How To Mentally Prepare For Motherhood
How can you prepare mentally for a baby? When I found out I was pregnant in 2012, I was excited, scared and hopeful all at the same time. Being pregnant whether planned or unplanned can be an emotional rollercoaster. For me, I was excited but could not share my excitement with anyone because I had previously been pregnant and unfortunately, it was an ectopic pregnancy.
My state of mind when I found out that I was pregnant again truthfully was to get an emergency appointment with my doctor for an ultrasound to ensure that everything was alright with the current pregnancy.
I can tell you that my emotional health was not great. Thankfully everything went well. The pregnancy was healthy, I was overjoyed and blessed not even to suffer from a day of morning sickness. Today my strong willed child is four years old.
There are several ways that you can take care of your mental health before and after childbirth. First, consult with your doctor to make sure that you are in good shape to move forward with any of these suggestions.
Here are some ways you can take care of your mental and physical health, they worked for me, I hope you find them useful.
Walking during pregnancy is beneficial because it is gentle for all fitness level, you can do it almost anywhere, and all you are going to need is a pair of sneakers, some comfortable clothes and the best part is that it is entirely free.
Breathing practices and prenatal yoga are also beneficial during pregnancy. Gentle stretching with an instructor is best, let these professionals guide you with carefully selected posture suited for pregnant women. Deep breathing is also valuable during pregnancy; it helps relaxes tense muscles, and it’s also perfect for clearing your mind, not to mention it helps strengthen your mental focus for childbirth.
Healthy nutrition during pregnancy is best, eat nutritious meals, with loads of vegetables and fruits. Stay away from processed food, refined sugars, and caffeine
Read books that have instructions and advice on how to navigate life before and after conception. Having a strong support system in your life is also great for your emotional health. Surround yourself with family, friends, a partner or anyone that you can rely on during this particular time. You will especially need a helping hand after the baby arrives.
Finally, it will seem like a new world when the baby comes. Your emotions will raging from exceptionally happy to incredibly unsure thanks to your hormones and the uncertainty that comes from bringing a life into the world. Suddenly you have been bestowed with an experience that is not unfamiliar to you.
Don’t worry you will figure it out, how? By taking things one day at a time. The love you receive from you child is like no other; I always say to people that you do not know what unconditional love is until you have a child. That selfless love that emits between a mother and child will sustain you and give you the strength and courage that you will need to keep going.
So relax, enjoy being pregnant and take care of yourself physically mentally and emotionally, so you will be a conscious state of mind when the love of your life enters into the world.
What are some of the things that you did to help mentally prepare for motherhood?