stress-during-pregnancy.jpgStress is common for anyone, and comes in a variety of forms, from a
variety of causes.  We all know that stress has very negative effects on
our health. When you are pregnant, your health becomes more of a
priority than any other time in your life, and therefore, you need to be
aware of how to appropriately handle stress, and how to relieve it.

Common Pregnancy Stresses
It does not matter if you have planned your pregnancy and how wanted your child is.  Either way you go, stress is going to hit you.  Accepting that a stress-free pregnancy is not going to happen is the first step in making sure that you know how to handle the stress.  The common stresses during pregnancy are the same you experience any other time, money, work, etc. with the addition stress of making sure that you take care of yourself, and that you are prepared for when the baby comes.

Before you can appropriately handle the stress, you should first determine the cause of the stress, and do what you can to eliminate it from your life.  If you cannot eliminate the cause entirely, try to develop a plan to tackle it so that it becomes less stressful.  For example, if your stress is financial, create a budget, and sit down with your partner to make sure that it is a budget and plan that you can stick to. In the mean time, you’ll want to look at some of the healthy ways to handle the stress.

Healthy Ways to Handle Pregnancy Stress
If stress has got you down, you can try several different things to help you feel better and keep it from negatively affecting your health and pregnancy. 

  • Talk it out. Find a person that you can trust and vent.  Make sure that this person can help keep you positive and upbeat. 
  • Try a prenatal yoga class. Yoga promotes relaxation and clarity. It is also a good way to exercise during pregnancy. 
  • Try breathing exercises and meditation.  This is a great way to relax.  Breathing deeply in a quiet environment will help you get rid of the stress that is driving you crazy.
  • Get plenty of rest.  Rest is important for everyone all the time, and becomes even more important as your body is working overtime to take care of you and your unborn child.
  • Pamper yourself.  Take lots of opportunities for candle lit bubble baths, massages, manicures and pedicures.  Taking time for yourself is a great way to relieve stress and having a newborn child will certainly cut down on your time for yourself!  Stock up before the baby arrives.

Now that you have the tools you need to relieve your stress, you should put them to use whenever you see the chance.  The more your use these techniques, the better off you are.  The better off you are, the better off your unborn baby is.  It is most definitely a win-win situation for everyone involved.