As women, we experience anxiety on a daily basis at multiple times—from having body dysmorphia to feeling insecure about the acne that breaks out. But the anxiety and stress explode when pregnancy makes its entrance in our lives. It’s the best time of any woman’s life—but can be very painful and problematic for many of us. The changes that our bodies go through can have a great impact on how we view ourselves and how confident we are.
While stress during pregnancy is a given, there are ways in which you can relieve yourself of it. We’re mothers who’ve been through situations just like you, and can tell you how you can tone all that stress down.
Take Breaks, Take Breaths
When you feel particularly overwhelmed, stop everything you’re doing. Stand in front of a window or in some place that really relaxes you. Breathe in and breathe out, and become aware of your breathing patterns. Just noticing how you breathe will help to put you back on track. Close your eyes and just let yourself go.
Stuck in Traffic
Working women will know the stress that can attack you when you’re stuck in traffic, especially if you’re running late. When you’re pregnant, the stress levels shoot out of you—and you need to keep that from happening. So what you do instead is turn on the radio and listen to some soothing music. As you listen to the calming, slow music, focus on your breathing.
Once again for working women, we know that it can get hectic. You feel like your boss is driving you crazy and you feel twice the usual stress because you’re pregnant. There are small exercises that can help you in such a situation. When you feel that your head will explode as you work away on your computer, get up from your station, and stretch your legs. Extend your arms and stretch them overhead.
Also remember to move your shoulders a little bit and stretch your neck. This is very important if you sit in front of a computer all day because your neck, shoulders, arms, and eyes will be the most stressed out at the end of the day. If your back aches, lean forward in your chair and bring your head bowing down to your thighs, and go back up.
The Clothes Won’t Fit
As the months progress, we come to the stage where you no longer fit into your regular clothes. This will give you some serious stress and perhaps might make you feel negative about yourself. Fight these negative thoughts by feeling your heartbeat and repeating to yourself: I am healthy, I am strong, I am beautiful.
You are and will always be beautiful. Motherhood is a phase which will pass, and you’ll have many opportunities to lose the weight you have right now.