Trying to find the easiest way to relax during pregnancy? Try out these three simple yet effective techniques. Ahhhh! Don’t you feel better now?
Whether you’re dealing with a ton of stress during your pregnancy or just feel a little frazzled from time to time, knowing the easiest way to relax will definitely help you find your zen! Being pregnant is not so easy as you imagine. First, morning sickness makes your life difficult and then your hormones drive you crazy. As time goes by and your body grows bigger and bigger, other worries also come to the surface. “Is everything going to be all right with the baby?”, “ Will I be a good mother?” and so on.
And while everyone tells you that stress is not good for the baby, it’s not so easy to put your mind at rest. And the nagging that you have to be calm and relax is not helping. So, I’m not going to tell you that stress is bad for you. I’m going to show the three easy ways to relax during pregnancy.
Easiest Ways to Relax During Pregnancy
1. Breathing is relaxing
I know, you’ve heard a thousand times that you have to breath when you’re worried. But have you actually tried it? Just so you know, the right breathing exercises can help immensely with anxiety and stress.
And the big advantage of using this method is that you can do it anywhere and anytime. Moreover, you don’t need any special preparations, and you don’t need any tools or ingredients.
So the first breathing exercise you can try is a technique called 4, 7,8. Here’s how to do it properly:
- Start by exhaling the air of your lungs through your mouth.
- Then inhale through the nose. Do it for four counts.
- Hold your breath. Count to seven.
- Exhale through the mount. Do it for eight counts.
- Repeat these steps four times.
- Repeat at least twice a day or when you start feeling uneasy.
You can do this exercise lying or sitting down. It will be difficult at first unit you get the hang out of it, so don’t give up. With time and practice, these simple steps can help you deal with any stressful situations. And you can’t overdo it, so it’s perfect for extra anxious days.
Deep breathing is your other ally. When the stress and anxiety are too much, start to breathe as deeply as you can until you begin to feel better. It’s also a good idea to get off your feet and find a place to lie down and have a rest.
2. Take a bath
After a hard day at work, there is nothing better than a soothing bath to ease your muscles and mind. Well, the same applies when you’re pregnant. And there is no better ally for your bath than Epsom salts because they’re rich in magnesium, a mineral which has calming properties.
Here are some of the benefits Epsom salts have for pregnant ladies:
- Soothes aching muscles and swollen ankles, common issues during pregnancy
- Improves digestion
- Softens the skin
- Reduces stress
To make an Epsom salt bath simply mix two cups of Epsom salts with your bathwater and soak for 15 minutes. You’ll quickly start to feel better, and you’ll forget all about your worries.
The con of this technique is that you have to be at home to do it and that it will take some time to draw a bath and get everything ready.
In general, Epsom salts are considered safe for use during pregnancy if you use them for soaking. Never drink water with Epsom salt unless your doctor has given you specific instructions to do so.
Another easy way to relax during pregnancy is aromatherapy. Smell is a powerful sense, and certain smells can ease your mind and make you think pleasant thoughts. A few drops of essential oils in a vaporizer or added to your bath water can work miracles for a stressed woman.
Essential oils have numerous health benefits, but you have to be careful when you use them during pregnancy. They are strong substances, and not all of them are suitable for a pregnant lady.
Specialists have concluded that common lavender, citrus, oils, peppermint, German chamomile, and bergamot are safe for your unborn baby. But remember these simple rules:
- A drop or two is enough.
- If you use essential oils for massage, always diluted them with a carrier oil – almond oil, grapeseed oil.
- Don’t leave your vaporizer on for more than 15 minutes in an hour. The smell can get too intense and make you sick.
- Start using essential oils after the first trimester and consult with a licensed aromatherapist.
- Always buy high-quality essential oils.
One final thought. You might also go on a little vacation with your husband before the baby is born. Keep in mind that after the little bundle arrives there will be few opportunities for “only me and you time,” at least until the kid goes to college.
What do you think about these relaxation techniques? Have you tried them? How did you relax during your pregnancy? Share some tips in the comments.