How Stress Affects Pregnancy And How To Overcome It?

How Stress Affects Pregnancy

To begin with, I congratulate you on your new journey. Being a mother is like discovering strengths…you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed. But, wait, are you researching more about parenting and birthing options or are you unable to get proper sleep, or wondering what or what not to eat? Do you know all these questions and worries that run throughout the day in your mind can cause stress?

Also Read: Ways To Relieve Stress And Anxiety

Do not panic! It’s quite normal to have these feelings. During pregnancy, the female body undergoes lots of hormonal and physical changes. And to have stress under these situations is quite normal.

However, when this stress goes beyond a certain level, it might cause problems to your body and the baby. To understand this in a better way let’s read what are the causes of stress during pregnancy.

Causes of Stress During Pregnancy

    1. Fear of miscarriage

    2. Fear of delivery and labor

    3. Physical changes like backache, nausea, tiredness, mood swings, and whatnot.

    4. Fear of raising the baby properly

    5.Financial stress

    6. Workload

    7. Morning or evening sickness

Related Read: Perinatal Depression

Stress and Pregnancy: How They Are Related?

Stress is a part of life and all stress is not bad. However, worrying about the baby and pregnancy can lead to some serious issues. You are about to live golden moments with your baby if you will learn to overcome this type of stress.

Chronic stress aka continuous stress affects mental health and physical health. In the worst case, chronic stress increases the chances of birth complications like low birth rate and premature mature. The reason behind these circumstances is “fight or flight” mode. To read about fight or flight, click here.

Your body produces stress hormones that impact the baby’s stress management system. Other stressors that impact the health of the baby and your physical health are:

  • Sudden changes
  • Long-term hardships
  • Sudden natural disasters
  • Exposure to racism
  • Serious and chronic stress-related to pregnancy

Sudden natural disasters and sudden changes (like the death of a loved one) can also develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Therefore, if you or your loved one is going through this, consider getting professional help ASAP. To connect with a certified mental health provider click here.

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Body during pregnancy goes physical changes which result in trouble sleeping, overeating, or headache. Apparently, this affects the baby too! Furthermore, this results in complications such as:

1. Miscarriage

Prenatal stress is linked with an increased risk of miscarriage. Research shows that females who experience negative life events or chronic stress are prone to miscarriage. Similarly, it has been observed that working females have a high risk of miscarriage as they work really hard to make adjustments in their professional and personal life.

2. Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a complication that leads to the early delivery of the infant due to high blood pressure. Research shows that females with high blood pressure are prone to preeclampsia. Stress causes short-term alterations in blood pressure. The fact is not everyone with hypertension gets preeclampsia until and unless it is chronic.

3. Preterm Birth and Low Birth Rate

Research shows that preterm babies have learning disorders and developmental diseases. As adults, they are more prone to chronic disorders like high blood pressure, heart diseases, and diabetes. The fact is premature babies are born every day and most of them are quite well. The point of discussing these elements is to avoid risks during pregnancy.

Ways to Overcome Stress During Pregnancy

Ways to Overcome Stress During Pregnancy

1. Communication is the key

Do not isolate yourself during mood swings; keep communicating with your partner about your needs and the changes.

2. Build a support group

Surround yourself with the people who support you and can help you with the chores. If you’re a single mom, you can join any support group nearby that offers help for pregnant women.

Related Read: The Role of Social Support

3. Mindfulness is the new policy.

Mindfulness can help your overcome various mental health issues. Remember, physical health and mental health is related to each other. If you’ll focus on your mental health, eventually your physical health will also be improved.

4. Be healthy and consider healthy food

This might sound common, but try eating healthy and consider healthy habits. Follow a proper routine and take all the nutrients on time.

5. Do whatever makes you feel happy

Do what makes you happy. Focus on activities like yoga, listening to music, painting, doodling, and more.

Related Read: Discover and Recover your Inner Self with Art Therapy

6. Keep pampering yourself

Keep pampering yourself and plan a “me-date” for you. You can also satisfy your cravings, make sure you’re satisfying your cravings in a healthy way.

7. Plan and then practice

If you’re planning about taking any classes like newborn care, make sure you consider all the facts before registering for the classes or the course.

I hope this blog helps you to understand emotional stress during pregnancy. Comment down and share your thoughts related to stress and pregnancy. For more such content, follow Calm Sage on all social media platforms.

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