Alright, so you get that positive pregnancy test…what do you do now? The 10 mile long to-do list, might make your stress level go through the roof! But how can you relieve stress during pregnancy to make your 9 month journey relaxing and enjoyable?
If you are wondering what the answer to that question is, then you have come to the right place, keep reading to find out 17 ways to relieve stress during pregnancy!
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Stress During Pregnancy: How Does It Impact Mom?
Pregnancy is stressful all around. You constantly feel uncomfortable, no matter how you sit or lay, and there are so many things you need to accomplish before your due date rolls around.
So small levels of stress are normal, and shouldn’t have any impact on mom during pregnancy. However, high levels or stress or long-term stress can cause high blood pressure and heart disease.
During pregnancy, your body is already stressed, with all of the changes that are occurring, so it is important to keep your stress levels down, and try to stay as relaxed as possible.
Stress During Pregnancy: How Does It Impact The Baby?
This question is difficult to answer, because if something does happen to the baby, it is hard to tell if it was caused by stress that mom was enduring.
Stress is a very hard thing to measure, so it is near impossible to tell exactly how much stress mom is dealing with, and how it has impacted the baby.
However, some studies indicate that stress during pregnancy can impact brain development in the baby.
1. Make Time For Yourself
Growing a human is not any easy task. It is emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausting!
Once the baby is born, you will never get sleep again, and you will spend every second of every day (and night) catering to the needs of your newborn.
Make sure to schedule time for yourself every day during your pregnancy, because let’s face it, you deserve it!
Whether you need a spa day, a massage, or even just sleep, make sure you take time to do this.
You have every reason in the world, to sit down, kick your feet up, and watch TV for the entire evening.
And don’t you ever feel guilty for needing to take to yourself.
2. Exercise and Stay Healthy
One big mistake people make during pregnancy is gaining too much weight (myself included).
The more weight you gain, the harder it is going to be to get up and moving. When you can’t get up and move around easily, the more stressful completing tasks becomes.
The more weight you put on during your pregnancy, the higher chances you have for getting Preeclampsia and Gestational Diabetes. Dealing with these pregnancy health issues can add a tremendous amount of stress during pregnancy.
Pregnant or not, eating greasy fried food turns you into a bump on a log. Make sure to eat healthy foods that give you energy.
To plan your healthy pregnancy, make sure to check out The Fit and Healthy Pregnancy Guide.
3. Prepare For Changes To Your Body
Many pregnant moms are shocked at how pregnancy actually changes your body, and this can be stressful to watch these changes happen.
Like I said before, make sure to eat healthy and track the weight you are gaining.
Stretch marks are bound to happen during pregnancy, so start using stretch mark creams the day you find out you are pregnant. The best stretch mark creams are:
4. Buy Maternity Clothes
Trying to squeeze into your pre-pregnancy clothes can make you feel uncomfortable when they are about to pop at the seams.
Getting ready to leave the house, and trying to look at least somewhat presentable during pregnancy can be challenging.
Make sure to get a maternity wardrobe that will last during your entire pregnancy, so you can feel good about yourself.
You wouldn’t believe how much this can relieve stress during pregnancy alone.
The best place to buy maternity clothes is Figure 8 Moms! This shop has everything needed for pregnancy fashion and motherhood fashion for all seasons.
5. Reach Out To Other Moms
Find other moms that have been there and done that. They will be able to give you the best advice on your concerns and questions during pregnancy.
Moms that have been through the exact same thing you are going through, will be able to tell you if you are worrying for no reason, and they might be able to give you tips on how to deal with your issue.
If you have any pregnancy question, reach out to me on the contact tab, and I will try my best to help! I am always looking for lovely women to chat with!
6. Get On The Same Page With Dad
Although it might seem like the stress during pregnancy has to fall completely on mom, there are plenty of ways that dad can help during pregnancy. Make sure to check out Dad’s Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy for more tips for dad during these 9 months.
Dad should be involved in the planning of: baby names, nursery ideas, creating a baby registry, packing a hospital bag, and everything in between.
If you and dad are on the same page, you will be able to lean on him and ask for help, when your pregnancy does start to seem overwhelming.
Also, make sure to check out 12 Labor and Delivery Tips For Dad.
If you take away anything from this post, make sure it is this one!!
7. Ask For Help
If tasks around the house are piling up, your just too tired to do anything, or you have an older child that you need help keeping entertained, ask for help from friends and family members that you trust.
People understand that stress during pregnancy can be exhausting and pretty much impossible to deal with (especially people that have kids, and have been through it before).
If you reach out to someone for help, I can almost guarantee you that they will help your through it!
8. Get A Planner
There are so many things that need to be done before a baby arrives for both mom and baby. Get a planner to track your to-do lists. When everything is written out on paper, or typed out, it is easier to see what needs to be done.
If you do not track your baby to-do list, the ideas will just keep circulating in your head causing more and more stress as the weeks go on.
9. Decide Early On How And When You Are Going To Announce Your Pregnancy
A lot of people say that they do not care what other people think, but yet most people are still bothered by what other people say about them.
Trying to hide a pregnancy, or decided on the right time and way to announce a pregnancy can add stress to those first few months of pregnancy.
Talk with your partner and decide when and how you are going to announce your pregnancy.
When you do make the decision to announce your pregnancy, you will have more people to reach out to get advice from regarding stressful issues you are facing in your pregnancy.
Check out all of these awesome pregnancy announcement ideas!
10. Schedule Appointments In Advance
Throughout your pregnancy, you will spend an unbelievable amount of time at hospitals and doctor’s offices.
This can definitely add a lot of stress during pregnancy, especially if you have a lot of other commitments.
If you are working, and have to schedule appointments during business hours only, it can seem near impossible.
After your first appointment, you can schedule out the rest of your appointments for your entire pregnancy.
This will allow you to make any arrangements you need to make with a job or raising other children.
This also ensures that you will be able to get your first pick when it comes to appointment dates and times.
11. Create A Nursery
So many parents are so concerned about being able to complete a nursery by the time that the baby arrives.
This was definitely me! This was one of the biggest things that caused stress during my pregnancies. With my first pregnancy, I was induced 4 weeks early, and my husband was putting the finishing touches on our sons nursery the day I was admitted into the hospital.
Because of this, I was so stressed out that I was going to go into labor early with my second pregnancy (which I did.)
If I could go back and change anything I would definitely have gotten started on planning my children’s nurseries sooner, and avoided al the stress that comes with waiting until the last minute.
12. Clean Your House
If your house is already spotless, you can just go ahead and skip right over this one. But if you are like me, your house will probably need some cleaning and organizing before the baby is born.
Nesting is a real thing, and it might not hit you until the second half of your pregnancy. If you wait until the end of your pregnancy to start cleaning and organizing before the baby is, you are going to add a lot of unneeded stress into your pregnancy.
Plus, it is much harder to get on your hands and knees and clean when you are eight months pregnant compared to four months pregnant.
13. Stock Up Your House
Stockpiling your house before the baby is born, might not be something that is stressing you out right now. However, when you have to keep running to the store when you are nine months pregnant or when you have a newborn baby, you might just lose your mind.
Make sure to stock up everything around the house as early as possible. Some things to stock up on are:
- Toilet Paper
- Cleaning items
- Shower Items
- Paper Towel
- Laundry Detergent
- Dish Soap
- Postpartum Pads
14. Plan For Your Hospital Stay
The fear of labor and delivery can cause stress during pregnancy from day one. Make sure you plan for your hospital stay as early as possible. The more prepared you are for labor and delivery, the less stress you will have leading up to this moment.
Sign up for a hospital tour, birthing classes, and write a birth plan. Read 50+ Shocking, Gross, and Weird Things About Labor and Delivery.
Make sure you make arrangements for a house sitter, pet sitter, or baby sitter (if you have older children). If you are nervous about labor and delivery, you will want your partner by your side throughout the entire process. So make sure they do not have to keep running home to check on things during your hospital stay.
15. Prepare For Breastfeeding Or Pumping
Many first time moms either: A) are completely terrified of breastfeeding and have no idea what to expect, or B) think that they have it all figured out, and they get a rude awakening when breastfeeding or pumping is not as easy as it seems.
Breastfeeding and exclusively pumping are not easy tasks. They each come with their own set of challenges.
Make sure to research and be prepared for feeding your baby, before you go into labor.
Check out Milkology and everything it has it offer. There are three classes you can enroll in today.
- The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class
- The Ultimate Back To Work Pumping Class
- The Ultimate Exclusively Pumping Class
It is never to early to enroll these courses, because you will have access to them forever. You can check out the course early in your pregnancy, and then rewatch the course after your baby is born.
The best part is, you never have to leave the comfort of your own home.
I cannot recommend these courses enough. I thought breastfeeding and pumping was going to be easy, but both times around I was WRONG.
Within the first few months of trying to exclusively pump (the first time), and breastfeed (the second time), I lost so many hours of sleep, wanted to scream out of frustration, and thought about giving up every single day.
It wasn’t until I came across the Milkology courses that I finally understood how to breastfeed and pump like a pro!
16. Plan Maternity Leave
As soon as you announce your pregnancy, it is time to tell your boss. Make sure your boss hears the news straight from you.
Many companies make moms jump through many hoops to plan their maternity leave, so make sure you get started as soon as possible.
If you plan your maternity leave early, you will feel all of the weight being lifted off of your shoulders.
If you are considering being a stay-at-home mom, make sure to read How To Save Money For The Stay-At-Home Mom, so your family can learn how to live off of one income.
Also, if you are planning on becoming a stay-at-home mom, read Is Being A Stay-At-Home Mom Really A Job?, so you know what to expect when you start staying home with your baby.
17. Plan For Childcare
If you are planning on going back to work, it is never to early to start looking into daycares.
You will want to make sure to check out multiple daycares to compare the prices and environments.
Deciding on a daycare can be one of the biggest challenges of becoming a new parent, because you are trusting another person to care for your precious, innocent, little bundle of joy.
Once you find a daycare that you trust, this will relieve a ton of stress during pregnancy, knowing that your baby will have a safe place to go during the day when you return to work.
Try these 17 ways to relieve stress during pregnancy, and let me know if it helps you!