Keep your emotional well-being in check during pregnancy
on February 13, 2013
I believe in the importance of keeping yourself healthy, both physically and mentally, during pregnancy.
During my first pregnancy, I did everything in my power to stay healthy. It wasn’t just important for my baby, but it was important for me too. I did prenatal yoga, ate nutritional foods, took walks as often as possible, worked through my emotions by writing them down (whether positive or negative) and talked to my spouse about all the changes that would be happening in our future.
Now that baby number two is on the way, all the things I did during my first pregnancy haven’t popped up on my radar this time around. I was aware that I would be busy with my toddler, but I don’t think I fully knew HOW busy I’d be!
After I found out I was pregnant the second time, all the thoughts I had during my first pregnancy ran through my head. I immediately made the decision that I would go to the gym three days a week. I am now 15 weeks along and I can tell you that I have not stepped into the gym once. And I LOVE going to the gym!
I have discovered that my workout can happe at home with my 27-pound toddler. I run around with her from the moment she wakes up, until she is comfy and cozy in her bed. I can't tell you how many times I run up and down my stairs in a day or lift her to go places. This doesn't include the workout I might endure during the night if she happens to make her way into my bed. I toss and turn, ducking and shielding myself from her kicks and flailing arms!
Nutrition has been a difficult matter for me during this pregnancy. Each week seems to bring a different aversion to a particular food. I’ve gone through many food phases, such as the eating-soda-crackers-and-soup phase, the smoothie phase and the rice-and-veggie-only phase. Now, I am in the vegetarian phase. I haven’t touched meat in nearly two weeks, which I find difficult since I have never been a vegetarian. I'm still learning how to get protein through different foods (as long as I can stomach them!), but I am confident that I will love ALL types of foods at some point during this pregnancy!
Mental health is something I believe all moms - whether new or already in her groove - need to be aware of. I have spent the past 20 years writing in a journal as a way of releasing stress, coping and learning about myself. Since my first baby, writing in a journal has been pushed to the wayside, which has been difficult.
As a new way to cope, I decided to try talking to someone I didn’t know to help me handle all the emotion and stress that can come with having baby number two. This was terrifying, but it's turned out to be something wonderful. Talking to your spouse, family members and friends are a wonderful way to get through any emotions, but sometimes it’s nice to chat with someone who knows nothing about you and can give you honest and straightforward feedback.
What do you do to keep you and your baby physically and mentally healthy during pregnancy?