Instant De-stressors for Expectant Moms

As much as you'd like your nine months to be a blissful period of relaxation and preparation for parenthood, a little anxiety and stress is inevitable now and then. Don't let your overactive mind get the better of you. When you find yourself worrying, turn to these simple de-stressors for instant mood-lifting magic.

Soothe your sole with reflexology. According to Michelle Ebbin of Basic Knead, for instant stress relief, press the solar plexus (the nerve center of the body) reflex point -- located in the middle of the bottom of your foot -- for 30 seconds. Release and repeat. The spot can elicit calm and help reduce morning sickness! Reflexology is safe throughout pregnancy, but be careful not to stimulate the uterus reflex, located in the hollows just below your ankle bones.

Savor scrapbooking, a favorite activity of actress Lauren Holly. This ritual, allowing you to organize old memories and make room for new ones, can be done alone or with other moms-to-be and is a perfect calming craft throughout your pregnancy.

Bead it: String together a strand of multicolored healing gems for a double-duty de-stressing and bedazzling activity. Making necklaces out of healing stones like amethyst (said to induce serenity and peace of mind) or moonstone (to promote fertility and positive feminine health) is a simultaneously calming and beautifying at-home activity.

Get dirty: Get back to your roots and find a temporary fix for your need to nurture by tending to a garden, which can also help your quest to eat right! Christie Brinkley finds her serenity among savory herbs and vegetables. No backyard? Plant your perennials along a windowsill.

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