Okay, so you are in pregnancy bliss as you await the arrival of your new baby. Just the thought of holding her tickles you pink. The bags are packed by the door, the nursery is ready, and you’ve got four months to go. In the middle of all your excitement there are just a few issues. Your hormones are raging, you cry after laughing, your scared, your happy, and your mate just can’t do anything right. Well, guess what? This is absolutely a normal part of pregnancy and your not alone.
Human chronic gonadotropin (hCG), also called the pregnancy hormone, can cause expecting mothers moods to intensify. This hormone is made from cells that help form the placenta shortly after the egg has been planted into the uterus. HCG doubles every 72 hours within the first 8 to 11 weeks of pregnancy leaving women feeling vulnerable and a little out of control. Fortunately, hCG levels do balance out later on in pregnancy.
Although pregnancy can bring about intense emotions, they do not have to consume you. Here are 6 ways to reverse negative emotions and stay positive during pregnancy.
1. Allow the sun to kiss your skin– If the weather permits sit out in the sun. Sunlight rays allow the liver and kidneys to produce Vitamin D (the feel good vitamin) giving you much needed energy and vitality.
2. Get it out- Sometimes half the battle is expressing how you feel. A trusted person or doula can help you objectively sort out your emotions or keep a journal. Writing about the emotions associated with your pregnancy can help as well.
3. Meditate or pray– A moment of silence or words of power can bring control to your emotions and allow you to connect to your inner self. Meditative breathing also increases oxygen supply to you and your baby.
4. Experience the power of touch– Many expecting mothers can benefit greatly from a healing massage. Find a massage therapist who can help you release toxins and negative emotions from the body. It may help to find one who is also certified in Reiki, a powerful form of healing therapy.
5. Keep it moving– Exercise has always been a mood lifter and is even more important during pregnancy. Try prenatal yoga , a Dancing for Birth class or simply go for a walk. Exercise throughout your pregnancy will also help you during childbirth.
6. Eat freely, eat well– Research has shown that certain foods can trigger emotions. So, instead of reaching for the cookies, try fruits and veggies. A nutritionist or holistic health practitioner with experience in prenatal diets may be able to assist you.
To find extra support visit DFW Holistic Birth Network