- Talk to your nearest and dearest—it can really help.
- Don’t feel guilty or embarrassed.
- Keep active if you can, it’s good for you and baby.
- Try and rest when needed.
- Set aside some “me time” at least once a day.
- Maybe a warm bath or a podcast on a walk?
- Ask your loved ones for practical help.
- Cooking, shopping, taking care of kids, whatever helps take a load off.
- Join a prenatal class or group.
- Ask your doctor or midwife for suggestions.
- Take a break from coffee breaks.
- There’s a recommended limit to caffeine during pregnancy.
- Eat well. Proper nutrition is essential. Now, more than ever.
- Make time for self-care.
- Try complementary therapies, like relaxation massage or meditation. Mindfulness apps are helpful.
- Have a go at simple breathing exercises for stress.
- Plan ahead. Writing down small steps each week can help you get back in control.
- Speak to your doctor about how you are feeling and how your emotions are affecting your sleeping or eating and other aspects of your life.
- Talk to your doctor about counselling or medication, or both.
- If you’re feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of becoming a parent, have a look at our checklist to help you emotionally prepare.
Public Health Agency of Canada. Getting help for depression and anxiety in pregnancy. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/pregnancy/get-help-anxi…
Accessed August 2020.
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