It’s no small feat to grow a human and the stress that accompanies this massive responsibility can weigh very heavily on many women. Personal pressures along with societal expectations can often be too much to handle during this time when hormones are at their most vulnerable state.
Here are some natural tips to help manage stress during pregnancy to promote a healthy body and mind for the next nine months and beyond.
Meditation can seem like an intimidating task to many people. But only 10 minutes a day can drastically change your mental health and help you manage your stress. You can join local communities that offer guided meditation groups or utilize one of the excellent guided meditation apps available - Headspace and Calm and two great choices. These apps make meditation approachable, simple, and easy for beginners.
Prenatal yoga has been proven to have many benefits during pregnancy including improved sleep, reduced stress and anxiety, and increased strength and flexibility of the muscles used most during childbirth. Most yoga studios offer a few prenatal classes that also offer a supportive community of like-minded moms-to-be.
3. Magnesium Soaks
Magnesium Chloride has many proven benefits including stress reduction. You can help melt away daily stress with a warm bath and Healthy4You® Magnesium Flakes Body Soak. Adding a dab of lavender oil can further promote relaxation. Check out our previous blog post about the many benefits of magnesium chloride supplements for a healthy pregnancy and baby.
No, it’s not just a thing for preteens and hormonal adolescence. Journaling is a great way to share your emotions about pregnancy and motherhood. Daily journaling has proven effects on mental clarity and health. Having a safe outlet for your emotions can also help you navigate your feelings and relationships with those around you. A fun activity is writing a letter to your future son or daughter that you can read to them when they are older.
We are all familiar with honeymoons, but have you heard of babymoons? This growing trend is a last hoorah of sorts for soon-to-be parents. Your last vacation of total independence and freedom from diapers, tantrums, runny noses, and the kiddie pool. Take a vacation with yourself or partner to bask in quiet relaxation. Trust me, you will look back fondly on this trip a year from now.