Pregnancy emotions are the absolute worst. Week 25 to 26 hasn’t been easy with the insurmountable amount of stress that I’ve been under. If you’ve been following closely this week, I’ve been sharing quite a few of my older posts attempting to find my footing. From a horrible sinus headache, personal issues, and the impending glucose test this has been a doozy.
Is there really a way to understand the emotions that come with pregnancy? I don’t think so, but we are definitely going to try.
Understanding Pregnancy Emotions
There really isn’t much to prepare you for the flood of emotions that surge through you each day. You can’t understand the heightened feelings of each emotions and the frequency they tend to consume you. Understanding pregnancy emotions isn’t a science. There is no way to predict how you’re going to feel from one minute to the next.
For myself, it’s been a journey. With the unexpectedness of this pregnancy my emotions have been at a level of fear and uncertainty. This had lead to a more clouded way to navigate understanding these emotions. I quickly learned that instead of understanding these emotions, I would need to navigate them.
Navigating Pregnancy Emotions
Sounds easy? Navigating pregnancy emotions has been a tricky manner for me. It’s difficult attempting to not allow them to consume you. When you are in a vulnerable state, emotions are trickier than usual. What doesn’t help is the outside factors that we have to balance.
In full transparency again, this hasn’t been my best week. My self-care practices have been compromised in the worst way. This has made the navigation component much harder to fully grasp. What I have found myself dealing with this week is worry, fear, and stress due to circumstances out of my control. It has required a great deal of patience and grounding back to the core of these emotions.
Navigating these pregnancy emotions have boiled down to 3 simple reminders to my inner peace:
- Don’t let the negative emotions consume you.
- Take time for yourself
- Mindfulness (Thanks Stephanie)
Finding Peace in Pregnancy Emotions
What I’ve learned is that practicing self-care is more important now more than ever. I can’t afford to disservice myself from the practices I am a huge advocate for. Where I’ve lacked in my normal self-care practices, I’ve really made an effort with the following reminders with navigating my way towards peace.
Don’t let the negative emotions consume you.
Due to an issue I’ve been battle since the beginning of this week, there was one point this week that my heart rate skyrocketed. In just a matter of seconds, my heart rate hit a staggering 132 beats per minute. This was met with an intense rage and it took a lot of angry scribbling to bring me down from the unhealthy high. Immediately I promised myself that I would not allow that to happen again. I couldn’t not only for my sake, but the sake of our wee lil unicorn. Negative emotions are quick to take hold and even harder to let go. This week has been a testament to this. Which leads to the next reminder of taking time for yourself.
Take time for yourself.
After this scary moment, I instantly recognized that I needed to do something for myself. Luckily, my health has been back on the upswing and the gym was calling my name. Even with the modifications, getting back into the gym helped tremendously. That small time out from the hustle and bustle of the day sweating was what I needed. Feeling my body remember the strength it’s built up in the last year was exhilarating. By the time I arrived back home, I had forgotten about the terrible day. Even just an hour of doing something, anything you enjoy is enough.
Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
I’ll be the first to say that I’ve been consumed by a plethora of issues this week. They’ve consumed and eaten away at my being in a manner that I have actually deemed acceptable. If someone was willing to listen, I was more than capable of piling it on to them. What a nice warm bath and reflection revealed was it was out of my control. Now was my time to be mindful of where life goes from here.
That leaves me at this point. Today we are officially 26 weeks into this gig and we get to see our baby girl this afternoon. I’m going into this appointment without a worry in the world. Well, maybe just one worry – that damn glucose test. With that in mind, I even treated the wee lil unicorn to a new book to celebrate Women’s History Month, Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
Let’s hear from you! Pregnancy emotions, what were they like for you? How did you get around them? Any advice? This is your chance to be a know it all!
Oh and can you believe we are two months into Simply Mommy Chronicles! WILD! This is week 9, but who’s really counting….. Ok, I am but it’s on my yearly goal list.