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Naturally Reduce Stress While Pregnant

Updated on November 15, 2010
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Whitney is a mom trying to evoke a healthy, happy life for herself and her family.

Stress During Pregnancy

Stress is never healthy on your body, but during pregnancy, you can find complications. Stress and anxiety during pregnancy can cause pre-term labor, lower birth weight, and other factors to include miscarriage during the first trimester.

If you know that you are prone to suffering stress and anxiety, you want to make sure that you accommodate that pressure as early into the pregnancy as you can.

During your pregnancy you want to make sure that you take better care of yourself and maintaining your stress levels, as in order to have a healthy pregnancy, you will have to be able to manage your daily activities, emotions, and overall life choices.


There are many things that you can do to manage your stress levels better. Being pregnant is already stressful enough, so you need to find a means to reduce the stress so that you can have a healthy pregnancy.

  • Figure out what activities you do in your regular life, and figure out if it is really doable. You want to cut out any unnecessary activities, do that you aren't over-worked.
  • Be prepared to give up the life you currently have, as there are times when you just can't control everything, so don't force it.
  • Be honest with yourself about your feelings and emotions about your pregnancy.
  • Do not let others tell you how you should feel during your pregnancy, and tell them to back off if you need to.
  • Continue to talk to friends and family to keep the lines of communication open; this will help create a means to relieve your stress, as you won't have to keep it all in.
  • Learn everything you can about pregnancy and each stage, as this will help you have an idea as to what to expect.
  • Take time for yourself. Go shopping. Go to the spa. Have a girls night out.

Other tips that you may want to consider to help relieve your stress without having to take any medications or supplements may include:

  • Getting more exercise.
  • Ensure that you're eating a well-balanced diet.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Join a support group.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed physician. If you have any questions, please consult your doctor for any concerns or questions that you may have.


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      Sheila Craan 7 years ago from Florida

      I agree stress in extremely damaging when we are pregnant. A pregnant woman should be catered to even when it doesn't seem logical.

      We all know pregnancy makes a woman very emotional. All attention should be given to the growing baby by talking to it lovingly and making sure the baby is in a calm secure environment before birth.

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      susannah42 7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks so much for this information. My daughter is pregnant and is suffering from stress, I will give ths information to her.