Carrying a little human inside of your body for nine months can be very stressful, especially during a pandemic. You worry about your due date, decorating the nursery, and what foods are right for the baby but the subject of your mental state never really comes up. Although for some, therapy would be the ideal that may not be an option for others. So, here are four different ways to manage your mental health while pregnant.
- Stay Moving
For my ladies who aren’t on bed rest a great way to cope with your mental health is by staying active. If it’s a nice day, take a walk in nature. Staying inside 24/7 can make us feel depressed. Fresh air is good on the body and brain. It can uplift your mood, much like working out. A great workout for women expecting is yoga. Here is a link to different yoga poses that you can do at home, or outside! https://humankinetics.me/2019/06/14/24-pregnancy-yoga-poses-for-a-strong-healthy-safe-pregnancy/
If you’re a book worm or just someone who loves to absorb knowledge then this is the one for you. If you are stuck in bed or home with not much to do then grab a book. Any book or even a magazine can help relieve stress and quiet our brains for a little while. If you are interested in learning more about the pregnancy process or what to do when the baby comes then here is a list of great reads for those nine months. https://www.forbes.com/sites/viviennedecker/2020/01/07/best-books-to-read-during-pregnancy-and-the-first-year/?sh=669fce976e23
3. Talk About It
Th easiest way to get rid of some of the clutter in your brain is by letting it out. You can try therapy, talk to a spouse, a relative, or even a friend. If those aren’t options for you or if you want to express your feelings to someone who are in the same shoes as you then check to see if there are any local pregnancy groups. Being able to share your experience with someone who is going through the same exact thing as you is a huge blessing. Not only are you relieving stress but you may also make a few friends along the way.
4. Doing Things That Bring You Joy
Last but not least and perhaps the most simple, doing things that make you happy. Whether that means spending time with your loved ones or painting doing things that we love can help us relieve stress, express our feelings, and uplift our moods.