Pregnancy and Stress: How to Cope

Pregnancy can be a beautiful time in one’s life as they prepare for their unborn child, but for many people, it can also be a very stressful time. Besides the added stress and tension that comes with all the hormone and body changes pregnancy brings, many people also experience other traumatic events that leave them feeling anxious and worried. Here is a look at some different ways to help deal with stress during pregnancy.

One great way to help relieve stress during pregnancy is to try some prenatal yoga. While not all yoga moves are suitable to try during pregnancy studies are now showing that there are many yoga moves that are perfectly safe and effective to try during pregnancy. Yoga has long been associated with relaxation and bringing the body to a great state of calmness. In addition to helping you with your stress it is also healthy and will help prepare you for your big delivery day. If you are not familiar with yoga or any of the yoga moves that are safe to do during pregnancy there are many pregnancy yoga DVDs available to purchase on web sites such as or that are fairly inexpensive. Another option is to look in your local yellow pages or check with your local YMCA to see if they have any prenatal yoga classes you can enroll in. Even just practicing it for ten minutes a day can really make a difference and help reduce the amount of stress you feel.

Another good way to help relieve stress is to take some time for yourself. Currently being pregnant myself I can honestly say it helps to just get away for an hour or two and head to the local mall and just walk around or even taking a bubble bath at the end of the day with some candles burning. If you have the means and people around to help you it can also be beneficial to get away overnight or for a weekend. Even if it is just visiting a couple of towns away and staying in a hotel can help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world again. Getting away can really help take your mind off of things for a little bit and help you get back to the real world with a brand new prospective and a clear head. It is important to not forget about YOU. Pregnancy can really drain you and you can become so focused on the baby you can neglect yourself. Take a moment to do something for yourself everyday. This can be as simple as taking 20 minutes out to read a chapter of a favorite romance book you have to going to get your hair done. While it is true the baby will be the main focal point of your life you still have to keep yourself feeling good inside and out.

If you are at a point in your life where you are stressed because you do not know where you are going or how the new baby is going to affect your life take a moment to sit down with a pen and piece of paper and re-evaluate everything. First take a moment to write down everything that is bothering you. Next write down all the good things you have going on in your life. Finally you should look at the list of things that are bothering you and think of some realistic ways to try and fix these problems. This can include making a to-do list of things you can do at that present moments to goals you would like to achieve over a period of time. Sometimes just setting a goal and realizing there are solutions can really help lift the stress.

Lastly, if are still feeling the effects of stress do not be afraid to talk to someone. Let your doctor know your feelings and they can help refer you to someone to talk to or reach out to a friend or family member who will listen. Remember you do not have to be a hero and carry everything on your own. Just hearing that everything will be okay can help you get back to feeling right again and help get you ready as you continue your journey to meet your new baby.