Long Distance Pregnancy

by Tabatha Jones

talking with baby in womb over the phonePregnancy involves so many emotions that any extra stress can make it so much more difficult. Long distant pregnancies can be very hard because you feel so many different emotions in addition to a normal pregnancy. Sometimes it's just unpreventable -- especially when your spouse is in the military or has a job that involves lots of business travel.

No one ever looks forward to a pregnancy alone. A pregnancy holds so many experiences to share with your loved one. We would all prefer our partner to be there every step of the way. However, becoming depressed and dwelling on your loneliness won't make the situation any better so during instead, try some of these tips on keeping busy and staying positive.

Clear your mind. It's very important to unwind and find a way to relax. Try going for a daily walk; it will help you get out of the environment that keeps you thinking in circles all the time. Walks help you circulate your blood and promote positive thinking, which naturally relieves a lot of stress. Add it to your schedule and try going at the same time everyday so you don't forget.

Educate yourself. Take a visit to your local bookstore or library and read up on pregnancy and maternity fashions. It's always interesting to read about the different stages your baby is going through. Or you can pick up on another subject that interests you like healthier cooking options, parenting techniques or tips on going green. Nevertheless, make some time to read. It will not only help you to think about something else but will also give you something else to talk about.

Find a hobby. There are many different hobbies that I bet you never thought you'd enjoy doing until you became pregnant like crocheting, sewing or scrapbooking. You can make so many things if you take the time to enjoy it. A fun project to do while pregnant is to start a baby blanket to bring your baby home. This will really help put your focus on something besides being alone during pregnancy.

Network. Be sure to take a pregnancy class or join a group online like the forums or chat at Pregnancy.org so you can discuss your pregnancy with other people who can relate. This is a helpful way to make new friends and to help you see that you are not the only one in this situation. Networking will not only help you find new ways to keep busy but it’s also a great way for you to help someone else by sharing your ways of keeping busy.

Stay in touch. Use whatever method is convenient for you. Try different things such as e-mail, yahoo or social networks like Facebook™ as a means for the family to feel together. Skype, if you have the luxury of a laptop computer, or talking through video messaging is great fun and really helps with those long trips away. It's terrific for keeping in touch with other family members, too.

Savannah Hernandez and Tabatha Jones, owners of Mommy Appelseed Maternity Clothing, grew up together and have remained close friends ever since. They came up with the idea of starting an online maternity clothes boutique while discussing their decisions to expand our families. Remembering the dull maternity fashions during their first pregnancies compelled them to open an maternity clothes boutique that offered comfortable, sexy maternity clothes without sacrificing style.

Copyright © Tabatha Jones. Permission to republish granted to Pregnancy.org, LLC.