3 Surprising & Natural Ways To Reduce Anxiety In Pregnancy
If you are pregnant with your first child, it can be a particularly worrying time. This is true even if it’s your sixth child… although you at least know the essentials of what to expect. But the fear of not knowing what’s to come often compounds the whole experience & can make for a much less easy time. Fortunately, there are ways to decrease anxiety in pregnancy & keep it as stress-free as possible.
Here are our 3 surprising ways you can reduce anxiety in pregnancy, whether it’s your first or your tenth.
Visit The Chiropractor
Visiting your local chiropractor during pregnancy might actually be one of the best things you can do for yourself & for your unborn child. It is completely natural, totally safe when pregnant & highly beneficial. All chiropractors are specially trained to treat pregnant women & some actually specialise in pre-natal care. Chiropractic care during pregnancy has actually been linked to women experiencing shorter & potentially less painful labours. How? Well, chiropractic adjustments can help prepare the pelvis for labour & help baby move into the correct position. This therefore results in no alignment issues which in turn reduces the chances of intervention during childbirth. For mum’s who would prefer a drug-free birth, this type of care may help achieve this goal.
Although it is likely to be one of the most stressful times of your life, there are ways to try & control your stress levels. Research has shown than reducing stress can really help women experience a better pregnancy & labour. Of course, this is easier said than done. It is difficult to manage stress at the best of times. Mums who have high levels of anxiety in pregnancy are more likely to deliver their babies preterm or low birth weights. This is why meditation can be one of the best practices to undergo while you are pregnant, as it enables you to remain present & calm therefore reducing stress. This actually has positive effects on the baby too, protecting them from stress hormones such as cortisol & adrenaline. Consider meditating once a day to see the full effects.
Visualisation (mental imagery) is a fantastic tool when preparing yourself for different situations. It is a way of preparing the body & mind by vividly imagining a significant event & picturing it going well. If you spend some time each day visualizing the birth, mentally rehearsing & envisioning calmness you could seriously reduce stress levels before & during labour. There are many examples of women who practiced & then used visualisation techniques during their labours. For example, a common visualisation is to think of contractions as waves whereby you can feel them building up, reaching a peak & then crashing down as the pain subsides. However, this may not work for everyone. When I was in labour I pictured a stopwatch that counted backwards from 20. I knew that when it got to 10 I would be in the most pain. However, I knew if I could get past that point, the pain would be much more bearable. Try different images & see what works for you.
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