The nine months of pregnancy can be an excruciatingly stressful for women, especially if they are expecting their first child. Since they are faced with different emotions — from being excited about becoming a mother to anxious about bringing the child into the world without any mishaps and surviving mood swings — it can take a toll on the health. So, de-stressing is one of the important aspects that gynecologists stress on while counseling them. While reading books and listening to music are the most common activities that mums-to-be resort to, we give you other interesting and doable options…
Put your legs up and rest
If you are a working woman who also manages the house efficiently, then finding time for yourself will be difficult. So, every minute is precious for you. “You must stop thinking that putting your feet up and doing nothing is a criminal waste of time. You need to rest both your body and mind. Stop stressing over deadlines and unwashed dishes in the kitchen,” says Dr. Vandana Mehra, a gynecologist.
Sweat it out
Yes, you read that right. One of the best ways to de-stress is to release the pent up tension in the body through physical exercises. Yoga trainer Jothi M says, “Of course when your body’s aching and you’re overly tired, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. So, walking on the treadmill and lifting weights is not going to appeal to you. However, gentle exercises can boost your stamina and also help you relax. Maternity yoga, swimming and breathing exercises help you keep calm. What’s more, they will also make labor pain endurable.”
Soak in the sun
Getting fresh air and enjoying the early rays of the sun are great stress busters. If you are one of those who spends most of the day cooped in your home or at work and hardly get time to take in the sights and sounds of the neighborhood, now is your time. Take a stroll in the garden or walk along the shoreline. You will be surprised how refreshed and rejuvenated you feel.
Speak to experts
If this is your first child, chances are, you will have a zillion question about pregnancy. Sharing your concerns with your gynecologist, mother, husband or best friend will make you less anxious. You can also attend counseling sessions, join support groups or attend pep talks to sort yourself out.
Have lots of ‘me’ time
Catch up with family for dinner, go for a film or indulge in a shopping spree. Now’s the time to treat yourself to guilty pleasures in life. Sleep, because your body deserves a break. Also, learn to say no at times and put yourself and your needs above all.
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