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How to Survive Pregnancy: Tips To Make Your Life Easier

How to Survive Pregnancy: Tips To Make Your Life Easier

The life-changing news struck you like a bomb; you’re about to have a baby! The most glorious moment of your life will happen soon, and your family is going to expand.

After a while, the excitement starts to wear off and your pregnancy starts to impact your everyday life. The physical and mental changes are happening throughout the process, and you will have to change, adapt, and deal with surges of emotions, nausea, pain, discomfort, constipation, a lot of fatigue and sleepless nights, followed by pains. That’s a lot to deal with, especially if you’re a first-time mom.

Read on to learn more about common pregnancy ailments and how to relieve them so you can get through the next nine months with ease.

Nausea

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    The first unpleasant sensation that you’re going to experience is nausea. It will likely begin several weeks in, and last for quite a while. This type of sickness is generalized to be present mostly in the mornings, but this is a misconception. The hormones and your sensitivity to outside factors like smells and moisture in the air can trigger nausea.

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    To prevent morning sickness from happening, or at least shorten the time you’re feeling sick, try altering your diet. Eat high-protein legumes and almonds to ease nausea, and drink herbal teas. Ginger is an excellent cure – make sure to consume it while feeling nauseated. You can either buy powder or capsules.

    Try to have more small meals during the day to keep your tummy occupied. If you forget to eat after several hours, an empty stomach will remind you how bad you can feel during this period. Make an extra effort to stay hydrated. Eight glasses of water a day is a recommended amount for pregnant women. Increase your B-6 vitamin intake, as it is proven to help with nausea during pregnancy.

    Exhaustion

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      The next big thing that is going to hit hard is the wicked pair: fatigue and insomnia. The beginning of pregnancy brings the overdrive mode to your body; hormones spiking and dropping will make your head spin sometimes. Keep in mind that you have a growing human being inside your belly, and the child progressing means energy consumption from your body, both physically and mentally.

      The exhaustion is something that all the moms suffer from in the first three months, and there is no way of stopping that, but you can at least ease yourself. Removing yourself from all demanding physical activity is imperative, alongside making yourself comfortable as much as you can. Use cushions, a comfortable bed, additional sheets and mattress covers, you name it. Everything is allowed. A good idea is to use a pregnancy pillow, which can provide incredible support and superb comfort.

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      Nutrition and hydration are significant factors here. Having a balanced diet with smaller yet more often meals, rich in protein and vitamins, will help you stay energized and able to survive the day.

      Headaches

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        Headaches are also very common during the first three months of pregnancy, as they come as a side effect of hormonal changes and increased blood flow. A lot of things can cause headaches during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. Unfortunately, medications like ibuprofen or aspirin are restricted for pregnant women, so you’re not allowed to use them.

        If you’re having headaches, consult with your doctor for some replacements that are safe for you.There are common solutions for headaches during pregnancy, which can help you depending on the type of a headache you’re having.

        The majority of headaches are triggered (or have some connection to) by stress. So by dealing with stress on the ground level, you’ll deal with your headache as well. Lying in a dark room for 15 minutes without thinking about anything will make your mind clear and loosen up the pain.

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        The neck and lower back of the head massage will do wonders for you as well, as you will relieve tension in the region, and stimulate the blood flow. The second common solution includes hot and cold treatment to the head – this technique is quite successful.

        Also, good hydration and exposure to fresh air are recommended.

        Constipation and Gas

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          After the first trimester, hormonal imbalance is something you’re used to, and the following side effects have passed already. The increase of the progesterone in your body will happen eventually, and that will slow the digestion significantly.

          The last quarter of pregnancy often brings constipation and gas because of the child inside the belly pushing the bowels to have more space and combined with all of that, energy and food processing. Pair that with bowels slowing down because of the hormones.

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          Again, these side effects aren’t reversible, but you can ease the process a bit by eatng a diet with increased fiber and drinking more water. (bonus: don’t start eating a lot of fiber at once, it will make things worse; add it slowly and progress)

          Also, it would be smart to reduce the intake of gas-triggering foods, such as dairy products and carbonated drinks. To reduce gas, you need to care about the way you eat. Eating quickly and having big meals and big bites will make you swallow a lot of air alongside your food, enhancing gas production.

          Finally, get moving; sitting still for prolonged periods of time will slow your bowels even more, and prolong the unpleasant state. Whatever you can do in this state – even if it’s a small walk – is better than sitting or lying down.

          Pregnancy can be tough, but in the end, it’s well worth it. It brings us the biggest joy of life, and the biggest change. We wish you all the best!

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          Last Updated on September 16, 2019

          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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          • (1) Research
          • (2) Deciding the topic
          • (3) Creating the outline
          • (4) Drafting the content
          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
          • (6) Revision
          • (7) etc.

          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

          2. Change Your Environment

          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

          6. Get a Buddy

          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

          Reality check:

          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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