New Baby – New Stressors: New Ways to Manage Stress

stressed womanFor a lot of women, it seems like when you are pregnant, things are so much more stressful than they were before. This could be because you have so much more to deal with, your hormones are fluctuating, and you may be more tired, have less energy and just feel less capable of handling your previous load. Though you may feel all of these things or just a few of these things, there are ways to help yourself get through it now and create a few strategies to manage your life as it gets busier.

First, you need to take a look at what you're doing with your time. Write down a list of things you do in a week or do it by the day. What are the things you need to do, have to do, and/or like to do? Is everything you do necessary? Do you think you will be able or willing to do this when your little one is born? See if there is anything that can be reduced or even cut out of your time budget. If this is your first child, there may be a lot of things that take up your time, but make sure you have extra time for rest and relaxation.

Second, grant yourself permission to relax. Find some stress relieving activities, and take some time for yourself, without guilt. There are a lot of ways to relax, but some people have been on the go for so long they feel like they should always be on the go, or at least doing something constructive. If this sounds like you, here are a few ways to unwind and still be active. Journaling your pregnancy experience may give you a way to document this special time in your life while allowing a breather from your normal activities. You can take the time to learn more about your pregnancy. There is tons of information in books or online. Looking into what your baby looks like this week, what prenatal tests you should be looking forward to, or how to simplify your life; it's all information that would be useful to you now and later. Meet people like you; pregnant moms and new moms love to talk about their pregnancies, the lives they are living, and how their lives are changing. Sometimes it helps just to know you are not alone. Sometimes, when you are feeling a certain way, if you talk to a group of like-minded people, you are sure to get some validation on your feelings, which will build your confidence about your upcoming journey. Joining a local chapter of a new moms club or going online to meet new moms is an easy and relaxing way to meet new people. Either way, a trouble shared is a trouble halved; or in this case, excitement shared is excitement doubled.

Stress is something we all have; it didn't start when you got pregnant and surely won't end when your new little one arrives. The emotional backlash of stress can range from causing you to be mildly overwhelmed to causing severe bouts of depression. You need to find ways to reduce your stress now and look at stress reducing methods for the future. If you start early and stay committed to your stress reduction goal, you won't be stress free, but you should feel a difference, and both you and your baby's health will benefit.

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  1. calicia says:

    I can’t sit still to long but, I do make the time. I enjoy cleaning, cooking, and Visiting family members is a must. When I relax I find a good movie or show, exercise and i might even hum a little tune. Don’t get it wrong, some stress is still present just have to work around it.

  2. Alexis says:

    I am always busy, 9+ hrs a day/ 7 days a week.(2 jobs and 24 hrs of college a week) it is really stressing me out but I cant afford to do anything less. I have no time for myself because I am also a mother when I finally get home.. starting to worry it is too much for the baby and me but do not know what else to do.. feel lost.. any suggestions?

    • Megan Klay says:

      Hi Alexis – Try to take little breaks for yourself as much as possible. Just five minutes here and there throughout your day to sit outside in the shade and breathe. Hopefully this will help to take the stress away – at least a little – and help you make it through the rest of your busy schedule. Stress isn’t good for you or your baby, but if you’re not able to do any less, then just try to get through it as best as you can. Best wishes!

  3. Raquel says:

    Not always that simple sometimes things just spring up on you especially if your married your partners stress is your stress to in most cases

  4. Flo says:

    WOW, this is so true.. I am now off of work until I deliver from stress which made my blood pressure high so now I am learning how to rest and take care of myself for my son..

  5. Tina says:

    this is very informative. I am a busy body that doesn’t like to relax or know how to. lol I have to remind myself from time to time that I am pregnant I can’t do everything I was doing before.

  6. KaelinRae says:

    Have you tried meditating? I know that there are still some days where I worry about bills or my living situation. So I meditate for 10-20 minutes and it usually goes away.

  7. KaelinRae says:

    A lot of good suggestions. I found that my job was stressing me to much, so I found a different one. I am much happier now and I know that will lead to a happier baby.

  8. Marilyn says:

    I stress a lot just because of people.

  9. monette3 says:

    I struggle with worry-based stress all of the time. I try relaxing activities, but it doesn’t help as much as I’d like it to.

  10. Pennier81 says:

    I think I’m going to stay prayed up

  11. Janice says:

    Kick back and relax. I sat in the living room with my feet up, in comfortable clothes, and Have a me time!

  12. verochka31 says:

    its not easy not to stress with 4 young children and another on the way!

  13. AngelEyes says:

    I think I need to analyze my time commitments!

  14. ShaunaLewis says:

    seems like there are more stresses now

  15. keisha22 says:

    I totally understand where you coming from, I’m going thru the same thing.

  16. Jeanetta says:

    This a great article because my stress levels goes up more with each passing day.

  17. stress is hard, i have two children and number 3 on the way.

  18. I am extremely blessed in that I have a wonderful husband who has a perfect job that allows me to not have to work. 🙂

  19. Julie says:

    Stress is always going to be there no matter what the situation is. We all have ways of dealing with it, just hope it’s healthy. Women are strong and can get through anything.

  20. SammysMOMMY says:

    I hope my hormonal fluctuations will simmer back down once he arrives.

  21. Cera says:

    i am the same way i am so stressed i have another child and she keeps me pretty busy but it gets really stressfull i am almost 28 weeks pregnant and havent bought anything for a son and it is really stressing me out so i know where you are comeing from

  22. Tisha28 says:

    i use music to relax and prayer

  23. Ms.Mora says:

    I use different methods for stress reduction; currently I’m exploring fuing shui in aspects of work and home.

  24. PPBH says:

    This is my first child but my partners 5th and he seems to be jealous of the baby and the baby isnt here yet

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