Stress is a major factor in our everyday lives – from jobs to money, families to relationships. You name it and we can stress over it! But there is no greater time to try to keep everyday stresses from impacting your pregnancy.
What are the causes of stress during pregnancy?
The March of Dimes provides expectant moms with a great overview of stress during pregnancy. Feeling stressed is common during pregnancy due to:
- Dealing with the discomforts of pregnancy, like nausea, constipation, being exhausted or having backaches
- The hormones that get released when you get stressed cause your muscles to tense up and tighten
- Hormonal changes can cause mood changes which makes it harder to handle stress
- Worry about what to expect during labor and birth
High levels of stress can also cause high blood pressure, which increases your chance of having preterm labor or a low-birth-weight infant.
Are you on a hamster wheel with mood swings?
If you have that feeling of riding on a never-ending hamster wheel with mood changes, you are not alone. Mood swings are mostly experienced during the first trimester between 6 to 10 weeks then again in the third trimester as your body prepares for birth. These mood swings may be caused by fatigue, physical stresses, or changes in your metabolism. Be sure to talk with your health care provider if you are having mood swings more often or if they become more intense.
Why is it important to relax while pregnant?
During pregnancy, you’ll want to be your best in all aspects of your mental and physical well-being. From healthy food choices to rest and relaxation, this is the time to remove the stressors in your life so that you can focus on your baby.
A relaxing pregnancy starts with educating yourself on ways to keep your body and mind in great shape. It’s important to talk with your OB/GYN first about any exercise or relaxation techniques while expecting. They are here to help guide and support you.
What are some great stress relievers?
- Prenatal Yoga
- Deep Breathing
- Guided Imagery
How to remove stress overload
- Write out your thoughts
- Take time for yourself
- Get enough sleep
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet to help keep you and your baby healthy
- Get moving
- Talk to friends or family members
- Get help from a professional
Relax, welcome to motherhood! Happy Mommy, Happy Baby!
The information on this site is intended to raise awareness and understanding of specific health issues. It should not be used for diagnosis or a substitute for health care by your physician.