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7 Ways You Can Stop Sweating Your Way Through The Next Nine Months

Pain, fatigue, stress, drowsiness, and the hormonal changes which cause mood swings is all part of the nine months of pregnancy. Once your excitement is over you're hit with the reality that carrying your baby for the coming nine months won't be a piece of cake. You might have also started fearing the problems that arise during pregnancy. 

The negative talk you hear about pregnancy through your acquaintances makes you wonder if pregnancy is even your cup of tea. Maybe this was all a wrong choice. Maybe adoption would have been a much better option.

Relax! You don’t have to dread so much about pregnancy and its unwanted issues. Sure pregnancy is not easy and it requires patience and work to make you feel good and healthy. Fortunately, there are ways you can survive your pregnancy. This article will help you manage your nine months of pregnancy with more optimism. It's not a promise that you'll feel no pain, but it will surely help divert your mind and make you feel relaxed.

12  Pick Up a Hilarious Pregnancy Book

Reading has always been the best way to divert your mind from the unwanted pain. It just might be the best way to relieve pregnancy pains. Be it a thick book which will be your companion for the duration of your pregnancy or a short series book that will help you to indulge in the hilarious moments of pregnancy from time to time.  

Many researchers and studies have suggested that reading helps to ease your physical pain because the less you think about your pain, the less you'll feel it. In addition to that, your mind stays calm and when you read,  you feel like you're not alone and you feel better. You never know, the next time you get a hard kick from your baby you might remember a humorous scene from the book and start laughing.

A few pregnancy books for you to consider reading include:

  • -Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy: McCarthy has hilariously covered every aspect of pregnancy in the most detailed and grittiest manner. This book will be your ultimate pregnancy guide with information regarding the tremendous mood swings, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that comes along with the process.
  • -The Pregnancy Instructional Manual by Sarah Jordan: this is a comprehensive guide to pregnancy which will keep you entertained for as long as you read, and once you're done you can read it all over again to keep the fun going.
  • -The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy by Vicky Iovine: this book will keep you informed regarding every little detail of pregnancy along with keeping you entertained.

If you're not much of a book reader, then you can check out pregnancy blogs. They're a shorter read, but they'll keep your mind occupied. Reading will help you stay up-to-date about the various ongoing research regarding pregnancy and will guide you through the months of pregnancy

11  Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga

Lately you might have heard a lot about how mindfulness helps to calm down your mind and body, and also help you cope up with different stressful situations in life. Mindfulness is considered to be an extremely healthy activity during pregnancy. You ought to make it a part of your daily routine. 

Mindfulness can easily be achieved by simply focusing on the moment. Conversation must be avoided at that moment. This means that along with not saying something out loud, you must also not have any mental talk. Keep your mind away from the worries, fears, joys and all that has happened in the past, or that you're expecting in the future. All you have to do is live in the moment. Feel yourself breathing in and out and concentrate on what you are doing.

Meditation also helps to deal with stress and anxiety. You might be confused between the idea of mindfulness and meditation since they always come together. The difference is very simple. Mindfulness simply means to concentrate in the present in whatever you're doing. It can be driving a car, listening to a song, dancing, or doing any other sort of recreational activity. 

On the other hand, meditation is when you specially take some time out to relax from your busy routine and get your mind off every sort of stress for a certain time.

Yoga is another healthy activity, and while many women perform it even when they are not pregnant, it's a must do for all pregnant ladies. Sign up for a yoga class so that you learn the proper moves under the supervision of a trained professional. Don't try to do it at home if it’s your first time. If it's your first time learning yoga, then it'll be better to avoid following online videos. 

This is because right now any kind of wrong position or movement can put your life and your baby’s life at risk. So it would be better to perform yoga in the presence of a professional. 

10 Pick Up a New Hobby

When you start to learn a new skill or do something different than the usual, it takes up more of your energy and concentration. This will stop you from having the negative and stressful thoughts that you get while being pregnant.

Pick up something interesting--yet not that difficult which might cause frustration and irritation in the process of acquiring the skill. If you're patient enough to learn stitching you should go ahead and do so. Once you learn to stitch you can design and stitch clothes for your new born

This will give you a sense of happiness that you can design your baby’s clothes on your own, and in addition to that you'll be able to save a few bucks and utilize them in purchasing pretty accessories for your new born.

Your new hobby just might save your sanity later on

If you were never into painting and coloring except when you were at school, then this is the time you can pick it up. It doesn’t matter what you paint or color, all that matters is that you do it just for the sake of having fun. It'll help you to rediscover the child in you. Studies show that once we're done with elementary school, many of us stop activities that involve art work. 

As time passes we get into other extra-curriculum activities that don't involve art, and as the years go by the amount of stress that we encounter tends to build up within us causing us to become short tempered and irritated. New research recently published discovered that coloring isn't just for children, but adults as well. You can find Mandala patterns on the internet to color. Even something as simple as doodling has lots of benefit for the adult mind.

Learning a new skill doesn’t have to cost you any money. You can find tutorial videos all over the internet for any skill that you want to learn. There's no need to register for expensive courses. If you don’t wish to spend any money or get into the hassle of buying materials for the skill, then you can simply learn a new language. That'll help you stay engaged in something useful and fun as well as build up your confidence.  

9 Join Birthing Classes

Birthing classes are great if you're looking forward to being prepared for your labor and what comes after that. You can either join a day’s birthing class or weekly birthing class sessions which may last a month or more. These classes are led by professionals who have ample knowledge regarding the birthing process. Typically a birthing class will comprise of lectures, exercises and discussions.

One of the biggest advantages of joining birthing classes is that you get to socialize with other women like you. They're in the same boat as you are and you get the opportunity to clear your doubts about pregnancy and get your questions answered by professionals.

Apart from the usual birthing classes which aims to educate women about pregnancy and birth, there are also a few other types of classes. To start with, Lamaze classes aim to help women trust their inner voice and wisdom and make informed choices about their healthcare. It teaches women simple coping strategies, techniques of breathing and movement and ways of comforting themselves while giving birth.

Lamaze classes mainly follow the Lamaze philosophy and its sole purpose is to help women give birth without any medical interventions.

Another type of class that is offered to pregnant women is Bradley method classes. It follows almost the same philosophy as that of the Lamaze classes. The curriculum of Bradley method class consists of diet and its importance, exercise during pregnancy, deep breathing techniques in order to manage pain while in labor and also involves the husband or the partner in your birthing process.

HypnoBirthing classes are also known as the Mongan method. It teaches women to use deep relaxation techniques, visualization and self –hypnosis in order to experience a calm and comfortable birth. It basically focuses on natural birth, but this class is also helpful for women who require medical interventions during their birth process.

You can find birthing classes in your area by checking with your hospital. Many hospitals offer birthing classes and these are the least expensive. Though such classes tend to be more crowded. In addition to that, you can search the International Childbirth Education Association to search for professional instructors by state. Birth centers also offer their own birthing classes.

If you wish to attend a birthing class from the comfort of your home then you can even register for an online birthing class after researching their credentials.  

8 Say it Out!

During pregnancy you'll want to share all that you feel. You want to help women who're planning to have a baby. The simplest way to get your message heard by the masses is by either starting your own pregnancy or motherhood blog. Another option is to vlog your message.

The steps to both of these methods are quite simple. You can start right away for free, you can sign up at any of the blogging websites and start a blog. The most popular blogging websites are Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr and Weebly. There are many more blogging websites but these are the ones which majority of the bloggers use.

If you've got interest in photography, then you can share your pregnancy related photographs with a combination of your written words. Each photograph tells a different story and you can consider it your own personal cathartic way sharing. You can capture everything about your pregnancy, from the foods you're eating to your lifestyle. Other pregnant women will be delighted to read about your experience.

You can even start earning money from your blog if it gets a lot of views.

To become a vlogger, you will have to create an account on YouTube. In order to make your videos interesting you must be a good speaker, confident enough to face the camera and come up with interesting ideas. If you think you can do that, you can become a great vlogger, and who knows maybe by end of your pregnancy you might be famous enough to be signing autographs.

If all this is not your cup of tea, but you still want to do something similar to these, then you can journal your pregnancy moments. It'll make you feel better to express your thoughts on paper, not to mention it'll be a source of joy when you read them later in life. 

7 Hire a Massage Therapist

The simplest way to alleviate stress during pregnancy is with massage therapy. Massage therapy helps improve the unborn baby’s health and also decreases the risk of complications that you may face during labor. Few additional benefits of getting massage done during pregnancy are:

  • -It boosts the maternal mood
  • -Reduces depression and anxiety
  • -Lowers the intensity of pain
  • -Reduces the stress hormones

Massage therapy is known to be beneficial in reducing pain in all three stages of pregnancy and also reduces stress during labor. The long term benefits of massage therapy include: shorter labor duration, shorter hospital stay and less touch sensitivity.

A study called Infant Behavior and Development detailed how premature infants who received massage, were able to gain 47% more weight, increase their bone density faster and were able to leave the hospital earlier than other premature babies.

In order to get a safe massage, you must hire a massage therapist who is professionally trained in prenatal massage, because they'll know the right movements. The most important concern that women face when getting a prenatal massage is that it could be harmful for the mother and the baby. It can be risky if the massage isn't done properly. Which is why you should only let a trained massage therapist massage you.

Prenatal massage is just what the doctor ordered

It would even be ideal to have a massage even after labor to help you relieve pain and stress. Your baby will also need to get a good massage for healthy growth. Massage therapists are trained to work with all age groups, but it would be a good idea to communicate with your massage therapist before you hire them for your new born baby.

As long as you go to a trained massage therapist you'll be safe and won't be at any risk. In addition to that, your pregnancy and birth experience will be smoother. 

6 Art Therapy

Art therapy doesn’t necessarily require you to be a Picasso. You just need to have the zest to do art activities and should be confident enough to use art utensils without the fear that you're going to make fun of yourself. Art therapy doesn’t necessarily have to be long lasting sessions. Even doing it twice a month will help you relief stress and anxiety and will also help to build your resilience.

There are various art therapy centers and you'll be able to find one close to your location with a few simple clicks. Though art therapy can be a little costly, its effects are very long lasting.

Art therapy involves various art techniques that help people express their unconscious and conscious emotions in a healthy manner. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a perfect piece of art that the artists create, but what's more important is that you do them with utter concentration and with complete involvement.

It's more about relaxing and creating than it is about what exactly you're creating

Various studies have concluded that the use of art therapy improves mental health as well as physical health. It helps people cope with diseases and helps patients recover faster than those patients who don't include art therapy in their routine.

In order to attend art therapy you'll need to sign up for an art therapy workshop conducted by trained art therapists. There are also various e-course and online workshops available for art therapy, but they're not as effective as the ones that you'll attend in an art therapy center. If you can’t attend one for any reason, then online art therapy is better than none at all.

Registrations are also open for the Art Therapy and Happiness Project by the Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and Learning Center. It's an online workshop comprising of a 12 hour workshops. Since it's an online workshop, you'll have the opportunity to do as you want and create when you're free and go your own pace.  

Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga

Lately you might have heard a lot about how mindfulness helps to calm down your mind and body, and also help you cope up with different stressful situations in life. Mindfulness is considered to be an extremely healthy activity during pregnancy. You ought to make it a part of your daily routine. Mindfulness can easily be achieved by simply focusing on the moment. All sorts of conversation must be avoided at that moment. This means that along with not saying something physically you must also not have any mental talk. Keep your mind away from the worries, fears, joys and all that has happened in the past, or that you are expecting in the future. All you have to do is live in the moment. Feel yourself breathing in and out and concentrate on what you are doing.

Meditation also helps to deal with stress and anxiety. You might be confused between the idea of mindfulness and meditation since they always come together. The difference is very simple. Mindfulness simply means to concentrate in the present in whatever you are doing. It can be driving a car, listening to a song, dancing, or doing any other sort of recreational activity. On the other hand, meditation is when you specially take some time out to relax from your busy routine and getting your mind off every sort of stress for a certain time.

Yoga is another healthy activity and while many women perform it even when they are not pregnant, it is a must do for all the pregnant ladies. Sign up for a yoga class so that you get to perform it under the supervision of a trainee. Do not try to do it at home if it’s your first time. Also, if it is your first time learning yoga then it will be better to avoid following an online video. This is because right now any kind of wrong position or movement can put your life and your baby’s life at risk. Hence it will be better to perform yoga in the presence of a professional. 

5  thought

When you start to learn a new skill or do something different than the usual, it takes up more of your energy and concentration. This will stop you from negative and stressful thoughts that you go through while being pregnant.

Pick up something interesting yet not that difficult which might cause frustration and irritation in the process of acquiring the skill. If you are patient enough to learn stitching you should go ahead and do so. Once you learn to stitch you can design and stitch clothes for your new born. This will give a sense of happiness that you are designing your baby’s clothes on your own and in addition to that you will be able to save a few bucks and utilize them in purchasing pretty accessories for your new born.

If you have never got your hands on painting and coloring except when you were at school, then this is the time you ought to do. It doesn’t matter what you paint or color, all it matters that you do for the sake of fun. It will help to rediscover the child in you. It is said that once we get done with our elementary school, many of us stop activities that involve art work. Then as time passes we get into many other extra-curriculum activities which most of the time does not involves art and as years go by the amount of stress that we encounter tends to build up within us causing us to become short tempered and irritated. This is why a new research was recently published which said that coloring is not just for children but adults as well. You can find Mandala patterns on the internet. Even something as simple as doodling have lots of benefit on the adult’s mind.

Learning a new skill doesn’t really have to cost you a lot of money. You can find tutorial videos all over the internet for any skill that you would like to learn. There is no need to register for expensive courses. If you don’t wish to spend any money or get into the hassle of buying materials for the skill then you can simply learn a new language. That will help you stay engaged in something useful and fun as well build up your confidence.  

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