Here you though life was stressful enough, and then that little plus sign popped up in the window of your pregnancy test. Whoa! You鈥檙e a growing ball of anxiety, and you really need to calm down 鈥 right now. It鈥檚 okay: You鈥檝e totally got this whole mama thing. Let it go. Just feel the calm wash over you and kick that anxiety out. Yeah, that鈥檚 easier said than done. Time to check out these simple suggestions for de-stressing during pregnancy.

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1. Take a baby-cation. Get out of here鈥 literally. Leave town, and leave all those stressors behind. Pick your favorite type of place (beach, woods, city) and book a long weekend away. Oh, and there鈥檚 absolutely no rule saying this has to be a 鈥渂abymoon鈥 with your S.O. Why not take your baby-cation with your BFFs for a girls-only weekend getaway? Turn off your cell, forget about answering work emails, and book a massage.

2. Make a day of beautification. In less than nine months, your idea of a 鈥渂eauty routine鈥 will most likely include putting your half-brushed hair into an unintentionally messy bun, smoothing your super-dry hands with the baby鈥檚 lotion, and wiping the spit-up off your cheek: in other words, the opposite of a fancy salon experience. Give yourself a one-day break and beat the stress by getting beautified. Sit back, relax, and let the pros take care of your skin, hair, and nails.

3. Shop 鈥 for yourself. You鈥檝e spent countless hours shopping for your soon-to-be baby. The sheer number of onesies you鈥檝e already bought astonishes you. Between the gear, the gadgets, the outfits, and everything else, you鈥檙e kind of sick of shopping. What?! Hmm, maybe it鈥檚 not so much that you鈥檙e tired of shopping, but more that you鈥檙e tired of shopping for someone other than yourself. Forget the baby stuff, and take a trip to the mall (or head online) just for yourself. Forget about maternity gear. Focus on things you really don鈥檛 need but totally want. Treat yourself to a new pair of shoes, a sweet scarf, or the bag you鈥檝e been eyeing for the past few months.

4. Get in a regular workout. You already know that exercise releases your pent-up stress. That鈥檚 probably why you hit the gym after a not-so-perfect day at work. Unless your doc says that exercise (or a specific type of physical activity) is a no-no, go ahead and take a jog, go for a swim, or take a prenatal yoga class. Not only will it take your mind off everything pregnancy, but it will also improve your mood and get your body ready for the marathon that is labor and delivery.

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5. Read more about pregnancy, childbirth, and babies. Seems kind of counterintuitive, right? But sometimes arming yourself with knowledge is the only way to relax. Instead of imagining the absolute worst, learn about the reality. Sit back, kick your feet up, curl up with a book (or a blog), and educate yourself on everything to do with becoming and being a mommy.

6. Throw a movie-fest. And make it a comedic one! If the baby-centric learning opp didn鈥檛 calm you down, go in the total opposite direction. Take your mind off pregnancy with your favorite funny film. Pick an Amy Schumer, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy lineup, and laugh your way to a stress-free day.

7. Take a bath. Maybe you don鈥檛 have the time to spare for a full-on spa getaway. That鈥檚 okay. Fill the tub with warm water and slip in for a relaxing 鈥 and quick 鈥 soak. Hit the dimmer, put soothing music, and daydream about something other than your pregnancy.

8. Cook a meal. A real meal. Pick the most Pinterest-worthy recipe you can find and try to tackle it. Don鈥檛 worry if you aren鈥檛 exactly Top Chef material. The idea here is to take your mind off anything that鈥檚 stressing you out and focus on something less anxiety-inducing. And, bonus, you get a super-tasty meal out of it. Hey, you could even freeze half of it to eat after the baby is born!

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