Tips for expectant mothers
Pregnancy is a wonderful time because it is filled with so much joy and excitement. It is also a stressful period for expectant mothers, as they navigate through exhaustion, the unknowns, and preparations for the baby. While bringing a new baby into the world leaves expectant mothers with a large to-do list and an array of feelings due to the transition, the last trimester before the baby arrives can be alleviated a bit through supportive tips and tricks.
Feeling physically exhausted? While the final stretch of pregnancy can take a toll on your body, having a body pillow can help lessen some of the aches and pains felt at night. Using a pregnancy pillow is great for some, but a simple long body pillow with piping details will offer you some much-needed physical comfort when you are feeling restless at night.
Worrying about delivery? Having a birth plan that you go over with your spouse and doctor can alleviate some of the stress that comes with labor and delivery. There are helpful templates online to give you an idea of what you would like your birth plan to look like. It is also beneficial to come up with a plan with your doctor so that you are on the same page come delivery time.
Feeling anxious or down? A bit of anxiety is normal as you anticipate the entrance of a new baby into your life. Hormones can make you feel a bit down, as can the tiredness that comes with being pregnant. However, if you feel like your anxiety and emotions are out of your control- you might want to speak to a professional. Sidra Medicine offers maternal mental health and has an expert team to support you through your thoughts and feelings.
Worried you have not gotten enough for the baby? Try to keep in mind that the basics are what you need to get through the first few weeks of postpartum. If you ever feel like you are lacking anything, try to remember that baby items are accessible and easy to find. It is okay to feel like you have not gotten enough, because as a mom-to-be, giving your baby the world becomes one of your top agendas.
Feeling like you have too much on your plate? Allow others to help you and support you during this time. Whether you are experiencing a wide array of emotions, have multiple preparations and are crunched for time, or need a break and want someone to help you run errands- it is absolutely okay to take some of the load off of you so that you can have moments to breathe.
The final stretch of pregnancy is a time filled with a wide variety of emotions, but also a large to-do list that needs to be checked off. It is okay to feel tired, crunched for time, and worried- but also try to remember that it is an exciting period and everything will hopefully be okay. Take it one step at a time, and keep in mind that the adventurous journey to motherhood will be worth every moment.
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