Emotional and Physical Comfort for Expectant Moms
By Maria Bailey
Pregnancy can be a beautiful and magical time; the beginning of a
remarkable journey. It can also, however, be a restless and
uncomfortable time, especially during the third trimester.
A recent survey of nearly 500 pregnant women conducted by
The BlueSuitMom Website and Nestlé® Good Start® Supreme, revealed that three
out of four of pregnant women are in discomfort because they cannot get
a good night's rest. This survey, as well as other research, confirms
that moms-to-be are physically and emotionally uncomfortable with
labor, delivery and the idea of motherhood, among other things.
Research shows both a physical and emotional interplay, so it is
important that moms-to-be remain comfortable and relaxed during their
pregnancy, and that everyone -- family members, friends, partners or
parents -- contribute to help them remain comfortable.
Besides eating for two, expectant mothers are hungry for
information. In fact, 92 percent of moms-to-be surveyed are actively
searching for tips on getting a good start with their baby.
- Reassure yourself (or your pregnant loved one) that everything is
going to be fine. Give yourself a pep talk each morning and night or as
necessary. Easing your mind will help you be more comfortable.
- Give the mom-to-be a back or foot massage. Studies conducted
at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami found that
just 20 minutes of massage twice a week for five weeks improved moods
and sleep patterns of pregnant recipients, and reduced their anxiety
and back pain.
Visit the Hospital
Be Comfortable with Your Feeding Choices
- Do a physical and mental "walk-through" of your delivery so that you don't think about it every five seconds.
- Making your feeding choice can be stressful. Breastfeeding is still
best, and moms are encouraged to work hard at it for all the immense
health benefits for themselves and their babies.
- If you cannot or choose not to breastfeed, or wish to
supplement, take comfort in knowing there are wholesome and nutritious
formula options available that are specially designed to be
easy-to-digest for baby's comfort.
- If you're having a restless night, get up and read a magazine or book until you feel drowsy and then go back to bed.
- This is an excellent time to practice navigating in the dark
with a system of subtle-but-safe nightlights. When your baby arrives,
you won't have to turn on overhead lights to move around the house
Provide Messages of Comfort
- Place comforting messages of support for yourself in unlikely
places. Perhaps a note taped to a mirror or a word of support tucked
into your purse.
Find Comfort in Food
- Now is a great time to prepare for the busy times ahead. While
cooking dinner, always double the recipe in the last month before your
delivery. Freeze the extra portions so that once the baby arrives, you
just have to defrost and heat the already prepared home-cooked meals.
You'll be happy you did.
Take Off the Cape
- No one expects a pregnant mother to be super woman. Find comfort in
knowing that every birthing experience is as unique as the baby being
born. Experienced moms will tell you that flexibility is part of the
job. Don't set yourself up for disappointment by setting expectations
based on events that you may not control. Your birthing plan, as well
as your feeding choices and other aspects of parenthood, may need to be
re-evaluated and ultimately changed.