Updated December 07, 2009
Whether you're trying to conceive or are already pregnant, it's normal to view the idea of a new pregnancy with mixed emotions when you have a history of miscarriage. In addition to the excitement, you might also feel overwhelmed, anxious, and fretful after how your previous pregnancy ended. Here are some ideas for coping tips from About.com's Guide to Stress that may help you deal with the pregnancy stress.
Yoga has numerous documented health benefits and incorporates several other stress management techniques, including breathing and meditation. If you're pregnant, check with your doctor first and consider looking for a yoga class structured for pregnant women, with an instructor knowledgeable in prenatal yoga.
Guided imagery is like a form of self-hypnosis. The process is similar to meditation and has similar stress reduction benefits, but can take more practice to master.
Try to stay optimistic about your pregnancy. Although a small percentage will miscarry again, the odds are probably in your favor that you won't -- even if you've had multiple miscarriages in the past. Here are some tips for keeping a positive attitude and combating the negative "self-talk" that can increase your stress level.
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