How is stress dangerous during pregnancy?
The less you stress during pregnancy, the better, says nurse midwife Paula Greer. Learn why it's important to stay calm when you're expecting -- and some simple ways to de-stress.
Chronic stress throughout the entire pregnancy can lead to serious problems.
A certain amount of stress is normal during all pregnancies as your body goes through a lot of physiological changes.
But chronic stress throughout the entire pregnancy can lead to serious problems like intrauterine growth
retardation, where the baby doesn't get as much to eat, or high blood pressure and cardiovascular effects
for the mom. We've long known that chronic stress is not a good healthy thing for moms and babies.
Things that you might do to help increase your relaxation techniques is a great way to minimize your stress.
Have a fun day. Go out with a friend. Surround yourself during the pregnancy with other pregnant moms and support systems.
Take a childbirth class. Learn how to take that long soak in the tub. How to get your partner to give you a great aromatherapy
massage using some lavender to help relax your body and release the tension. Learn massage techniques that can be done that really
get rid of that headache and that tired neck and muscle feeling in the lower part of your back at the end of the day.
Stress is never good unless it's temporary. So if you're under chronic stress,
have financial concerns, things going on at home that you can't share , make sure you discuss it with your provider
so that you can come up with a plan to have a healthy mom and a healthy baby.
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