don’t think there is enough support out there for mums to be on staying well in pregnancy. By staying well, we mean both physical and mental wellbeing.
Its underestimated just how many women experience stress and anxiety in pregnancy. Couple this with the physical symptoms you experience, and it can make for some pretty low moods to add to the emotional rollercoaster you are on. But, there are many ways in which you can help yourself out of the doom and gloom you may feel and brush away those feelings of guilt (which I know you will have) for feeling down during such an exciting time.
Here are my 11 tips to saying sane in pregnancy, and beyond:
1. GET SOME FRESH AIR EVERY DAY
Spending time outdoors is a natural antidepressant and can take your mind off nausea too.
2. RECLAIM YOUR LUNCH BREAK
It’s the ‘me time’ you are definitely owed and need to claim as a mum or mum to be.
3. GROW YOURSELF AS YOU GROW YOUR BABY
Read a new blog, try a workshop or listen to an interesting podcast.
4. DEEP AND SLOW BREATHING TWICE A DAY
Start and end the day with 5 mins deep, slow breathing to release anxiety and lower blood pressure. Try a mindfulness app such as Calm or Headspace to help guide you.
5. EMBRACE THE NESTING INSTINCT
Create a mood board to keep yourself anchored to your vision for the family environment you want to create.
6. KEEP A JOY JOURNAL
Capture one thing every day that you’re thankful for; to keep you positive and reflect on your journey through pregnancy.
7. EXERCISE REGULARLY FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY
Start with a long walk or yoga class if you haven’t worked out in a while, exercise is proved to help reduce stress.
8. MAKE CORE AND KEGELS A DAILY RITUAL
A strong core will support your baby weight, improve posture and protect your abs and pelvic floor in the future.
9. AVOID SUGAR AND CAFFEINE
Promote balance and calm with herbal teas and wholegrains to get your body off the rollercoaster of stimulants.
10. GET AWAY FROM YOUR DESK EVERY 25 MINS
Your body is working hard behind the scenes growing your baby, so take a break from multi-tasking with active rest.
11. LEARN TO SAY NO
You’re a VIP doing a vital job so put yourself first. Say no to anything that compromises your wellbeing.