Coping With Stress While Pregnant

Stress affects us everyday at work, at home, and in public places. But when you are pregnant, this stress is no longer affecting just you – it is also affecting your baby.

While there have been many studies concerning the affects of stress on pregnant mothers and their babies, scientists are still unsure how stress affects the development of the baby. But one thing is for sure, however, you should reduce the amount of stress in your life in order to make your pregnancy less painful.

Exercise

If you can, try to exercise a little bit each day.

You can check out low impact exercises that will stretch your muscles, but will not cause your heart rate to increase too quickly. To begin, you might try out low impact exercises like yoga or even tai chi. Both of these exercise routines, will slowly stretch your muscles, without causing your heart rate to rise to fast.

The deep breathing involved with yoga and tai chi will also help you take in more oxygen and prepare you for the challenging breathing during labor.

Taking short walks each day will also help. It is an easy exercise to do, without the need to attend a scheduled, class.

It is a good idea, to ask your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.

Food

Avoiding foods that are high in caffeine are best when you are pregnant. Your pregnant body and your growing baby are already working hard. Why risk doing any permanent damage?

You should eat foods that are high in folic acid, vitamin B6 and others that will give you and your baby the vitamins and nutrients needed for development. During the first trimester, your baby will develop all of its major organs.

Eating a healthy diet will benefit your baby at this point and throughout your pregnancy.

Breathing Techniques

Slow breathing, stretching, and other relaxation techniques will help you feel less nauseous and will also help keep leg cramps, back pain, and shortness of breath to a minimum.

Reducing stressful situations in your life is also recommended. Possibly, some simple adjustments to your daily routine could make a difference now, and be great habits to start for your mothering days ahead.