A lot of us have visions of the ‘perfect pregnancy’ with mild morning sickness, time to relax and no worries what so ever.

 

And while the so-called ‘perfect pregnancy’ simply doesn’t exist, for a few  of us, our nine months can be very far from what we'd expected it to be like that it can be a little hard dealing and accepting it.

 

Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to make you feel better:

 

Talk about it

If you are struggling with any aspects of your pregnancy talk to someone you trust like your partner, friend or GP. Never be ashamed or frightened to be open and honest with your feelings - you’ll be surprised by how many women feel the same.

 

Understand why it’s happening

If you are experiencing aches and pains a lot earlier than you expected, ask your GP why. Information is knowledge and it will help put your mind at ease. They may be able to offer a solution or treatment for the problem. 

 

Get sleep

It can be hard to stay positive when you are running on empty so make sure you get as much sleep as possible. If you are struggling, listen to soothing music or meditate and schedule in relaxing time into your day. If you are sleep deprived you will struggle to think clearly, become emotional, experience mood swings and be more likely to see the negative rather than the positive. 

 

Stay healthy

Make sure you stay as healthy as possible by eating a well balanced diet and enjoying moderate exercise. This will help you keep your stress levels down and exercise will help release feel-good hormones.

 

Stay positive

It is important you stay as positive as you can and ignore any negative thoughts running through your head. Focus on the good parts of your pregnancy and if you are really struggling, keep your mind on the baby growing inside you. At the end of the day, when all is said and done you will have a tiny baby and everything – both good and bad – will have been totally worth it. 

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