The Gift Of Liquid Gold
This means looking after yourself, feeling rested and relaxed, and finding healthy ways to relieve stress and anxiety. The idea is to feel better yourself and thus help the pregnancy develop optimally.
Once again, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, as this provides sustained release of healthy building blocks from which you will feel better than if you eat junk food (just watch the movie Supersize Me!). Not only will you be more alert, but also, your baby will have healthy building blocks with which to grow.
Get enough sleep, as the less sleep we get, the more stressed we are. Ensure that you have comfortable pillows or even a body pillow. Perhaps treat yourself to nice new sheets and a relaxing bath and music before bed. To minimise heartburn when lying down, avoid eating up to one hour before bed. Once your “bump” is getting bigger, you may find it much more comfortable to sleep on your side.
Once again, regular exercise is a great way to help cope with stress and will (after a few weeks of sustained exercise), give you more energy for life’s tasks. It should also leave you more tired and relaxed at bedtime. Avoid exercising just before bedtime, as it may prevent you falling asleep. Relative fitness in pregnancy can also help ease labour pain and alleviate some of the anxiety in labour and birth.
You may wish to try other stress-reduction techniques, including yoga or meditation. Make sure that you seek professional advice and that the classes are aware that you are pregnant. Some women find that aromatherapy is useful, but again, get qualified advice.
One good exercise is our prenatal yogilate which combines both yoga and Pilate movements to help reduce pregnancy anxiety and ease labor pain. Our instructor will provide breathing tips that will be excellent to adopt during delivery and much more.
Massage therapy is another way of alleviating stress but make sure that the therapist is qualified and knows you are pregnant. Saunas and hot pools are not advised, as raising your body temperature for a prolonged period is not good for your circulation, or the baby. Talking with your partner and planning for the forthcoming physical, emotional, and financial changes in your lives is very worthwhile, and can help you to work through your anxieties.
At Beauty.Mums & Babies, our prenatal massage definitely helps to rid away those stress and pregnancy related woes like backache, water retention etc.
If you can afford to, try and reduce your workload. Carrying a baby (or babies!) for 40 weeks is a lot of hard work. Accept the help that may be offered by workmates, family and friends. If you find you are getting very stressed about the impending birth, ask your lead maternity carer for advice. Most of the time he or she will be able to alleviate your worries and support you.
Antenatal classes are designed to empower you with the knowledge required to cope with the fear of the unknown. If you find there is anything that only makes you more worried, feel free to ask any of our team members more detailed questions.
Take time out for yourself. Looking after your well-being is much more important than housework. The first and last trimesters of pregnancy, in particular, can be very tiring.