September 1, 2012

How to Be Happy While Pregnant

Your health and happiness is always important, this is even truer now that you are bringing another life into this world. Though it sounds obvious and perhaps a little cliché, happy moms-to-be make happy babies. You want to do everything in your power to ensure the well-being of your growing family, but the best thing you can do for your baby is to take care of yourself. The stack of books you purchased on what to expect for motherhood will be helpful but only in addition to leading a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Now that you are pregnant, many things are going to change. While your body and daily routine undergo these adjustments, your hobbies and passions don't have to. Do you love going to movies or playing cards with your friends? Have a knack for painting or pottery? There is no reason to discontinue things you enjoy, as keeping them in your life will continue to make you happy. However, if your form of amusement includes dangerous activities like skydiving or swimming with sharks, you should probably put them on hold for the next 9 months.

Along the same lines, you might want to consider adopting new interests. Your life is evolving, so why not participate in new activities to support it? Now is a great time to take up scrap booking to document your pregnancy. You can also find a multitude of groups involving other expecting mothers. Join one of these book clubs or other social circles to meet new friends that are going through the same things as you are.
Remember to take care of your body and its cravings. While you have probably already started eliminating some of your favorite foods from your diet, you do not have to completely alter your health regimen. Though this is a great opportunity for you to nourish your body with wholesome foods, do not deprive yourself of the little treats that make you happy. As long as it agrees with the your and your baby's stomach, go ahead and indulge in your favorite pint of ice cream now and then.

Keep in shape. Whether or not you already exercise regularly, it is a good habit to keep during your pregnancy. Physical activity releases chemicals like endorphins from your brain, which elevate your mood. Exercise also boosts your energy by improving your blood flow. You will find that even just a 30-minute walk each day will leave your mind clear and your body functional.

happy pregnant woman

Perhaps the most important step you can take to ensure a happy pregnancy is by staying calm. The next 9 months will have some stressful moments, especially if you are experiencing motherhood for the first time. But though each day may hold new challenges, it is best to face them with a positive attitude. This is because high levels of anxiety release cortisol, a hormone that has been associated with babies who cry more. Many women find that they are more relaxed when they meditate. If you have not tried yoga before, roll out that mat and start chanting "om" to reach a happy, centered state of mind.

(Guest Post by Carol)

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  1. Rachana3:16 PM

    Be happy, feel happy as much as possible.

  2. Be inspired by the colors, textures, sounds and smells of nature. Take slow walks outdoors by yourself as much as possible

  3. Treat yourself to multiple prenatal yoga classes. Pay extra attention to how your body is growing and changing.

  4. Anonymous3:22 PM

    pregnancy massage and acupuncture are other great ways to increase your physical comfort and relaxation while pregnant. Find out more about how these things can help make you feel good during pregnancy and about how acupuncture can help both your pregnancy and your labor.

  5. Anonymous3:25 PM

    During pregnancy, the growing uterus places pressure on the bladder, making it easy to leak. To help prevent these leaks, you'll want to strengthen your pelvic floor by practicing Kegels.

  6. Girish3:28 PM

    Pregnant women love being pampered

  7. Kishori3:28 PM

    Be careful with your intake of vitamin A. Too much vitamin A can be dangerous for the unborn child

  8. Thanks for a wonderful post! It has been a great change of pace for me as i am always on the lookout for a whole new perspective on different subjects. Keep up with your hard work and dedication.


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