Stressed Out? 12 Tips to Help You Deal With Stress During Pregnancy

9 Techniques for Dealing with Stress

1. Trust your own feelings.
Make up your mind that you, and not your husband or your mother or your boss or your friends, are going to determine how you feel about your pregnancy and how you cope with it. Other than your medical care providers, you are the best person to determine what your needs are, how hard you should work, how much you should rest, what you should eat and all other aspects of your behavior during pregnancy. Certainly listen to the advice of both medical professionals and friends and family members that you trust. But don't allow yourself to be made to feel badly by the well-intentioned but often incorrect comments and claims of others.

2. Keep lines of communication open with those you love
, especially your spouse. Your spouse, parents and friends -- unless they are currently pregnant themselves -- will not know exactly what you are experiencing and cannot anticipate what your wants and needs will be. Let them know. Tell them how you are feeling and how they can help. At the same time, you must also be sensitive to the concerns and anxieties your spouse might have, especially if this is your first pregnancy.

3. Don't be a hero.
This is especially important if your work environment is in a traditionally "macho" field. Law, medicine and corporate life often make demands that are simply impossible for a pregnant woman to fulfill if she is to remain in good health and reasonably sane. Discuss with your spouse and your boss what you can and cannot reasonably do, and make adjustments accordingly. Your employer certainly wants you to work as long as you can into your pregnancy. By adjusting your work environment in minor ways, you often will be able to contribute much more to your organization than by following your former rigid schedule.

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