How To deal With Stress During Pregnancy

Being pregnant can be the most exciting time of your life, but it can be the most stressful also. You are at the mercy of out of control hormones and you worry about the pregnancy, the childbirth, the health of your baby and everything else that comes your way.
When you are pregnant you need to take good care of yourself and your unborn baby. This includes trying to reduce the stress in your life. But how do you reduce stress? This article will give you a few good tips on reducing stress while you are pregnant.
The first thing you should do is to take a long look at your life. How many activities are you involved in? How many hours a week do you work? What are you expected to do around the home?
If you have a full schedule that has you running every minute of the day, you need to slow down a little. Figure out which activities you can drop and try to cut back at work if possible. Learn to say no. Stop feeling like you have to say yes to every request that someone makes of you. The most important thing right now is to take care of yourself and your baby.
If you are the type of person who must feel in control at all times, get ready to give up some control. When you are pregnant you have to realize that things may happen that are not in your control. Morning sickness may be severe. You may have a high risk pregnancy that requires bed-rest. Learn to expect the unexpected while pregnant. It will be good practice for when the baby comes.
Don't listen to the horror stories that other people feel obligated to tell you now that you are pregnant. Every woman has their own pregnancy story and she tends to embellish it with each telling. If you take every story to heart and worry about it happening to you, your stress level will go through the roof, which can be very bad for you and the baby. Only listen to the advice of your health care provider.
Now is a good time to learn relaxation techniques and meditation. A light exercise program under the supervision of your doctor can help with stress also. Make sure you give yourself permission to relax. Read a book, go to a movie, take a nap when you feel tired. You have a tiny life depending on you, so pamper yourself a little.
Give up on being a perfectionist. Do your best but don't let feelings of guilt overcome you for not being perfect. Your house should be clean but it doesn't have to be spotless. You don't have to cook a gourmet meal every night. Give yourself a break.
Being pregnant will be an experience you will never forget. For some women it will happen only once. Reduce the stress in your life, slow down and enjoy being pregnant!

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