Is your pregnancy mentally exhausting?
Feeling physically exhausted is DEFINITELY a side effect of pregnancy. Your body is working overtime to create an entirely new life from scratch–of course, you are going to be physically exhausted!
Pregnancy can be mentally draining as well. With all of the hormones and changes to your body, there is a lot of stress on you, the momma-to-be. It really doesn’t help that there are a million parenting and prenatal resources out there to make us feel like we aren’t doing enough for our little one. Mental exhaustion is a real thing, but lucky for us it can be solved with a few simple calming techniques.
Meditation sounds hard and kind of scary, but I promise–it can be so easy! Your meditation can be anything you want it to be. You don’t have to do intense meditation, but just taking a few minutes to clear your mind and breathe will really help your stress levels go down.
Find a quiet place in your home (sometimes I even just sit in my car!). Make sure you’re nice and comfortable and close your eyes. Take deep breaths, slowly inhaling and exhaling. Try to clear your mind, or only think positive thoughts. If negative thoughts come into your mind, just acknowledge them and let it go.
Your entire body is devoted to building a new life right now–but you also need to focus on yourself a little bit! A happy momma is a good momma. If you feel like you need a nap–take a nap. If you feel like you need to veg out in front of the TV for a minute or so, go for it! Take yourself out on a date and get your nails done, or grab a special treat just for you. Life is about to get absolutely insane with the new baby, so make sure you’ve made a habit of checking in on your own mental health.
Okay, it’s no secret that your body changes a lot when you’re pregnant. It can be so hard to watch your body go through these changes–I definitely didn’t always recognize the girl looking at me in the mirror. Your mind is used to seeing you one way, and your eyes are seeing something totally different. That’s exhausting!
If negative thoughts start to creep into your mind, push them out with statements of self-love. You are growing a human body! Of course, your body is going to freak out a little bit. Remember to send yourself extra good thoughts and compliments throughout the day, reminding yourself of how awesome and beautiful you truly are. I like my self-love mantra, “I am enough. I have enough. I do enough.” It’s a simple reminder of how great I’m actually doing!
Drink It Off and Sleep It Off
Pregnancy mood swings are real, folks. Once again, those baby hormones change up your life! I found that there were times I would be so frustrated and irritated for absolutely no reason. Good news though, there are two fixes I found that will almost always work.
If you feel yourself getting irritated or annoyed for no good reason, chug a glass of water! This works for headaches, too. When your body gets a little bit dehydrated, you can experience mood swings and feelings of frustration. Drinking water is such an easy fix for annoyance! If the glass of water doesn’t work, see if you can get a little bit extra sleep. Whether it’s taking a power nap or going to bed earlier, sleep is my cure-all for any mentally tough day.
Move Yo’ Body
If you’ve ever seen the movie Legally Blonde, you know that exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy! It makes perfect sense that a little bit of exercise could help keep negative thoughts and bad days at bay.
I know working out while you’re pregnant can be kind of scary–I know lots of mommas are worried about hurting the baby or themselves when they workout. That’s why I created a fitness program, especially for pregnant and postpartum mommas. It’s called the 15 Day Fit Mommy Challenge–it has workouts and meal plans designed to help mommas just like you succeed in their fitness and nutrition goals. The best part–it’s totally free!
If those tips aren’t helping your mental exhaustion go away, consult your doctor–they know best! Good luck, momma, I’m rooting for you!