Stress during pregnancy is unhealthy for a whole host of reasons and should certainly be avoided as much as possible. For many pregnant women, this is almost always much easier said than done.
The need to work, plan and stay in shape to maintain a certain lifestyle can add increased levels of strain and anxiety for pregnant women.
Here, Hartmann Direct, suppliers of a range of continence care products, points out five essential practices all pregnant women should consider attempting to relieve stress and maintain a healthy state of relaxation.
1.Stop, wind down and accept your condition
For many pregnant ladies, attempting to stop and wind down will be a hard thing to do. It can be common for people today to look negatively at the idea of sitting and doing nothing. So many of us have been hard-wired to keep busy and keep striving for progress that the idea of stopping comes across as a strange and unsettling notion. You may have been the kind of person that hates to stop and do nothing for any amount of time, but now things are very different.
When you are pregnant, your body needs incredible amounts of energy to perform a wide array of constant and complex processes. This activity saps at your strength and demands recovery.
You should try and learn to accept that you need rest frequently and that you will have to make time to quite literally let your body catch up. Some women find it useful to pick up hobbies that require you to sit while allowing you to continue doing something constructive. Knitting, sewing, painting or increased amounts of reading are common and effective examples.
2. Pursue light exercise
Your body’s capability to withstand and endure is heavily impacted by your fitness levels. As your pregnancy progresses your exercise sessions should have to lower in intensity by quite a margin, but generally, light exercise can prove extremely helpful in forcing your body to relax.
Increased levels of light exercise are likely to result in better sleep cycles, which in turn leads to fewer feelings of stress and greater feelings of relaxation. There are also certain endorphins that are released when you work out that help to keep you feeling happy and emotionally sound. Swimming is a great choice of activity as it allows you to feel a sense of weightlessness when your body dips below the water line. Swimming gently is a way to get valuable exercise as well as a brief break from the burden of gravity.
3. Get out for fresh air and sun rays
This might be the last thing on your mind towards the end of your pregnancy term, but in the stages leading up to labour, it’s a very healthy idea. Nothing quite brings relaxation to the soul like a cool breeze, fresh air and small doses of direct sunlight.
When you’re feeling utterly cooped up and a bit claustrophobic about your surroundings, there’s no substitute for getting outside and exposing your skin to some good old vitamin D.
Make use of essential oils like lavender, ginger and mint to ease your morning sickness, combat nausea and tantalise your senses to soothe you into a more relaxed state. Similar to a scented steam shower, many aromatic therapies promise to return your mind and strength to default mode.
Combine aromatherapy with a swim or bath to provide an added level of relaxation. It’s an idea that can easily be incorporated into your daily routines. Have a bowl in your bedroom, in the bathroom or have a few drops infused into a towel to use anywhere else in the house.
5. Babymoon holidays
A babymoon holiday is a break that is specially designed to accommodate the needs of pregnant women. It’s increasingly common for mothers and couples to select locations by the beach, in comfortable resorts and in the country, anywhere that gives you ample opportunity to lay back, soak up the environment and enjoy an abundance of relaxation time will do the job impeccably.
The most important aspect of this idea is that your needs are served. All travel, accommodation and nearby services should be tailored to bring you complete satisfaction and peace of mind throughout the experience.
This post has been supplied by Hartmann Direct, specialists in incontinence solutions and health care. If you can think of any other effective ways to help pregnant women relax and relieve stress then please let us know in the comments below!