
There is a pretty big stereotype that pregnant women get whatever they want whenever they want. You and I know the truth, though. There is a lot of sacrifice that comes with pregnancy, and sometimes the responsibility can feel crushing. So, take some time out of those busy 40 weeks to do something purely for yourself. Your needs don’t end just because a child is coming into the picture. Get a fancy foot massage or splurge on a sugary dessert. Anything to help reduce your stress.
Talk it out
Whether your concerns lie with your spouse, your doctor, or employer, the best way to get them out of your head is to confront them head on. Though you may think this will cause you more stress, getting the weight off of your shoulders will be worth it in the long run.
Take some quiet time each day to talk with God about your fears and doubts. Whether you are afraid of an early miscarriage, or worried you won’t be a good parent, there is nothing too big for Him to handle. Take a deep breath and trust that all that will happen is what He wills to happen.