I originally wrote this article directly following a successful mid-term checkup my wife had with her midwife, when she was pregnant with our second child. I wrote it, as that pregnancy was essentially the most stress-free and problem-free that one could ask for, and resulted in what I’d say is the happiest baby we’ve ever seen.
As such, I had culled from several close friends a list of what they found to be their top items in having a stress-free pregnancy which is as comfortable as possible, and which got them the best results. Some of the below are Scientology, some are just common sense. I summed up the most important ones in a later article, after seeing how happy my baby turned out, but all of the below are quite applicable. Definitely let me know if you think I missed anything!
- GET EDUCATED.
- DADDY – This applies to you too – GET EDUCATED.
- Proper Nutrition.
Proper nutrition, including frequent small healthy meals/snacks, and plenty of protein. There are an immense number of books and websites out there that list good things for a pregnant momma to be eating – so finding out what to eat is not the problem. Keeping your discipline in, and – DADDY – making sure that mommy does indeed get everything she needs daily – is a major task throughout the pregnancy that reduces stress and makes everything go better.
- Regular Assists, as much as possible.
- Doing a Scientology Pregnancy Assist Program:
Doing a pregnancy assist auditing program (preferably mid-pregnancy, before you get too big or uncomfortable or have trouble sleeping because rolling over becomes an event in itself). The Scientology Pregnancy Assist program is explained here. Ask anyone who’s had one and you’ll see how vital it’s been in having a stress-free, calm pregnancy. My wife included!
- Daily Walks & Exercise:
- Dates with your Spouse:
Make it a point to have regular “dates” with your spouse–at LEAST once a month. Time for just the two of you to go out and spend time with each other.
- Don’t Believe the Merchants of Pregnancy Fear:
Take everything you hear (or read, especially on the internet) with a grain of salt. Keep your head about you, stay calm, and use common sense. When you’re pregnant, you’re likely to hear the worst stories (as well as the most wonderful), the wildest things, and EVERYBODY’s opinion. You are yourself. Everyone has their own unique experience in pregnancy and in birth. Do not accept or worry over everything that’s thrown at you. Again, you can achieve stability and common sense with good education, as above. Also, if there’s a particular person in your environment that just has to tell you every terrible story ever heard, dramatic versions of their own horrific experience, every painful detail, or other things that cause you to constantly worry, stay away from that person! (At least as much as possible.)
- Get PLENTY of rest:
- Make a Birth Plan:
A good site is www.birthplan.com for the basics on what a birth plan is, why you would want one, and a sample birth plan. Give copies in writing to your doctor or midwife (and make sure they read it and have it on file), also make extra copies and have them handy for any nurses, assistants, or last-minute substitute doctors. Having a birth plan removes a lot of the stress of the unknowns of the big day, and lets you really see that you’ve got everything straightened out for when things start to rock & roll on junior’s birthday.