Stress and pregnancy both make you feel tired, tense and not quite up to speed, but stress during pregnancy can lead to far more serious problems.
Little surprises like hair loss during pregnancy can make you feel less attractive and self-conscious during those pregnant months. But did you know that pregnancy stress can actually harm your baby?
When you are stressed during pregnancy, the physical reaction of your body to stress (Fight or Flight response) can actually do harm to your baby. We’ll talk about that more below.
Here’s a brief video that talks about stress and pregnancy.
How Does Stress Affect Pregnancy?
Scientists are finding evidence that severe emotional stress during pregnancy may have detrimental affects on the unborn baby.
If a mother-to-be experiences extreme anxiety and stress, the baby is at risk of developing many different types of difficulties, including an increased risk for mental disorders and schizophrenia later in life.
In addition, chronic anxiety is related to an elevated rate of miscarriage, low birth weight, prematurity, infant respiratory sickness, digestive problems and possible physical defects such as a cleft palate or lip.
Listen to this video about increased risk of fetal harm, due to stress and anxiety:
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Stress Events That Affect Pregnancy
Doctors have always protected pregnant mothers from stressful events. While some questioned whether this was necessary, recent research confirms that stress can harm both the mother and her unborn child.
This list of stressful events will give you an idea of situations where you will need to be careful. Find ways to relax and relief some of your stress. If possible, simply avoid these situations:
- Negative life events – including divorce, separation, illness or death of a family member, losing your job or losing your home.
- Natural disasters – earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods. If you know that your home will be in the path of a hurricane, go stay with friends or relatives, out of harm’s way.
- Terrorist attacks or riots – Unfortunately this has become a reality in this day and age. If you know that there will be an angry protest, stay away from the area.
- Chronic stress – financial problems, health problems that you had before the pregnancy, depression or anxiety. Learn to keep your stress levels down, as much as possible.
- Worries about your pregnancy – Pregnant women often worry about having a miscarriage, going through labor and delivery, the health of their babies or about how good a parent they will be. A good hypnosis program can help relax you and get rid of those troubling worries.
- Smoking, alcohol and street drugs – None of these have a place in a healthy pregnancy. They are all stressful to the baby (and to you) and they can cause birth defects in your baby.
Why Stress Affects Pregnancy
When we experience extreme emotions such as fear and anxiety our bodies react by going into a state of fight or flight.
- Hormones are released into our bloodstream during during stressful moments, preparing our body to take defensive action.
- The main parts of our body that are used during a defensive situation are pumped with blood – the larger muscles, our brain and heart.
- As the blood is being directed to these, the other systems of our body have less blood flow, including your unborn child.
When a mother experiences excessive stress during pregnancy blood flow is reduced to the uterus. That deprives the fetus of nutrients and oxygen.
When you react very emotionally during stressful situations, you put your baby at risk for developing health problems or even birth defects.
Self hypnosis can get you calmed down within minutes. Here is a reputable company, Hypnosis Downloads, that offers a positive pregnancy hypnosis downloads .
Make sure that you keep negative stress to a minimum and learn how to handle stress during pregnancy and after your child is born. It is so important, for you sanity and for your baby’s health.