11. Eat happy food. Have a favorite food? Veg out. Otherwise, eat foods like cashews and bananas to help improve your mood.
12. Influence your own emotions. Do something that makes you smile or laugh. Watch a romantic comedy, go out for dinner, visit a show. Make it your goal to get out and do something you really enjoy at least once per week.
13. Deal with pain. Pregnancy pain is common, varying from cramps through to major aches and pains. When you’re in pain, you don’t feel yourself. Magnesium is a great way to reduce nausea and muscle pain and heat packs can help with pain too. Drinking plenty of water will help relieve braxton hicks. If you have regular pain that’s bothering you, see your doctor or visit a physiotherapist.
14. Get some sunlight. Vitamin D is important but one of its extra benefits is balancing female hormones which is a big plus in pregnancy. Get some sunlight every day.
15. Mindfulness or meditation. Sitting still can be hard when you’re used to always being busy or continually reading or watching things. However studies have shown that relaxation activities, done daily even for a short time, can have a big impact on mood and productivity.
16. Yoga. Pregnancy yoga is a great way to relax and keep your body fit and pain free. Bonus – you can do it at home.
17. Seek help from a professional. If you are concerned speak to your doctor. Even though you might know it, sometimes a little bit of reassurance from a professional can go a long way. Explain to them what you have been going through and see what advice they can offer. If you think it is more than just pregnancy hormones, you may be suffering from antenatal depression a very real and not uncommon depression experienced during pregnancy from hormonal changes.1 | 2 | 3 | 4