Relaxing and taking it easy: Avoiding stress during pregnancy

stress during pregnancy

Relaxing and take it easy: Avoiding stress during pregnancy

From the time you conceived and made the announcement to each day your pregnancy progresses, there is probably only one thing you must have heard constantly said by different people – something along the lines of “Take rest” or “Chill! Take it easy!” Right? Well, it’s not for nothing. It’s all for your good.

Stress during pregnancy

Relaxing and taking it easy has become more important in this day and age, where stress rules everyone’s lifestyle. The root cause of this stress is the burden of expectations that the society places on a woman and those she places on herself. The main questions she places on herself:

  • Will I have a safe pregnancy?
  • Will I be able to manage career and pregnancy together?
  • Will I be able to manage career and motherhood effectively?
  • If need be, I may have to stay at home. Am I prepared for it?

Effects Of Stress During Pregnancy

Always remember that pregnancy in itself is a very stressful period for you. The blood flow increases, the heart rate increases, you undergo a lot of changes in the body. If that’s not enough, your immunity takes a nose dive and you become vulnerable to even the minor infections. If you add the outside stress factors, you are making yourself more susceptible to a problematic pregnancy.

Causes of Pregnancy Stress

Say the word stress, and the first things that creep in our mind are the big things. Because stress is a big word. But even the smaller things tend accumulate in our mind and cause stress.

  • Nutrition: Skipping meals is not good for you or the baby. The lack of nutrition in that period can harm the baby and make you weak and frustrated from the lack of energy.
  • Smoking: Smoking can cause undue stress to you and your baby.
  • Travel: Avoid unnecessary travel during pregnancy as it takes away from your resting time and can tire you easily.

Preventing Pregnancy Stress

First of all, it is very important for you to let go of all worries and questions. Understand that you don’t have anything to prove to anyone, and that worrying about a problem is not going to solve it.

  • Find someone you can talk to freely and discuss your troubles with them – your spouse, your mother, a friend, a sibling. You’ll find that that just talking about your troubles helps alleviate stress to a great extent.
  • If there are practical problems, brainstorm with someone from your family and tackle them. Such as arranging for household help, dealing with a problem from work.
  • Remember it’s normal to be concerned but not healthy to dwell on it. Take a deep breath, relax, and do something to comfort yourself!