Pregnancy can be the most enjoyable, as well as the most stressful time for a mom. It may riddle you with a lot of worries about the well-being of yourself and your fetus. However, it is important to relax in order to stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. Here are some ways to cope with the anxiety that comes with being pregnant:
- Talk to a friend or a loved one
If you feel anxious during pregnancy, it’s important to tell someone about it. Ideally, sharing your feelings and thoughts with a close friend, partner or a family member can help. You can also ask your doctor to refer you to a trained expert in case your anxiety is affecting your everyday life.
- Keep yourself occupied
When you’re engaged in activities that help to lower stress and anxiety, you feel good about yourself. Physical activity such as exercise, walking, running or yoga can release endorphins which act as a natural soothing agent for your brain. You could also try other exercises that move your body, such as aerobics or dancing, can have a positive effect on your anxiety.
- Exercise your mind
You can also try activities that help your body release endorphins without working up a sweat. These include meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, deep breathing exercises etc. Deep abdominal breathing for 20 to 30 minutes per day can help ease anxiety. Talk to your doctor about the meditation options before you begin.
- Get Plenty of Rest
Although sleep may be elusive during pregnancy, it is very important to make sure you’re getting enough of it. Making it a priority may help significantly with your anxiety symptoms.
- Write it Out
You may not feel like talking about your emotions always. In those times, writing it out may be a good way to release your stress. Start a journal to record your thoughts and feelings without any fear or judgment. This can help you organize and prioritize your worries.
- Talk to your doctor
If your anxiety is causing you panic attacks or affecting your daily life, talk to your doctor about it. The sooner you get help, the better. They may refer you to a therapist and put you on medications if needed. Don’t feel embarrassed about sharing your thoughts and feelings. Your every thought is important.
Remember that anxiety during pregnancy is common and is highly individual. What works for someone you know, may not necessarily work for you. It is important to find out ways to manage your stress and keep your doctor in the loop. If needed, don’t hesitate to seek help. Our doctors at KIMS Cuddles can help you with stress management, as well recommend further course of action.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.