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The Mid-Pregnancy Blues

You're more than halfway through your pregnancy, but you may feel as if you've been pregnant forever -- and will remain pregnant forever. Feeling restless and anxious mid-pregnancy is normal. There's no way to zoom to your due date, but here are a few things you can do to soothe those mid-pregnancy blues:

  • Take a walk. Exercise invigorates your body by speeding up your circulation and improves your mood by triggering the release of feel-good brain chemicals. Grab a friend or neighbor, tell her you'd like to talk about anything but pregnancy, and set off. Tired of the same old walking route? Drive someplace different, park the car, and set off from there.
  • Create a distraction. See a movie, focus on your favorite hobby, spend the day with a good friend, or get caught up in a project in your community or church.
  • Read something besides pregnancy books. As important as it is to educate yourself, it's also good to put aside pregnancy and baby books sometimes. Grab the latest best seller, a trashy novel, or a fascinating nonfiction book. The same goes for television: Skip the televised show-everything vaginal and cesarean deliveries on the health channels.
  • Sign up for a class that's not related to pregnancy. Learn how to grow perennials, do your own taxes, put up wallpaper, shoot better photos, improve your computer skills, salsa dance, or trace your ancestry; learn something new, no matter what you choose. Classes are offered almost everywhere, from community centers and home-improvement superstores to crafts stores and camera shops.
  • Go away for the weekend. A change of scenery might be exactly what you need -- and it's a nice time to rekindle some passion with your partner.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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