4 Ways to Ease Your Pregnant Mind

Being pregnant is one of the most exciting yet scary roller coasters a woman can go on. Everyone’s experience is different and rarely can you predict all the twists and turns. Some mamas have a very easy pregnancy. They might not have any nausea or complications with the baby. That is everyone’s dream pregnancy! 

However, others don’t have it so lucky. Some moms may have complications ranging from simple nausea to genetic abnormalities with the baby. Many first-time pregnant women and families with a history of pregnancy complications are often anxious about the possibility of things going wrong. Thankfully there are a lot of things you can do to ease your mind when these feelings come up. 

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1. Detect Baby’s Heartbeat at Home 

It can seem like forever between doctor visits. At the beginning of your pregnancy, the doctors only schedule appointments every three to four weeks. This is also generally before the point when you can feel the baby kicking. 

Going so long without checking in on your baby can make you anxious. Fortunately, you can buy a baby heartbeat monitor to ease your mind. These monitors allow you to check the baby’s heartbeat in the comfort of your own home. It can give you the reassurance that everything is alright. 

2. Count Baby’s Kicks 

Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy counting kicks can be an easy way to assess your baby’s wellbeing. If you are in your third trimester, this is the way to go. All you have to do is start a timer and record how long it takes for you to count 10 kicks. It is best to pick a time that the baby is active and moving a lot. Nighttime, when you are laying down, is usually the best time to be able to pay attention to the baby’s kicks. You might be able to feel the baby more after you eat, as well.

Every day, try to count the movement at the same time then compare it with previous sessions. Look for any dramatic differences in the time it takes. If you notice any big changes, call your provider for an appointment. Doing this not only can ease your mind but allow you to catch complications quickly before they progress. 

3. Monitor Your Blood Pressure 

Pre-eclampsia is one of the scariest diagnoses a mother can get. It occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy and it can lead to potentially fatal complications for both mom and baby. This disease is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the mom’s urine. This is why it is recommended by health care professionals for women to check their blood pressure regularly. 

Usually, your doctor appointments start becoming more frequent after 20 weeks, and checking it at the doctor’s office is more than enough. However, if you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, have a history of preeclampsia, or have symptoms you may need to check, it’s important that every mom knows how to check their own blood pressure at home. Blood pressure can also increase due to anxiety. So if monitoring your blood pressure decreases your anxiety, it can even help your health.

4. Do What Your Doctor Says

Lastly, try to follow the doctor’s suggestions as much as possible. Take your prenatal vitamins, stay away from certain foods, stop smoking and drinking and always go to your appointments. Some of the requirements might sound tedious or even limiting. But just remember, your doctors have done years of research to make sure their advice is healthy for your baby. There are plenty of ways to ease your mind during pregnancy. So, never be afraid to reach out to your doctor with your concerns. 

Tips contributed by Anne Davis

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