Coping with Pregnancy-Related Stress Any major life event can cause stress, even if it’s a welcome change. While mild, temporary stress isn’t a serious concern, chronic stress is another matter entirely. When you’re pregnant, chronic stress is particularly harmful because it can increase the risk of having a premature baby or a baby with a low birth weight. If you find yourself struggling to cope with stress during your pregnancy, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Get the practical guidance you need. Stress often has an identifiable underlying cause. Consider talking to a professional counselor or advocate about what you’re going through. Ask your loved ones for help. A shoulder to lean on can make all the difference. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. During times of stress, people often turn to comfort food. But you and your baby need healthy nutrients. Talk to your doctor about your ideal pregnancy meal plan. Your healthcare provider will let you know how many calories you need each day to support your baby’s healthy development. If your doctor approves it, you can also use exercise to manage your stress. Exercise releases a rush of endorphins, which are “feel good” hormones. You may need to make some adjustments to your workout routine during your pregnancy. Instead of riding a mountain bike, for instance, you could use a stationary bike. Prenatal yoga is also recommended. Cut back on unnecessary tasks. Pregnancy and fatigue go hand-in-hand, especially during the early months. During the second and third trimesters, you may find that your growing belly places some limitations on your physical capabilities. Don’t be afraid to cut back on your schedule. Hire someone to mow your lawn. Ask your partner or another loved one to help you out with household chores and errands. Give yourself plenty of time to rest and relax. If you’ve learned that you or your partner is pregnant, you can find the thoughtful guidance and non-medical services you need at Care Net Pregnancy Center of Kittitas County. Their Client Advocates can assist you with parenting education, medical referrals, and maternity and infant supplies. You can get in touch with their office in Ellensburg, WA, at (509) 925-2273.