Surviving the Stress of Pregnancy
Without fail, every expectant mother will experience the pitfalls of stress during the duration of their pregnancy. Continuously elevated stress and anxiety levels can cause the release of cortisol which can hinder the development of your baby. If stress levels can't be decreased, visit your doctor or midwife for alternative treatment options.
Focus on Rest
It is important to take the time to focus on both yourself and your baby. This can be as simple as relaxing and talking to your baby. At 23 weeks of development, it has been found that the baby can hear you. Doing this now can help create an association with the baby so bonding has begun prior to delivery.
Mind Your Nutrition
Nutritional deficiencies can have a detrimental impact on your state of well-being throughout pregnancy. By gaining the appropriate vitamins and minerals you are more likely to deal with stress and depression that may come during your pregnancy. Omega-3's have been found to help alleviate these symptoms but should be cleared with your physician prior to supplementation.
Have Open Conversations
Pregnancy can be draining for some women. If you are having emotional issues or are dwelling on problems that you shouldn't, talking honestly with your significant other, family member or friend can help alleviate some of the burdens you are facing. Talking through things to gain outside perspective can help alleviate the associated stress.
Exercise has long been touted as a natural way to deal with stress and depression. Exercise releases endorphins, which trigger positive feelings similar to morphine, to help improve your mood. To ensure the safety of both you are the baby, make sure it is light exercise and consult your doctor for personal limits you may need to keep in mind.
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