Stress at work during pregnancy: Will my baby be affected?

Stress during pregnancy

Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the most relaxed and happiest times in your life. Sometimes though, your career doesn’t align well with it and you may be in a high-stress job. It so happens that when you’re stressed, your body sends out cortisol and a host of other hormones and ends up going into "fight or flight" mode. These are like adrenaline, the same same hormones that surge when you are in any physical danger and set your heart racing. In those situations, they are meant to prepare you by fueling your muscles and pumping your heart. But, constant stress can alter your body’s stress management system, causing overreaction by triggering an inflammatory response .Chronic stress could also contribute to subtle differences in brain development that might ultimately lead to behavioral issues, as the baby grows.

So yes, stress does indeed affect pregnancy. But in this day and age with women shouldering more and more responsibility, it would seem like it is unavoidable. And it is counterproductive to stress about stressing.Try to change things around if you can and don’t stress but learn to cope with it, if you can’t.

What you can do to deal with work stress during pregnancy

When it comes to work, try to think about ways to take lesser responsibilities, flexible hours, etc. Wrap up old projects, and do not take on new ones. This makes sense simply because maternity leave is right around the corner. If somehow reducing your workload is not feasible, use the many tools available to you out there, to help manage the stress. Consider meditation, journaling, counseling, yoga and stress reduction classes. Even if this is new for you, pregnancy is an excellent time to begin.

Alternatively, you could use tapes or audiobooks to listen to, on your commute that will help you relax. Exercise is a great stress buster. Remember to set aside time for regular, exercise which boosts the happy hormones in your blood. Also keep your blood sugar levels normal and eat small, frequent, healthy snacks throughout the day. The healthier your body is, the better it can handle the inevitable stress thrown at it.