Acupuncture has really helped me through this pregnancy, both for stress and any physical things that have come up. I always feel calmer and better grounded afterwards and it's helped with allergies and I other things I don't want to take meds for. My city has several excellent community acupuncture clinics, so it's affordable for me (starting at $15). Massage is great, too (I'm a massage therapist so I might be biased). Weekly pre-natal yoga classes help get me out of my head.<br><br>
A few herbal books mention motherwort tincture as safe for later pregnancy for stress (Susan Weed says 5 drops, another book up to 20 drops 3x/ day).
I go for a long walk by the water to ease stress. Not high tech, and a bit time-consuming, but at least it's healthy!<br><br>
If you don't have a nice place to walk, there's always yoga etc. I think exercise, sleep, and drinking lots of water/fluid is the place to start, then if you're still stressed try accupuncture, herbs, talk therapy, etc.
I highly recommend Hypnobabies even if you aren't using it for childbirth. They offer a free MP3 download called "Relax Me" at <a href="http://www.hypnobabies.com/mylink.php?id=4058#relaxmehypo" target="_blank">http://www.hypnobabies.com/mylink.ph...58#relaxmehypo</a> I find listening to a disc to be very relaxing and stress-removing.<br><br>
I also like Rescue Remedy.<br><br>
Bubble baths are my go-to for everything that ails me.<br><br>
Good luck, hon!
I was going to say this same - Hypnobabies. I found it a bit cheesy at first, but if you just go with it, it's really relaxing - after a session, I felt quite mellow - almost as mellow as the effects of some maybe-not-safe-for-pregnancy relaxants! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
Walks, hot showers, massage, and herbal tea all help me. Hope you can find some relaxation soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
Use a vaporizer to partake of some locally grown, organic cannabis. Stress can be harmful, and there is no harm if you use a vaporizer instead of smoking it. Or make cannabis butter and bake with it. Nature's destress gift...
My doctors #1 recommendation - a warm bath with calgon lavender and vanilla in it...<br><br>
it works too lol... though last night it was a cool bath with the calgon, its soooo hot out I needed to cool off lol
StarMama, I have never been on rx anxiety meds, but have battled varying levels of anxiety for a while. I found a supplement combo that has REALLY helped when I've needed it (and I don't need it all the time, thankfully). My MW has said that it's all quite safe - it's mostly homeopathics with some herbals, too. It's by NaturalCare and is called MoodFix. Might be worth a try for those with anxiety and other mood needs!
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<div style="font-style:italic;">there is a lavender and vanilla calgon?? *going to the store* Can you get it anywhere??</div>
I get mine at walmart
<p>I'm going for my first EFT appointment on Thursday. I can't wait to delve into energy psychology. Even with a combination of techniques, I still have a temper problem at times and am prone to anxiety for no apparent reason. I hope the EFT helps! Also, I work in a sometimes high-stress environment, and have a, at times, challenging DH...so any combination of stress relief works...as long as it's a combination, done so every day, several times a day. Not to be redundant with what others have included, this is what I utilize:</p>
<p>*herbal tea, preferably mint and honey</p>
<p>*drinking lots of water</p>
<p>*going to sleep at around the same time every night</p>
<p>*swimming for exercise and joy</p>
<p>*Meditation with Scripture, Praying, etc. (insert chosen spiritual or non-spiritual technique)</p>
<p>*Yoga-start up again tonight!</p>
<p>*watching hilarious youtube videos of kittens and puppies or visiting <a href="http://www.cuteoverload.com" target="_blank">www.cuteoverload.com</a></p>
<p>*hot baths or just long showers</p>
<p>A friend recommended hypnobabies..sounds great!</p>
<p>I guess I should have said *bump* on this older thread. <span><img alt="clap.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_1_1338925422469_730" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="width:35px;height:31px;"></span></p>