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How to Take the Edge Off and Tame Stress During Pregnancy

Last update: Sep 8
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New moms and moms to be, we know. You’ve been piling up a ton of stress overthinking about your baby.

What clothes do I have to buy? How often do babies need to be fed? How expensive are baby clothes? Did I leave the oven on?

And this is not even considering the already very present everyday anxieties that come from work, finances, family, and other worries.

While there’s no magic trick to making your annoying colleague disappear from work, you can try to find little ways to be away from it all.

So, before life takes a crazy turn, why not relax a bit?

Have fun, relax, take care of your mind and body and, consequently, de-stress!

Stressing is not only bad for your well-being (especially for your gut and mental health) but also for your baby’s health1.

Pregnancy symptoms can worsen with a high level of stress – including lack of sleep, pain, discomfort, and weight gain – and even contribute to greater issues2.

Some solutions go a long way – an exercise and meal plan can be a great tool to help improve mental and physical health, for example.

The ultimate countdown until it’s baby time may be overwhelming. Not only do moms deserve it – they need a break.

Pin the following suggestions so you have the best me-time and live the next 9 months (and onward) stress-free.

#1 Be kind to yourself and rest

Barely woken up, and you’re already tired?

Some moms can fall asleep in a heartbeat. However, sleep will not come as easy as that for many. Be it as it may, getting some rest is essential to lower stress levels.

Aiming for around 8 hours of sleep is the goal. Focus on caffeine-free tea, and a warm bath, and avoid checking your phone before bed.

Napping pregnant woman

Another solution is exercising. A good night’s sleep is directly affected by frequent workouts, even decreasing the risk of sleep-related problems. Try searching online for programs made for mothers like the fitMom app.

But don’t feel guilty if you stay up late for a couple of days while binge-watching your favorite TV shows or if you have a few too many naps.

Most importantly, find some quiet time. Breathing exercises, a walk around the park, an afternoon of treats and music, or anything really to ensure your me-time.

And, of course, talk to your healthcare provider about other solutions if sleeping is an issue.

#2 Share responsibilities and treat yourself

Let the weight off your shoulders. 

First things first: talk to your partner. A support network that includes a partner, family, and friends can help you with emotional support, baby-related things, or even doing chores or buying groceries.

Having a social circle you can trust and talking to other pregnant moms who can relate to all your troubles is also a great way of relieving stress during pregnancy.

Additionally, you can join childbirth lessons to learn more about what you’ll be facing and to have direct contact with professionals and parents who may be going through the same issues.

Pregnancy can be fun too!

Have a night out with friends, get enthralled by your favorite author’s new novel, binge watch all the seasons of your comfort show. You are creating a life. Give yourself a break!

Laughing, having fun, and having social interactions are indispensable. Gather your friends, grab Bridget Jones’ Baby and some board games for a date night. Try a yoga or workout session (making sure the exercises are baby-friendly), or even a picnic with other moms (just skip the wine!).

Pregnant woman laughing

Try new meals or go back to your favorite treats guilt-free with a personalized diet made with you and your baby in mind! Personalized programs are the answer to your issues!

A study carried out with over 300 moms3 found that chocolate was a significant factor in reducing prenatal stress, extending its benefits to the baby in the long run.

Your body and mind will certainly appreciate a little bit of happiness to keep you going. Try setting at least an hour (once a week is fine, but try it once a day) for a hobby you enjoy.

#3 Get healthy and get moving

Not being able to zipper up your favorite jeans or get into your running shoes can make you feel like screaming.

These afflictions are not only momentarily stressful, but if you don’t do anything about it, the extra weight won’t shed off so easily.

Getting healthy is essential for your body and mind to be in the right place. With a balanced diet and exercise, you will be on a path to self-improvement.

Just be wary when searching for programs for you, as moms need special treatment, and not every diet is safe. Your go-to fat-loss program is not ideal and definitely not baby-friendly.

Pregnant woman eating

The best option will always be something made just for you. A nutritionist and a personal trainer are great options; however, many doctors also recommend personalized diets and exercise plans.

The prime solution is a program for pregnant ladies and moms with newborns that is easy to follow and personalized – all with your best needs in mind.

The program that we endorse to make any mom’s life much easier is fitMom. Created by professionals, overseen by doctors, and fully personalized, fitMom is what we recommend to get fitter, healthier, and burn all those calories efficiently.

You start with a simple quiz, inputting short answers honestly. The quiz also takes into account any personal preferences and pregnancy-related issues.

After that, you’re all settled. The app will provide you with a complete, easy-to-follow exercise and meal plan designed by professionals just for you.

This program also offers a great selection of meals to add to your routine with no major changes using only simple ingredients, plus help with meal prepping – the best for any busy mom.

Say goodbye to irritability, hunger, and dangerous diets! And don’t forget: a healthy mom means a healthy baby. fitMom can help you get there.

Having a fun, relaxing pregnancy is easier than you think! Get healthier to be at your best when your baby arrives! 

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Written by
Edibel Quintero, MD

Edibel Quintero is a medical doctor who graduated in 2013 from the University of Zulia and has been working in her profession since then. She specializes in obesity and nutrition, physical rehabilitation, sports massage and post-operative rehabilitation. Edibel's goal is to help people live healthier lives by educating them about food, exercise, mental wellness and other lifestyle choices that can improve their quality of life.

Comments (3)

  1. avatar
    1 May, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I hated feeling stressed, which only made me more stressed. I always see mothers glowing online and thought I was being robbed of something. I didn’t use fitMom to lose weight, but actually to help with my diet cause I was always so hungry. I kept using it even after giving birth and it’s been working for me.

  2. avatar
    2 May, 2022 at 4:20 am

    The whole stress thing is true. I went into labor at 37 weeks and my daughter was very tiny 17 inches, exactly 6lbs. I was working out and didn’t have any stress with my son and went up to 39 weeks. My stress, depression and anxiety tremendously hurt my daughter.

  3. avatar
    Jamie Lynn
    2 May, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    You are not alone stressed Mamas ❤️ we might be stressed but we care enough to find this article. Already a great sign we love our little ones. We are strong and can get through anything


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