Pregnancy can be a beautiful experience, but the negative side effects can prevent it from feeling
that way. If you’re experiencing a rough patch in your pregnancy, there are many ways to help
ease the stress and physical discomfort. After all, pregnancy is a sacred time that allows you to
bond with your unborn baby, and it’s meant to be as easy and joyful as possible.
Visualize and Mediate for Stress Relief
There is a lot of anxiety associated with being pregnant; many women fear their child won’t be
healthy, or they feel as though they aren’t taking good enough care of themselves. To help calm
their frantic minds, many women are starting to turn to meditation and other calming methods
in order to relieve stress and carry a more positive mental state throughout their pregnancy. By
meditating and focusing your energy on positive, ideal, and tranquil thoughts and ideas, you can
help stabilize your mind and experience a reduction in stress. That’s good news for you and your
baby as stress is harmful to a developing fetus.
Visualization is another helpful tool to help reduce fear and anxiety. Try visualizing how your
ideal pregnancy would turn out, and daydream in detail about the wonderful experiences you
and your baby would have. Turn the lights off, put some peaceful music on, and be alone with
your thoughts. Human minds tend to always imagine the worst case scenario, so try your best
to do the exact opposite. See your baby getting his/her first tooth, receiving compliments on the
beautiful christening gown he/she is wearing at the ceremony, and walking for the first time.
These things will feel much better to focus on than all the imaginary traumatic events your mind
Manage Mood Swings
A balanced diet can have a huge impact on mood swings during pregnancy. Your body can be
deficient of many nutrients due to your body absorbing more (you’re eating for two) causing
emotions to feel more out of hand and irritability to reach new heights. B vitamins are vital
because they aid in concentration and balanced mood levels. Depletion of these vitamins can
lead to increased depression and low energy levels, so make sure you’re getting an adequate
amount. However, getting too much of certain vitamins (including the B vitamins) can be
harmful, so ask your physician to help you balance out your diet.
Not only is it important to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients, but it’s also important
to make sure you’re eating enough in general. Doctors recommend eating frequent meals
throughout the day. Pregnant women are more likely to have a drop in blood sugar, and that can
cause irritability and mood swings as well.
Exercise can help relieve stress and calm the mind. Pregnant women should never do anything
too strenuous, but look into a yoga classes designed specifically for pregnant women. Taking
any prenatal class is also a good way to meet women going through a similar experience, and
sometimes having someone to relate to is the best way to ease tension.
Ease Morning Sickness
Many women experience morning sickness at the beginning of their pregnancy due to changes in
hormones, low blood sugar levels, and a heightened sense of smell. Nothing is worse than feeling
nauseous, but there are many ways to ease the discomfort.
Adequate rest is helpful to lower stress, but it’s also been shown to reduce stomach pains. Take
frequent naps and make sure to get the recommended eight hours of sleep every night. Some
women have found that keeping whole wheat crackers by their bed helps at night, so in case
they wake up feeling like their blood sugar is low, they have a snack right by their bed. Keeping
snacks by the bed is also helpful because it allows for you to stay in a restful position, and
getting up too quickly can lead to an upset stomach.
As far as diet goes, stick to eating bland, plain, and cold foods as warm, spicy foods are more
likely to trigger a negative response due to the odor of the food. Also, make sure you’re getting
enough fluid; dehydration is a big contributor to nausea.
Ginger root and peppermint are naturally strong anti-nausea remedies. Peppermint tea has been
used for years in other cultures to eliminate stomach pain, and it’s being utilized more and
more in western medicine. Acupressure bands are another drug free option to reduce digestive
discomfort. They work by keeping continuous pressure on the Nei-Kaun point on the wrist, a
point that has been proven to reduce nausea.
There are many positive aspects about being pregnant; however, there are a few obstacles as
well. Morning sickness, mood swings, and increased stress and anxiety levels can all take away
from the wonderful feeling, but there are some tricks to help combat the discomfort. Therefore,
you are free to soak in every last second of the precious experience of carrying your baby.
Rebecca Jensen is a freelance writer who loves writing about fashion, family life, and preserving
memories. She currently writes about christening dresses and christening gowns for boys for the
handmade christening gown company, www.christeninggowns.com.