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Stress and Pregnancy

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by Lumena Brooks

You have been through enough stress dealing with infertility. Now that your pregnant.
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It should be over. WRONG. Now you just want this to end with a happy beautiful, and healthy baby.

Stress

-A state in which a strong demand is made on the nervous system.

Nervous

-excitable, easily agitated

Two definitions from the New Webster’s Dictionary, but you probably already knew the definitions. You have been through enough stress dealing with infertility. Now that your pregnant. It should be over. WRONG. Now you just want this to end with a happy beautiful, and healthy baby.

What can you do to help with the outcome?

You can try to eliminate stress as much as possible. We all know our own little quirks that we do when we’re stressed. For example biting our nails. Sometimes we need to recognize our stress signs first.

  • worrying about something going wrong
  • muscle tension
  • headaches
  • short tempered
  • overeating

How does stress effect Pregnancy?

In all my research, I haven’t found one thing that says stress can contribute to the loss of a baby. You want to try your best to have a memorable experience. Being pregnant and high risk comes with it’s own stress. You don’t need to add on to it.

So what are the things you can do to manage stress?

Support Groups

What better way to know that your not alone. Then being among woman who are going through the same things. You can find them in your local newspaper and online.

Aroma Therapy

The smell of chocolate always put a smile on my face. If you can find an aroma that puts a smile on your face, and doesn’t make you feel like running to the bathroom. Have it around the house, or in a special place.

Ask Questions

You have a support team that wants the same thing you do. Ask them the questions you need to feel at ease and informed. Listen to them. There’ll be honest when it’s something of concern.

Journal

Writing your feelings down can help you figure out what’s really on your mind. Putting words on paper of what you are maybe afraid to say out loud.

Crying

I still believe a good long cry helps release tension, and makes you feel better.

Park

Sitting in the park and watching the children play. Can give you a little joy. Something to look forward to in the future.

Yoga

If your doctor permits. Yoga is a great way to relax the body, and help you feel refresh.

Eating Well

Just because there is two of you. Doesn’t mean you have to eat for two. Follow your meal plan. Find healthy yummy treats. That will help you forget about all those fast foods.

You’ve made it this far on the hope, faith, support team, and each other. You’ll soon have the baby you’ve always wanted in your arms. Relax and enjoy each day you have your baby. A life that you help create is inside of you. Thinking about that should put a smile on your face.

© Lumena Brooks



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