Journaling is a powerful tool to help you cope with your high-risk pregnancy.
In the midst of the chaos that’s going in your mind, with all of the “what ifs” and trying to make sense of your complications, journaling forces you to slow your thoughts down. (Tweet that!)
It gives you the ability to get out of your head, step back and gain some perspective on what is currently troubling you.
Writing also helps you to gain some clarity on what your stress or anxiety triggers are. (They’re often not what we think!) (Tweet that!)
Emotional and physical benefits of journaling
Journaling can lead to a deeper understanding of what you're going through and help you gain insights that will help you cope with the unknowns of a complicated pregnancy.
Stress impacts you and your baby.
Stress in pregnancy has been linked to higher rates of preterm delivery, increased contractions and hypertension, among many other risk factors to further complicate your pregnancy.
Managing your stress can have a tremendous impact on your health and the health of your baby by lowering blood pressure and slowing contractions as well as lowering your baby’s risk for developmental delays in the future.
Writing about stressful events and can help you learn how to cope with them better, which reduces the impact of stress during your high-risk pregnancy.
Journaling also helps you change the way that you think about your pregnancy.
Attitude is such an important part of coping with the ups and downs of a high-risk pregnancy. (Tweet that!)
It’s natural to have days where you feel like nothing you do matters, you can’t control anything or like you’re useless for being on bed rest. Every single mom with a high-risk pregnancy has days like this. You’re not alone in this!
However, reflective writing can help bring you back up from those down days by helping you remember ways that you are still in control. This will help you to feel more hopeful, improve your mood and give you renewed energy to fight on another day.
Writing is also a fantastic way to improve your self-confidence.
Going through a high risk pregnancy can bring up so much self-doubt for moms who are worried they're not doing enough to protect their baby. The constant worries can make you feel down on yourself, making you feel guilty for what you believe you’re putting your baby through.
Journaling can boost your self-esteem and your mood by helping you to reflect on positive experiences that are happening right around you that you may be missing.
Focusing on your strengths and what is going well can shift the way you view yourself during your pregnancy and rebuild your confidence so you can see yourself as the strong, warrior mom that everyone else knows you as.
Most importantly, journaling can have long-term impact too.
Anxiety and depression during pregnancy have been linked to a higher risk of postpartum anxiety or mood disorders. In addition, a high-risk pregnancy typically increases mom’s risk of developing PTSD after the baby is born.
Expressive writing through your pregnancy not only improves mood during pregnancy, but it protects you from further emotional complications when you bring your baby home. (Tweet that!)
Do you journal on a regular basis? How has it help to you? If you haven't tried journaling before what has. You? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!