Easy Ways to Deal with Stress during Pregnancy
- Stress has been one of the reasons for an increase in preterm labour cases and birth-defects.
- Whenever you think that your mind is about to explode; relax.
- Never wear tight clothes and sit uncomfortably.
- Don't stay alone; pregnant women living alone face maximum stress levels.
Stress remains inevitable in our daily lives and being pregnant does cause a certain level of physical and mental stress for every woman. During pregnancy the body undergoes a lot of changes as the foetus develops inside the womb of the woman.
During pregnancy, women's stress levels are high as she has dual responsibilty - ascertain own healthy being and that of their baby. Stress during pregnancy can cause damage to the development of the child in the long run. Stress has been one of the reasons for an increase in preterm labour cases.
Unhealthy lifestyle - Work-related stress is one of the common reasons that can affect baby's development. Health hazards such as consumption of alcohol, smoking and excessive intake of nicotine or caffeine.
Lack of physical activity - Lack of exercise, fitness and proper diet. Most pregnant women face stress due to irregular supply of food to the foetus or an inactive body.
Socio-economic - These include women getting pregnant under pressure, women facing unplanned pregnancy and financial crunch.
How to Cope with Stress during Pregnancy
Stress cannot be avoided but it can be minimised to a great extent if the following precautionary measures are taken:
- Whenever you think that your mind is about to explode; relax. The key is to not allow the mind to control you. Initially, it might take some time to make this a habit. Also, some women might take relaxing to a very physical level. This is not the right way to relax! For example, if you are worried about an immediate concern, try and engage yourself in some creative activity such as knitting, cooking, listening to music or just dialling up your friends. This should be practiced for the healthy development of your child.
- Never stay alone. Pregnant women living alone face maximum stress levels.
- Visit your healthcare practitioner and find out a suitable relaxing exercise for your body and mind. The most common exercise practiced by pregnant women is meditation or some stretching exercises prescribed by their doctors. These largely help in loosening up the tensed muscles in the body and help you relax! While exercising, make sure you concentrate on relaxing each part of your body slowly. The trick is to move each muscle of the body at least once.
- Never wear tight clothes and sit uncomfortably. Posture should be given due importance as sitting in wrong postures for extended periods of time can lead to physical stress.
Another way to avoid stress when you are alone or simply bored of things around you is to talk out loud and record whatever you have in mind. This is widely recommended by doctors as it helps in easing out the stress levels in the woman’s body through talk-therapy.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Oct 11, 2011
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