Everyone has and needs a Tribe. The people who know you, love you and have your back no matter what. You need them know more than ever.
Your Tribe is Your Support System:
Making pregnancy decisions is really done best with a tribe. You know, a group of trusted individuals that can walk alongside you and support you in your decisions. Girl, we all need support!
What Kind of Support Do I Need?
- Emotional Support: No one has time for crazy anxiety and stress. But, sometimes pregnancy hormones can bring some feelings that we don’t know what to do with. Reach out to trusted family and friends to talk to. You may want to contact a counselor to unload your anxieties upon. If you don’t know where to start, give us a call and we can help you out. If you are looking for some healthy coping mechanisms here are a few: listen to music, watch a movie, take a walk, journal, eat that hamburger if you want (just don’t over do it or binge on sugar) or do something you are passionate about to relieve stress. And, always, here at the center, we offer services that support you in your pregnancy journey every step of the way.
- Physical Support: You are of the upmost priority. Give yourself permission to take care of you. No matter what your decision on your pregnancy will be, it’s always important to love yourself now and always. Get good rest, eat healthy food and drink plenty of water. That can also help with that darn morning sickness, too. Take some deep breaths. Participate in some light to moderate exercise, and don’t cave in to your sugar cravings too much. It will put you in a healthy mindset to gather your information to make the best possible decisions about your pregnancy options.
- Spiritual Support: Take time to get quiet and reflect about your decisions, mediate, journal or draw to help you focus. Meet with any mentors (trusted friends, family or people you respect) you may have in your life. This could be teachers, neighbors, a best friend; whoever you feel you respect their opinion and life choices. These people are great to offer guidance in your pregnancy. Allow those around you to love on you during this time, and encourage your pregnancy and future decisions about what to do.
Your tribe is people that love you and don’t judge you. They will walk alongside you through thick and thin. They are your safe place. Don’t be worried about sharing your struggles. Wouldn’t you want to be there for them in a big decision? Of course you would! That’s what being part of a tribe is all about. Your tribe can include your parents, your husband/boyfriend/significant other, your friends, and even your advocate here at the center. They are here to lovingly listen while you to make the best decision for you and your pregnancy.