Learn relaxation techniques such as visualization and meditation. Spend 20 minutes a day breathing slowly and deeply, progressively relaxing all the muscles in your body.
Get enough sleep. Limit food and drink after 6 p.m. to cut down on nighttime bathroom trips. Go to bed earlier, sleep later or take a nap in the afternoon, if you can. A body pillow may help you sleep better.
Lean on friends and family members as much as you need to. Social support is a great antidote to stress.
See your doctor if stress interferes with your functioning.
- Don’t take on unnecessary stress such as changing jobs or buying a house, if at all possible.
- Don’t obsess about your weight. Gaining 25 to 35 pounds if you begin pregnancy at a normal weight is healthy for you and your baby. A pregnancy weight gain of 28 to 40 pounds if you are underweight, or 15 to 25 if you are overweight, is generally considered safe.
- Don’t worry too much about the pain of labor. Today, you have more natural and pharmaceutical pain-relief options than ever. Plus, millions of women make it through labor each year. If they can do it, so can you.
- Don’t forget that this is one of the most exciting and rewarding times of your life, one that you will remember always. Enjoy!