Pregnancy Woes? How To Manage Stress While Pregnant.
May 23, 2018
It is safe to say that everyone struggles with the many stressors that life throws our way. Our jobs, our relationships, our family, the political state of our country, or even irrational concerns like being eaten by your cat can trigger stress. Stress is an inevitable part of life, but it’s how we manage your stress that matters. Adding pregnancy on top of your already existing life stresses can be difficult to manage. Many moms-to-be find a lot of things to worry about once they know they are pregnant. Questions like: Am I eating enough of the right foods? What things am I doing that will affect the health of my growing baby. What supplies do I need before he or she arrives. How will I juggle being a new mom and maintaining my career. There are many common reasons that pregnant women experience more stress than normal. Dealing with negative physical ramifications of pregnancy, such as constipation, morning sickness, backaches, generally feeling uncomfortable. Hormones during pregnancy can lead to significant mood swings that can put stress on work and personal relationships.
Worrying about what’s to come: labor, delivery, bringing your bundle of joy home. Many moms work and struggle to prepare for maternity leave, training colleagues or getting extra work done to compensate for the time off. I’m getting stressed writing about it.
Stress is a natural and relatively healthy part of living, experiencing a stress and resolving it is a healthy process our bodies go through. Having the skills to manage and cope with the inevitable stressors will ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy. However, when stress is so overwhelming that women have difficulties coping and dealing with the stress, this results in chronic stress. Chronic stress is an inflammatory condition that can lead to problems during pregnancy. Although not fully understood, some studies show that women who suffer from chronic stress during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to low birthweight babies or deliver early. In addition, there is some correlation between maternal stress affecting the mental health of children later on. Stressed in the womb seems to lead to stress out of womb.
Managing stress is something that many of us struggle with but can achieve with mindful habits. Meditation or yoga can help prevent or cope with the pregnancy woes! Talking with your partner, family, or fellow pregnant friends about what is stressing you can be a helpful tool in managing stress. And most important is eating a healthy balanced diet and getting moderate exercise. Research shows that diet and exercise have profound effects on helping your body manage stress. Working with a Nutrimedy nuExpecting dietitian can help manage your stress through healthy eating! Get Started Today!