During pregnancy, you really have one primary concern: making it through your 40 weeks and delivering a healthy baby. Everything else beyond that is, to some degree, less important. Because of this, it’s easy to become immersed in all things pregnancy-related. You read pregnancy web sites like this one. You participate in pregnancy message boards. You read books, you go to birthing classes and you talk constantly about pregnancy. In some ways, it becomes an obsession, beyond just doing the things you need to do for your baby.
It’s easy to get into this pregnancy overload, especially toward the end of your pregnancy. The changes happening to your body are hard to ignore at best, and they’re a constant reminder that you’re pregnant.
Still, sometimes it helps to disconnect for a bit. You need to make an effort to explore other areas of life. Here are some things you can do when you feel like you’re on pregnancy overload:
- Read a good book. Try to read one without the word “expecting” in the title. Whether you enjoy a good mystery novel, a steamy romance or the latest from Stephen Hawking, take a couple of hours to immerse yourself in reading about something other than your baby.
- Go on a date. Make your partner take you out to the movies, or for dinner. Of course you’re going to skip that glass of wine, and you might skip some of your favorite foods because you know they might not be the best for baby. But you can still go and enjoy yourself. It may also help strengthen your relationship.
- Take a computer break. Take a day or two away from the computer. You know that every time you log on, you’re going to see those pregnancy message boards. Put yourself in a self-imposed exile for 24 hours. And no fair checking your email on your phone, either.
- Be social. Get out there and spend some time with an old friend. Don’t call up your pregnancy support group. Instead, call up your sister and explain that you need a distraction, and agree to not talk about babies or your pregnancy while you’re together.