We all know that stress and pregnancy don’t mix and while it is a lot easier said than done to reduce feelings of anxiety or being under pressure, it is important to at least ease it up somewhat.
If you are struggling to deal with your stress, there are plenty of things you can do to help.
If things at work are starting to get on top of you, now is the time to ease up the pressure. Talk to your boss about your workload, they might be able to ease the pressure somewhat or even help you spread the load a little. If you are not working and it’s your home life that’s getting you down, talk to your other half about how to sort things and what is troubling you. Whatever you need to do take control of your life.
You need to be realistic about how much work you can take on. If you are always the one in work saying yes to assignments and deadlines or you take on more than you can handle at home, now is the time to say no. You need to look after yourself, rest and get ready for baby.
Know your baby
One of the most stressful things about pregnancy is not knowing what is going on inside your body. Talk to your midwife or GP about any concerns and don’t keep questions to yourself, no matter how stupid you might think they are. There is no point worrying yourself over something that can easily be answered.
Know your limits
If you were the type of person who kept going until they nearly fell over prior to getting pregnant, now is the time to change. You need to look after your baby and pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion is not going to be good for either of you. Get to know your limits and when you reach them take a step back.
Be open and honest with your feelings
It is important you are open and honest with your family and friends about how you are feeling. If you are worried, tell them; if you are scared, talk to someone. Feeling anxious does not make you a bad mother, it makes you human so don’t be afraid to be honest.
Put your feet up, ask someone to watch your other children, get someone else to cook dinner or take a day off work - anything that will give you time to relax. And don’t feel guilty about it.