Top Tips for Relaxing During Pregnancy

During my pregnancies, I tried to minimize sources of anxiety as much as possible. One important thing that I did to help ease anxiety and relax during my pregnancies was to choose practitioners I felt could best serve me and meet my needs. I placed myself in the hands of people I felt most confident with in terms of their professionalism, clinical skills, and bedside manner. For example, if women see doctors in a large group practice, they aren't sure who exactly will be delivering their babies. I chose a midwife, and so I knew who would be delivering my baby. That took away one source of stress.

- Lauren Feder, MD

When to Call Your Doctor or Midwife

During pregnancy, your emotions might be on a wild roller-coaster ride. It's normal to have worries, doubts and fears. More than 70 percent of pregnant women experience mood swings while they're pregnant, especially during the first trimester. However, if you feel depressed for more than two weeks, call your doctor or midwife.

Excerpted from The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH is a board-certified family physician and nationally recognized health expert. Her syndicated newspaper column, Your Health, appears throughout the US and Canada. Dr. McAllister has been the featured medical expert on more than 100 TV and radio shows. She has three sons.

Jennifer Bright Reich is co-founder of Momosa Publishing. She is a writer and editor with more than 15 years of publishing experience. Jennifer has contributed to more than 150 books and published numerous magazine and newspaper articles. She has two sons.

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