The University of Notre Dame Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute just released a new study about stress during pregnancy. The results suggest that stress in pregnant mothers may affect their child’s motor development into adolescence. Doctors and scientists have long suspected other links between chronic maternal stress and increased risk for both mother and baby.
Everyone experiences some stress in their lives. Pregnancy can certainly add additional anxiety. The key is to avoid the inflammatory response that can happen with chronic stress.
Here are 5 ways to Reduce Maternal Stress level for the benefit of you and your baby:
Listen to your body: Growing and getting ready for a baby can be hard work! It’s also not likely to be the only thing keeping you busy. Although there will always be something to do, it is especially important to monitor how you are feeling both physically and mentally. When you start to feel exhausted, take a break and get some rest.
Breathe deeply: From simple deep breathing exercises to more detailed meditation techniques, this is one of the best ways to relax. In addition to creating a more balanced and peaceful of mind, focused breathing helps with blood flow and oxygen circulation.
Seek out help: Get support from your partner, a friend, your healthcare provider, or an online support forum for moms-to-be. Even when others can’t take the stress away, it helps to talk. Remember that you are not alone.
Exercise: Incorporating more movement into your life during pregnancy has both physical and emotional benefits. Go for a walk, find an indoor pool, or seek out a prenatal workout class. There are lots of options for exercise during pregnancy. Just be safe, stay hydrated, and keep your heart rate under 140 beats per minute. Also, pay attention to any warning signs such as cramping, pain, or dizziness.
Laugh: You’ve probably heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” It’s no joke! According to the Mayo Clinic, a good laugh has both short-term and long-term health benefits. In addition to helping you relax and get more oxygen flowing, laughter boosts the immune system and can even relieve pain. These are all benefits that will help you and your baby. Rent a funny movie, search the web for hilarious memes, and get some friends together for a hearty chuckle.