These last 2 months of pregnancy are filled with anticipation. But, this time can also be stressful. You may be worried or have concerns about mom's or baby's health; perhaps other children are having trouble adjusting to the arrival of a new sibling; or you are concerned about finances, work or family relations. Whatever the issues, now is the time to work through some of the stressors and grow closer as a family! If you allow stress to become too great, it can lead to illness or even cause pre-term labor.
Here are some suggestions to help reduce stress:
- Remove any contributing factors that are causing stress in your home and/or your relationship. If it's an activity, a commitment or even extra clutter in your home, try to remove it, at least for now.
- Find something that brings comfort to each family member, and encourage them to refer to that often;
- Work on managing your stress: eat a balanced diet, go for a walk/exercise each day, stay away from caffeine and drugs, get plenty of rest, try to keep some type of schedule, take three deep breaths, and find a quiet corner to sit and be alone for awhile.
- Keep the stress in perspective. How does it stack up with what is really important in your family's life?
- Identify ways in which each member of your family can be a resource/support. How can you help each other get through the changes your family is experiencing? Rather than hold the stress or worry in-grow stronger and closer as a family.
- Finally, try to add some humor to each day, and enjoy this special time.