The Stress Of Pregnancy
This can be the most important moment of your life - the moment you realize you are pregnant or you know your wife is pregnant. This is a moment of infinite possibilities. You will wonder if your child will be the next Mozart or the next Marie Curie. You wonder if you go through books with amazing baby babies. What do you call a happy bundle? You go to a paint shop hoping to find the right shade for your child's nursery. You register at the baby luggage store hoping to get what you want for your baby shower. However, while this is a time of unbridled happiness, pregnancy can be a period of intense stress.
Most importantly, you may be stressed by parenting responsibilities. You must be thinking how good you will make a mother or father. You must be wondering if you will be a good provider, a good workman, a good disciplinarian. You might be thinking about feeding schedule and midnight diaper changes. All these concerns are natural. However, it is important that your worries do not cause you unbearable anxiety. There are some specific steps you can take to reduce the stress of pregnancy.
You can also learn about relaxation techniques in a birthing course. This includes not only breathing exercises, but also imaging exercises that calm the nerves. The good news is that you are doing the relaxation exercises with your partner so that both of you can benefit. Many obstetricians recommend doing these relaxation exercises right before bed so you can learn to relax your muscles right before bed. If you are breastfeeding, attending La Leche League meetings while you are pregnant may also be a good idea.
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