10 ways to manage stress and anxiety during pregnancy

10 ways to manage stress and anxiety during pregnancy

10 ways to manage stress and anxiety during pregnancy

It’s normal to feel a little worried and stressed when you’re pregnant, but for some people anxiety can become a real problem and they will need help.

Here are a few ways according to baby center on how to manage your stress and reduce anxiety at work and at home:

1. Practice saying “no.”  Now’s as good a time as any to get rid of the notion that you can do it all. You can’t, so learn to let your superwoman ideals go. Make slowing down a priority, and get used to the idea of asking your friends and loved ones for help.

2. Cut back on chores — and use that time to put your feet up, nap, or read a book.

3. Take advantage of sick days or vacation whenever possible. Spending a day — or even an afternoon — resting at home will help you get through a tough week.

4. Try deep-breathing exercises, yoga, or stretching.

5. Get regular exercise such as swimming or walking.

6. Do your best to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet so you have the physical and emotional energy you need.

7. Go to bed early. Your body is working overtime to nourish your growing baby and needs all the sleep it can get.

8. Limit “information overload.” Reading about pregnancy and listening to your friends’ pregnancy stories are fine — but don’t delve into all the scary things that might (but probably won’t) happen during your pregnancy. Focus instead on how you’re feeling and what’s happening to you now.

9. Join (or create!) a support group. If you’re coping with a difficult situation, spending time with others in the same boat can ease your burden. Many women create support networks using social media or by joining groups online. Visit the BabyCenter Community to connect with other moms-to-be grappling with similar issues.

10. If you’re under unusual stress or feel like you’re at your breaking point, ask your healthcare provider to refer you to a therapist, who can better assess how strong your anxiety has become and what you may need to do to feel better. Listen openly to what she has to say. Getting help during pregnancy will protect you and your baby from unnecessary risks and reduce your chances of postpartum anxiety and depression.

/Kristiana Laska/

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