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pregnancy stressLife is stressful enough without the challenges of being pregnant. Add the pressure cooker atmosphere of the holiday season and you have a recipe for an expectant mom’s meltdown. But there are some simple steps you can take to cope with stress now and anytime during your pregnancy.

The first step is to accept that pregnancy is stressful. It’s okay to share your fears with your partner, because he’s probably feeling stress too. Communicating about your anxiety can help you both feel better.

You can relax by taking a warm bath before bedtime and getting more sleep. One helps the other because a warm bath raises body temperature. As this drops afterward, you’ll jump-start the cool down process that your body undergoes before sleep and that makes it easier for you to drift off.

Find an exercise routine that’s comfortable and safe for you. It could be walking, swimming, yoga, deep-breathing exercises or stretching. Exercise is good for you and your baby and can trigger your brain to release “feel good” hormones.

Cut back on chores and use that time to put your feet up, nap or read a book, but make it a relaxing read because information overload about pregnancy can raise your stress level. Ask for help if you need it and adjust your expectations for what’s clean or complete. You might as well start now because once your baby arrives many of those standards will change as you focus on your child.

Spending time with others who are going through the same thing can be good for you, so join a support group for pregnant women or start your own. An in-person group is great, but you can also create a support network using social media or by joining an online group.

If you work outside of the home, have an honest discussion with your boss about what’s going on with you and your pregnancy. If commuting is stressful, ask if you can work from home for a few days a week. Talk with your healthcare provider about job situations that could impact your health, like long periods of standing during the workday.

The people of Northline Women’s Health Center are your source for clinical care, information and support, so don’t hesitate to ask us about any concerns you might have. We have decades of experience helping women across southeast Michigan with successful pregnancies and we’ll be there for you.

 

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax