Pregnancy can be a stressful time for many expectant mothers. Many pregnant women worry about how they are going to take care of the baby, financial difficulties, health problems or family issues. It’s hard not to worry about what life is going to be like after the baby is born! It’s important to remember that a mother’s stress can and does affect her unborn baby.
This is because stress hormones in mother’s bloodstream are passed onto baby unknowingly. When mom gets stressed out, so does the baby inside her. Unfortunately, stress can be devastating to a child’s growth and development!
Taking steps to reduce stress during pregnancy will drastically improve the health of the mother and her baby. The first step to reducing stress is to pinpoint exactly what’s causing it. For example, if you are forced to keep up too many of your usual responsibilities during your pregnancy, such as employment, housework, paying bills and more, ask for help! Communicate with your partner about sharing these responsibilities for the sake of your child’s well being. Be sure not to overstrain yourself during your pregnancy.
Meditation is another amazing way to relieve stress, whether you’re pregnant or not! Meditation helps you focus your thoughts and put your mind at ease. It takes a bit of practice to learn, but it is well worth the effort. EFT is another option. EFT stands for “Emotional Freedom Techniques” and involves tapping certain points on your body and repeating affirmations.
Relieving stress certainly doesn’t need to be complicated. Reading books or magazines, taking a relaxing bath and getting massages can really make you feel great and cut down on your stress level. Pregnancy is also a great time to start a new hobby. If you’ve always wanted to start scrapbooking, start a baby book for your son or daughter! If learning to sew is one of your goals, try making baby clothes or a quilt for baby’s crib.
No matter which method you choose to reduce your stress level, remember that you’re making an amazing decision by taking steps for your child’s health and well being. You’re already a great mom!