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.
Stress cannot be avoided but it can be minimised to a great extent if the following precautionary measures are taken:
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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