5 Ways to Manage your Anxiety while Pregnant during Covid-19

by Natalie McBride

5 Ways to Manage your Anxiety while Pregnant during Covid-19

Welp, bet you never thought you’d be pregnant during a pandemic. Even without a pandemic, we know it can be an anxiety-ridden time growing a baby. The anxiety might be stronger now that Covid-19 is rampant, so we know you might be seeking some useful ways to calm your delicate nerves. We’ve got some ways you can better manage your increased anxiety while you’re pregnant.

1. Keep spa-like music playing in the background -- this might seem strange, but just give it a try. You can play it from your pocketed phone so it follows you wherever you go. The consistency is calming. If you have a home sound system, play it over that - yes - even while you or your kids are watching tv. Natural or classical sound doesn’t interfere and you’ll notice it truly has a calming effect on you AND your babes...

2. Sit within view of a window -- When you put your feet up, momma, be sure there’s natural light in range. Wait - did we just assume you were actually putting your feet up? Yes. Yes, we did. Well, maybe it was more like encouragement. Now that you’re home, if you don’t have an office window - relish the window time! Especially, if the weather isn’t ideal to get out, just the natural light can be soothing to you. Don’t close them up…

3. Breathe in some fresh air -- If the weather is ideal - get out there! Notice we’re not suggesting you do anything more than take some deep, thoughtful breaths of fresh air just outside your home? You don’t have to walk, power walk, jog, run, sprint, marathon, or any of that if you don’t want to. But if the weather’s nice enough - step outside and take a few, purposeful deep inhales. With just a few moments of your time, it will help lower the angst…

4. Cut yourself some (serious) slack -- As mommas, we expect a lot of ourselves, even if subconciously. Listen to your body - if you feel tired, rest (by that window). Your usual routine is probably different these days and that’s okay. If you can’t get to all the to-do’s you used to, that’s okay. When you feel like you’re getting nowhere fast - take a break. Pick up later...

5. Follow fact-based resources -- We’re all being bombarded with news right now and if you’re a news junkie or feel like listening/watching is the only way to stay safe, it can be nothing short of overwhelming. While we would absolutely recommend limiting how much time you spend watching/listening/reading the news on the pandemic, we highly recommend you be vigilant on the quality of the source. Not all sources are created equal, unfortunately. Here are some suggested ones to follow…

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Evidence Based Birth
Evidence Based Birth
WHO - World Health Organization

It’s an unprecedented time we’re living in, but remember we’re all in this together and the experts are learning more everyday. When your day starts feeling like too much, we encourage you to remember these techniques. How do you feel about these simplistic suggestions? Would you be willing to give them a try or suggest them to a friend? #babyboldly

Today’s Bold Momma

Natalie is co-founder of Baby Boldly, wife to James and mom to Abigail (5 years) and Mabel (21 months). Her passion is to empower new parents for improved birth and postpartum experiences and changing the way society relates to new moms’ and dads’ unique needs.

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