Pregnancy is one, if not the most beautiful stage a woman can go through in her life. Unfortunately, pregnancy is a time of extreme. You will experience extreme joy at the prospect of having a new baby, but pregnancy also happens to be an extremely stressful time, so you are looking at nine months of an emotional rollercoaster. Its all part of the deal; even the stress is often a normal effect of the hormones that are raging through your system. But you have to keep stress at a controlled level because you have to think of your health and that of your baby.
Here are some tips on how to keep stress at bay during pregnancy:
1. Evaluate your activities. Pregnancy is a time of many changes; your body is changing and your life is also about to change. You are transitioning to becoming a new mother. While youre at it, its high time to change your activities as well.
Evaluate your activities by checking your schedule. Perhaps you lived quite a busy life before. That can be pretty stressful and may even put your pregnancy at risk, so it would be best to slow things down a bit now that youre pregnant. Pregnancy has its way of affecting your mood and making you feel tired all the time, so there will be times when you just wont be productive. So instead of piling up on tasks, choose activities that you can drop or delegate to someone else.
2. Break the bad habits. Whether you really were trying to get pregnant or pregnancy crept up on you, somewhere along the way you will face the need to break your bad habits. What are these notorious bad habits you definitely have to say goodbye to during your pregnancy?
Too much coffee or any other beverage that contains caffeine
One good way of breaking bad habits, even ones that youve had for years, is subliminal programming. Subliminal programming means re-training the mind; it works in two steps:
Removing negative embedded factors in the subconscious
Replacing them with positive thoughts and beliefs
Since this method communicates directly with the subconscious, which is responsible for directing our actions and behaviors, it is more effective than consciously deciding to stop smoking or drinking.
3. Take up meditation. If you havent tried it before, now is the best time to take up meditation. There are many tips and instructions online as well as many books on the subject. You can learn it on your own or join a meditation class. Meditation is the art of emptying the mind to relax both the mind and the body. It can do wonders for the tired body and for the stressed mind. It is also very effective in regulating emotions, which can be hard to control when youre pregnant.
If you have plenty of time to spare, join a yoga class. A yoga class combines physical exercise as well as meditations. Yoga is known to be particularly beneficial for pregnant women; according to studies, it can help reduce pain caused by pregnancy because yoga exercises strengthen muscles and prepares the body for pregnancy.
4. Block the horror stories. Every woman whos been pregnant loves telling her pregnancy stories to non-pregnant or newly pregnant women. Its their way of saying welcome to the club. While good advice is particularly helpful, most women tend to share horror stories, or stories of how stressful and emotional pregnancy was for them. And more often than not, the stories get exaggerated.
You may also use subliminal messages to train your mind to block these negative stories, so you can focus on the positive things about your pregnancy. There are many positive things, too, the biggest of which is the new life inside you, so you wont run out of good thoughts to nurture in your mind.