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Stress During Pregnancy - How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant

Updated on June 16, 2011

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant. Pregnancy is a normal process or stage in women's life as pregnant women experience physical, emotional and mental changes throughout the stages of their pregnancy. At times, the changes take a toll on them and they are stress and experience anxiety. When these occurs, the baby in the womb is affected. According to Dr. Amos Grunebaum, a ob-gyn from the NY Presbyterian Hospital, stress can have serious effect on the baby in the womb. In a study aboutStress affecting pregnancy, it was found out that stress and anxiety may cause severe damage to the baby in the womb like :

  • premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • and worst stillbirth.
  • high blood pressureor preeclampsia to women who are pregnant if they can't stop worrying.

That being said, there are necessary things to avoid when you experience stress and anxiety when you are pregnant. This is the focus of this hub. .

How to aboid Stress and Anxiety During Pregnancy

How to avoid stress during pregnancy

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant

Signs of stress and anxiety in pregnancy :

  • Irritability
  • always crying
  • feeling sad
  • feeling inadequate
  • smoking drinking and other risk behavior -- it is debatable whether this is the cause or the effect of stress and anxiety, whatever is the true nature - it is still not advisable to smoke drink and put yourself and the baby at risk through these activities.
  • Negative thoughts

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant 1-- exercise and take a walk when you are pregnant. Indulge yourself in extra curricular activities like walking about thirty minutes a day when you are pregnant. Dr Oz, suggested to walk at least thirty minutes a day, this serves as an exercise for you and the baby. Make do with other form of exercise for prenatal women. Inquire and attend a class about it. I have written a hub about Simple and Easy Exercises for Pregnant Women, check it out and choose an exercise which is appropriate for you.

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant 2 -- You can relieve stress and anxiety using meditation -- Yoga as a technique in relaxation during pregnancy, read my hub about this -- Yoga During Pregnancy, and there are techniques in meditation which ease your mind of worries and make you concentrate more on the positive side -- this is included in my hub about meditation to ease labor pains -- How to Use Meditation to Ease Labor Pains.

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant 3 - Eat healthy diet when you are pregnant -- it is very important to have a healthy diet when you are pregnant, for you and the your baby. Read this hub about healthy eating when you are pregnant Healthy Foods and Diets for Pregnant Women -- plus foods to avoid when you are pregnant. Foods Which Are Unsafe for Pregnant Women. it is necessary to have the nutrients needed when you are pregnant, to make sure that you are healthy, eat healthy foods, drink lots of water and take vitamins for prenatal.

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant 4 -- Get enough sleep, the amount of sleep you need is usually your usual amount of sleep but take into consideration that an abnormal sleeping pattern is not good for you.

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant 5 -- Be positive and avoid dwelling on the things that is not yet there or things to come, there is always solution to problems and sometimes problem are solved as you go along with your pregnancy. When one is pregnant, there are many things that you are thinking, like the future of your baby and worries like health of the baby or whether you can cope up with pregnancy, that's why the next step is important--

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant 6 -- Talk to loved one and your friends about what you re feeling, mother are always comforting and if this is not possible, then talk to your friends or your partner about what you are feeling, worries etc.

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety When you Are Pregnant 7 -- If this bothers you, then talk to your health provider about it the stress and anxiety you are feeling. Your health provider ob-gyn should be a person whom you can trust and will develop rapport with them because there is nothing like the feeling that you are taken care of. The doctor will also know if this is due to hormonal changes and some other factors, and in that case they find the roots of the problem of your stress and anxiety.

Avoid in general smoking, drinking, drugs and other related risks when you are pregnant. Actually when you are planning to get pregnant, at that stage, you should also totally avoid it.

The help of the partner or the husband is also deemed important throughout the pregnancy and thereafter.

Conclusion :

There are hormonal changes occurring in the woman's body when one is pregnant and coupled with some personal problems and risk behaviors, a pregnant woman experience stress and anxiety. There are also easy to do things to avoid it like eating healthy foods, avoid risk behaviors and find counseling with health provider plus finding support and solace with your loved ones. Exercise and sleeping enough is also necessary to avoid stress and anxiety.

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Some birthing and delivery options hubs :

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  1. Different Ways of Giving Birth and How To Choose the Best Option
  2. Childbirth with Hypnosis -- Hypnosis Techniques In Giving Birth Plus Amazing Videos
  3. Introducing the Alexander Technique In Giving Birth Naturally
  4. Feeling at Ease With Water Birth Technique Plus Amazing Videos
  5. Give Birth the Natural Way By Lamaze Method : Cost and Where to Avail of Services
  6. The Bradley Method of Giiving Birth : Hubby, Where Are You
  7. Meditation To Ease Labor Pains

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    • Sage Williams profile image

      Sage Williams 6 years ago

      Nice job on covering every issue possible associated with being pregnant.

      Sage

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Sage, happy weekend, Maita

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Maita, you aren't pregnant by any chance?

      You have done a wonderful job with the pregnant topic. I remember all the stress I had when I was pregnant.

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      RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      No pregnant woman who has read your hubs has any excuse for not being aware of health related issues. Great job!

      Forever His,

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Mam Sandy, I am not pregnant, hehe, I am happy to say that I am done with my 30 days writing as part of the 60 day challenge I joined, Thanks Sandy, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Mam Rev thank you for visintg and reading this hub, I hope it will help a lot of women, Maita

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is wonderful Maita. You know you can certainly put together a booklet with all these healthy life affirming pregnancy tips - we just don't have all of this in one place. Women can suffer so much through pregnancy - beginning with having to take a vow of abject poverty because the US is the only country in the West that does not provide for paid maternity leave which should be a human right. It also discourages breast feeding in the name of profit for formula manufacturers - depriving babies of good natural health to strengthen the immune system.

      And we wonder why pregnant women are so stressed. We need all the help we can get.

      Thanks for another great hub!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      You've certainly "covered the waterfront" of issues involved in pregancy, Maita! Good work - and congratulations on completing the challenge you took on!

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      What about for Dad when Mum's pregnant Maita :)

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      "Quill" 6 years ago

      Hugs Sister... great hub as always...know that you are loved.

      Blessings

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      ladylux 6 years ago

      Great advice. My stress during pregnancy (and after) is that other moms can't mind their own business. It's not until I told them to respect my decisions that my stress abated. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Best method I know is to simply float in a hot tub, allowing the jet stream of water relax away all the tensions.

      KUYA Dave.

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      rprcarz50 6 years ago

      Maita,

      I of course will never be pregnant but this is wonderful content that anyone could use for relieving and avoiding stress .

      Thank you for another great Hub!

      Ron

      as always also a2z50

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Ron, you pregnant yet? hehe, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thats right Kuya Dave, immerse yourself in a soothing water with warm lavender, aromatherapy and BINGO, zzzzzzzzzzzzz, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Lady, youre correct, hehe, it gets stressful when some times people expect you to do this and that instead of walking with you if you know what I mean, Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Quill, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      I probably write one about men as well Billy, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Mam Nellie, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you BK, and your advice and insights are good, I didnt know that US doesnt pay for maternity leaves and about breatsfeeding -- thats not nice, as breastfeed babies are the best babies -- immune etc.

      Hmm, one day I might put this together, thank you my dear friend, Maita

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      Panic 6 years ago

      Meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques calm the mind and body and reduce stress. Meditation helps in relieving pain, lowering blood pressure, and getting good quality sleep during pregnancy. It can be done in an undisturbed environment with eyes closed and mind focused on peaceful thoughts. Antenatal yoga which includes breathing techniques can have a very beneficial effect during pregnancy and help reduce anxiety and panic attacks. Relaxation techniques such as massages help in relieving back pains, headaches, leg cramps during pregnancy. It also relaxes the nervous system by releasing endorphins and balancing stress levels in the body.

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