5 Self-Care Tips to De-Stress Your Pregnancy

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Self-care has become something of a buzzword lately. Not only are there a plethora of books and blogs about it, but companies are starting to incorporate it into their culture. Oprah has even talked about it! As a society, we are beginning to realize that to be good to other people, we need to be good to ourselves. As an expecting parent, this hits especially close to home.

It’s no secret that pregnancy, while beautiful, can be extraordinarily stressful. There’s so much to do, the clock seems to run faster and faster, and your body allows you to do less and less. Because of this, self-care is just as important, if not more, for expecting mothers. Weekly massages and mani/pedi’s may be out of the question, but there are some small, simple steps you can take to de-stress your pregnancy.

1.    Take Care of the Basics

Eating healthy, exercising, and getting sleep. It really is the most basic form of self-care, not only for you but for your baby. Although it obviously keeps you physically healthy, the emotional and mental benefits are also now widely known. Simply eating whole foods and taking walks can work wonders. The further along in your pregnancy you get, getting enough sleep can be easier said than done, but making it a priority is always a good idea.

2.    Rest

On the same note, when you’re body says rest, rest. This isn’t always possible, but when it is, do so. It’s all about honoring your body and when it needs rest, it will tell you. This doesn’t make you bad or lazy. You are growing a baby and it takes energy. Honor that. Take as long as you need and try not to feel guilty about it.

3.    Have a Support Team

As much as we all like to see ourselves as independent and self-sufficient, the truth is, we all need each other. With pregnancy comes lots of challenges, emotions, and fears. Having a trusted support team to go to can make all the difference. A significant other, friend, family member, or even a doula can be great candidates. The important thing is that you can trust them and open up to them.

4.    Do Something You Love

You know how when you are doing something you love, you’re just kind of dialed in? That’s called flow.  It’s like a mini mental vacation, both calming and rejuvenating. Doing something you love allows you to be present in a way that may be difficult to achieve when preparing for your new baby. It also allows stress to fall away, and who wouldn’t want that?

5.    Laugh

I don’t have to tell you how refreshing a good laugh can be. Watch a funny movie or joke around with a friend and watch the pre-baby jitters melt away. Laugh often. Having a new baby doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Laughter creates an environment of joy and that alone can be an oasis. It’s easy. It’s free. It’s fun.


These may all seem like small things but they can make a big impact. Self-care should reduce stress, not add it, so often it’s the small steps we take that really matter. These don’t have to be abandoned once baby is here, either. All of the above can be great little gems to utilize throughout motherhood and beyond!


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By Alecia Stanton of Expecting Parents Alliance of America

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