Stress is directly linked to illness and fatigue. The holidays are a time of great stress for some people. While pregnant, you need to pay close attention to stress levels; minimizing stress is important to your health and the health of your baby.

Take and Maintain Control of Your Life
One of the main causes of stress is loss of control. Maybe someone expects more of you than you can currently give or a family member is constantly asking for your help when you know you are just too tired and stressed to give them the help they need. If you take control of your life and put yourself first, you are less likely to feel physically and emotionally stressed. If denying other people that control over your life and time causes stress, try to find a common ground. For instance, if a family member wants you to babysit while they shop for the holidays, agree to babysit, but make sure your spouse or other family member is available to help during that time to ease the stress.

Taking control of your life is also about letting go of that feeling of obligation. You need to listen to your body during pregnancy. Just because a family member or friend invites you to some holiday party or get together, don’t feel obligated to go. Be honest and tell them you are feeling a little under the weather and take a rain check. Remember, you’re pregnant so they’ll likely understand.

Talk About Stress and Emotional Feelings Before They Get Out of Control
Leaning on a friend, family member or spouse is the best way to get out those negative feelings that often cause stress. Sit down for a cup of hot tea at your favorite coffee shop and let go of everything that’s bothering you during the holiday season. Don’t be afraid to talk about money issues, pregnancy issues and emotional issues with the people closest to you. If you allow negative feelings to build-up, your stress levels will reach an all-time high.

Leave the Holiday Shopping Behind and Shop Online
Shopping is one of the most stressful events during the holiday season. With tons of people flocking to purchase gifts, you may find yourself trekking from store to store with stress levels building with each trip. With your holiday gift list in hand, use the Internet to find everything you need. There are no crowds in Internet stores and you may find special deals not available anywhere else.

You owe it to yourself to enjoy the holidays just as much as everyone else. Pregnancy creates a unique set of physical limitations and emotional responses to stress that need to play an important part in how you deal with the holidays.