As human beings, we thrive on connection and support. We are social creatures with a genuine need for love, friendship, and togetherness. When pregnant, these connections can become even more important and undoubtedly life-changing. This is why it is so important not to face the pregnancy journey alone. This time is a beautiful yet massive transition, and you should be in the company of those who see the best in you and want the best for you. Pregnancy is best approached with a team mentality, and here are a few ways to do so.
The pregnancy journey is an incredibly happy period in a woman’s life; however, it can also be a time of uncomfortable vulnerability. One simple way to relieve this feeling is by surrounding yourself with those who lift you up. Ask yourself, “Who do I want on my team?” because at the end of the day, you are its captain! Of course, this is going to look different for everyone. Some people might be extroverted and have plenty of friends to call upon, but others may not know where to start. Luckily, there are plenty of online resources and local mom support groups full of soon-to-be moms looking to make a connection too! Doing yoga or going on walks with other like-minded mommies can even have a positive impact on your mental health.
So, you’ve got an all-star squad of supporters; now all you’re missing is a great coach. Luckily, there are so many caring and experienced healthcare professionals out there that finding the right one will be a walk in the park. The important thing is to find a doctor that listens and understands what stage you are in but also responds by listening and doing what your doctor asks of you. Keeping a note of patient education during appointments can provide you with a “playbook” of information to help you be more aware of your body and potential symptoms. Pay attention to what your doctor recommends eating or doing. Things as simple as keeping up with good nutrition and cardio can help with the process of labor and even reduce the chances of having a C-section. Just be sure to find a doctor you feel comfortable with.
Staying healthy and positive through your pregnancy journey is completely manageable with the right team and a little guidance. Remember to surround yourself with that good energy from people who understand you and who you enjoy being around. It’s okay to devote less time to those who don’t lift you up, it’s all a completely normal part of this incredible process. Go Team Mom!