Dealing with Stress in Pregnancy

Dealing with Stress in Pregnancy


Pregnancy is a time of stress for everyone. There’s a lot of transitions that are happening. You might be going from two incomes down to one and that can cause financial stress and in every relationship the
addition of a new baby means that things are going to
change a little bit so a certain amount of stress is normal. It’s about identifying when
the stress gets too much. When you notice that you are stressed one of the easiest things that you
can do is to calm your breathing. So breathing four seconds
in, four seconds out and just slowing that breathing gets the
whole body into more of a relaxed mode from the more aroused
and keyed up state. Light exercise is great in pregnancy so going on a walk or
doing some yoga anything that you find relaxing. If that’s not the sort of thing
that you find relaxing then maybe reading a
magazine or going to a cafe just doing something where you
prioritize your own time and have a little bit of a break from
thinking about everything else in life. If you have trouble saying no you might want to enlist a gatekeeper
in pregnancy to say no for you so either a partner or a family member who
can say no to different invitations that might be overwhelming for
you – calm your calendar down. Talk to your employer if you’re
finding that the work is too stressful. One of the most important things in a
stressful pregnancy is social support so finding friends that you can connect
with and talk to about your concerns or you might find that going online and
finding a birth club or a birth group who are going through similar
things is really helpful for you. If you’re finding that the
stress is overwhelming the first step is to see your GP who can refer you to a psychologist
in order to address this stress.

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