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Pregnancy Journey & Some Quick Tips

By Shatyra Williams, MSW, RSW

Published: May 2014

Congratulations! Whether you are newly pregnant, trying to conceive, or family planning, you are surely in for an exciting new phase of your life.


Early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, cramping, breast changes, and fatigue may have you feeling out of your element. Anxiousness and nervousness are completely normal. You have a new life on the way, which calls for some re-organizing and major planning. Read through the list of Tips below for some helpful ideas to make your pregnancy journey a beautiful experience.  


Physical and Emotional Health

Pregnancy puts a toll on you both physically and emotionally. Your body is under a lot of pressure and so is your mind. Find balance by tending to these unique demands separately. Be sure to spend time caring for your body (medical care, light exercise, stretching, or getting a massage) while also devoting time to your emotional needs (journaling, artistic expression, speaking with other mothers, crying when you feel overwhelmed, and expressing your emotions to your partner).  Each woman’s pregnancy experience is unique. Pay attention to your physical and emotional cues and respond to your bodies needs during this sensitive time.


Make Connections

Pregnancy is a wonderful time to connect with other women who are also with child. The bond between mothers provides a sense of community, understanding, support, and sisterhood. When in need of advice and support, seek out other moms or moms-to-be for guidance. Sharing your stories, discussing your experiences, and planning your new-mom lifestyle can be a fun and exciting way to build new friendships. Not only will the support help you to combat some of the challenging times of your pregnancy, you may end up scheduling great future play dates for your baby on the way.

 

Get Informed

From prenatal testing and nutritional requirements to purchasing cribs and developing birth plans- pregnancy can be a major learning experience. One way to ease the tension of absorbing the host of new ideas is to get informed as soon as possible. Don’t let yourself ponder for months about fears and inadequacies. Look online, read books, speak with friends, get professional help, ask your OBGYN, and find out how to resolve your uncertainties as early as possible.


Soak in the Good Times

Especially towards the end of your pregnancy the physical demands of carrying a baby can be overwhelming. Make the most of your nine months by soaking in the precious unforgettable moments. For example, you could: Start a collection of ultrasound pictures or Belly photos, track your favourite pregnancy moments in a blog or diary, write daily (or monthly) letters to your future child, spend time decorating the nursery, or make an album or list of all of the hit songs on the radio during your pregnancy.


Words of Encouragement

The pregnancy journey is beautiful gift that deserves to be cherished and appreciated. The strength of a mother to bear the physical and emotional requirements of bringing a child into the world is remarkable. Stay strong throughout the hard times because your precious baby is more than worth the struggles. When you feel the warmth of your newborn baby and hear his/her voice cry out for the very first time, all of the tension of pregnancy will quickly melt away.



About the Author

Shatyra Williams MSW, RSW is a Toronto-based Social Worker with a passion for women's wellness. As Program Manager of RWRJ's Artistic Healing Group, Shatyra teaches healthy coping strategies for women survivors of trauma. Through a variety of creative educational techniques Shatyra helps women to challenge themselves, to embrace their imperfections, and to love their journey. 

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