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Managing Your Emotions
A Roller Coaster Of Emotion

You may have planned this baby and have wanted it from the very start, but as your body changes and grows, you may find yourself suddenly feeling scared, trapped or unfit as a parent. Or perhaps you’ve always been confident about your body, but these changes in your stomach, waistline and breasts makes you feel fat, ugly and unattractive.

These feelings are normal during pregnancy. Your body is undergoing a huge change, as is your life. Gone are the high heels, mini-skirts and the long, lazy Sundays spent over a crossword puzzle and coffee. Your clothes don’t fit and you’re ungraceful in flats, never mind heels. In a few months you’ll be feeding and changing a little one that’s demanding of your time and energy. It may all seem to be too much, yet people around you may tell you to count your blessings that you’re having a healthy child.


So how can you deal?

A Mom Make-Over

If you’re feeling blue about your changing shape you might need a mom make-over. Sometimes a new hair cut, a change in wardrobe and some new accessories can help you feel better about the woman you see in the mirror. Instead of squeezing into your old clothes, find some pieces that flatter your changing figure. Some women find their husband’s clothes help to bridge the gap between now and when your shape fills out maternity clothes. You can also look for a larger size, stretch waistbands or a different cut. Thrift stores can be a goldmine when it comes to finding gently used maternity clothes. Finally, accessories like a new belt, fun purses or scarves will put a spring in your step and give your wardrobe the kick it needs.

Sort Out Your Feelings

The best way to sort out your emotions and fears is to talk to your partner or spouse. Chances are they might be feeling the same exact thing but may be afraid to voice it. Sorting your feelings out now and acknowledging them now will keep you from resenting the baby when he or she is born. Pregnancy and having a baby opens up a whole new world where you will find things to love and cherish. Talking about your feelings and allowing your partner to vent as well will help you to see the beauty within the changes in your life.

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