Managing your emotional wellbeing when you’re expecting can be a real challenge for many women. These days, there is a wealth of information out there about how to limit your stress, find calm and nurture your emotional health during pregnancy. The hard part can be finding the resources that make your life easier – not more complicated.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic I have experienced my own feelings of uncertainty and have noticed the same emotions presenting in those I work with. When your circumstances feel unpredictable, it’s easy to feel as though you’re out of control – but there are plenty of things you can do to reclaim your agency and feel less overwhelmed.
As a pregnancy naturopath, I love using my experience and passion to support women in achieving a smooth, healthy pregnancy that is both enjoyable and natural. A healthy, well-balanced lifestyle can help you manage stress and anxiety so that you’re better equipped to cope. Here are my top tips to manage your emotional wellbeing during pregnancy.
Journaling is a really useful tool and can be great as part of your before-bed routine. Write down your worries, thoughts, and a to-do list before going to bed to prevent over-thinking at 2 or 3am! In addition, a gratitude journal can help you focus on the positive aspects of your life and your pregnancy.
Herbs can nourish your body and calm your mind when you’re pregnant. Lemon balm and lavender can improve your sleep quality, Siberian Ginseng can improve your mental focus, and Passionflower can calm the body and mind. Using high quality products is the key to achieving optimal health. Get in touch with me today to find out which herbs would suit you and your family.
Prioritising restful, healthy sleep is one of the key factors to improving your emotional wellbeing when pregnant. Sleep is essential for refreshing both the body and mind and building up the energy you and your baby need to tackle each day. In addition to herbs and supplements, there are really effective things you can do at home to promote healthy sleep, including:
- Unplugging from electronic devices in the evening. The blue light emitted from things like tablets and smartphones can disrupt your circadian rhythm (your sleep cycle) which can lead to poor sleep.
- Developing an evening ritual will train your body and mind to relax and prepare for sleep when you do certain things. I recommend taking a shower or a bath, drinking a (non-caffeinated) herbal tea and reading a book.
Avoid unhealthy eating habits and behaviours. Because food is your fuel, it’s so important to consider what you’re consuming – not just when you’re pregnant! While nuts, berries, oily fish, avocadoes and seeds can boost your mood and your antioxidants, processed foods, caffeine and alcohol can elevate stress and fatigue.
Did you know that magnesium is an essential mineral that can’t be made by your body? When you’re stressed, your body uses up higher amounts of magnesium. That means replenishing your stores is crucial for emotional wellbeing when you’re pregnant.
Light exercise, especially out in nature, can give your mind the chance to focus on something different and the endorphins can really boost your mood. Try something like swimming, yoga or walking to avoid putting stress on your body during pregnancy.
Naturopathy can help
Remember, it’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed – especially in times of uncertainty and not just when you’re pregnant. When you’re pregnant, there is no right or wrong way to feel – so just listen to your body and make time to listen to your emotions. If you have someone to talk to who you trust, try sharing your feelings and voicing your worries with them.
Discussing mental health concerns with your health practitioner or GP is important too – especially if you are struggling to function with day-to-day activities.
If you’re looking for a pregnancy naturopath with years of experience in women’s health, get in touch today.