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Getting in the Mummy Mindset - Adjusting to Changes During Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a strange time in your life – you may find that your taste in food changes, your moods are all over the place, you can’t bear strong odours, and the desire for things you loved doing before is just not there anymore. Whatever you are feeling, it’s important to realise that this is a temporary and relatively short phase of your life (even if it feels like forever!) and not to get anxious or stressed over it.
During pregnancy you can feel abnormally tired, particularly in the evenings. Don’t force yourself to go out and socialise if you feel you can’t – this is your body’s way of telling you that you need some rest right now.
Also, during the ‘nesting phase’ many women find that they only want to spend time with a trusted few friends. If you experience this, don’t fight it but accept it as your instincts preparing you for the birth.
Of course even though you may feel very tired, it doesn’t necessarily translate to good sleep! The size of the growing baby along with leg cramps, heartburn, and the frequent need for the toilet can all play their part in interrupting your sleep.
Experts recommend sleeping on your side with your knees bent for comfort. Some doctors specifically recommend the left side as this helps improve circulation and takes pressure off your liver. Some women use pillows to make themselves more comfortable; experiment to see what works for you.
Also, if you feel like going to bed at 7pm and you are able to do so, don’t fight it but go with your instinct.
Looking after your mental well-being:
Exercise, meditation / prayer, relaxation, fun, and rest can all play their part in taking care of your mental health. Participating in antenatal classes and talking about your fears can also be helpful. This is also not a time for making major life changes if you can avoid them. However if you find you are feeling particularly anxious or depressed during your pregnancy, you may need to seek professional help to get you through this time.
What has helped you adjust to changes during your pregnancy? Any tips you’d like to share?