Tips To Keep Your Pregnancy Stress Free
- Try the ‘toe tensing technique’ which focuses on drawing tension from the rest of the body by tensing and relaxing just the toes.
- Visualisation is also a powerful relaxation tool. It’s really easy, just close your eyes, imagine your favourite place, how it would feel, smell etc. and imagine being there… that’s all there too it!
- Top Tip: a CD may help, there are many relaxing compilations on the market or you could try Mozart! Not only is it great music but during pregnancy it is stimulating to you baby too!
- Breathing is a really is easy way to calm nerves and to relax your body and mind. Try inhaling in through your nose and exhaling out through your mouth, slowly and deeply. For intense relaxation practise your deep breathing and visualization at the same time. Read more about breathing exercises and meditation here
- Getting enough rest is important; those endless trips to the loo become almost clockwork once your baby is almost here. Aim for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night: if you need a nap in the day-time… take one! Remember labour can take a few hours or a few days so do conserve your energy during later months.
- Speaking with other mums about their birth experiences can be such a valuable educational tool and can really help you make your birth plan. I see a birth plan not as a checklist of everything that you want to happen, or has to happen, but more of a useful exercise to help prepare you.
- Try to remember labour is a very VERY personal experience! Some labour stories are funny, some are happy, some are peaceful and others scary. If you develop any fears or anxieties are raised when speaking to others I wholly recommend EFT (tapping). Eft is an extremely effective and very safe treatment.
- As far as nutrition goes it is helpful to look at the basics, but if your diet can change wildly so I would say go with the flow. One of my clients found that during pregnancy and the first 5 months or so post-natal she craved milk (something she totally dislikes and has since childhood). As soon as she stopped breast feeding the craving stopped as instantly as it had started! Read More About Pregnancy Nutrition. Please drink plenty of water. Remember water protects and nourishes your unborn baby. Dehydration can cause premature labour.
Remember, pregnancy is should be filled with ‘you’ time. Spend time with your friends, have a few little treats. Sometimes those hormones can make you feel a little down, so treat yourself, have your hair blow dried for a change, or a few beauty treatments you wouldn’t normally splash out on.
Wise words for the day ”a happy pregnant lady with have a happy content baby”