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Stress and its Ill Effects on You and Your Baby

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Any change in life brings in some amount of stress and so does the change that comes along with the pregnancy. During pregnancy, you may feel stressed, which is normal. However, if stress continues for long it may be a cause of concern.

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Stress can knock you down with minor health problems such as:

Identify activities that make you stressed. List them down and cut back on activities that you don’t really need to do. This will help you avoid the stress-triggers as well give you some extra time to relax.

  • Headache
  • Troubled sleep
  • Loss of appetite or increase in appetite

Or it can cause some serious problems such as:

  • High blood pressure or heart problems
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight baby

How can stress lead to pregnancy problems?

It is not clear how exactly stress impacts course and outcomes of pregnancy. However, scientists suggest that certain hormones released during stress can affect your immune system. This makes you susceptible to infections of uterus which in turn can lead to premature birth. Stress can also change the way you react to situations and make you more vulnerable and stop you from following a healthy lifestyle.

Can a high level of stress during pregnancy affect my baby?

Yes, some studies have found that babies born to mothers who experience high levels of stress during pregnancy are more likely to have poor attention span or feel afraid. Stress during pregnancy can also possibly affect your baby’s brain development and immune system.

So,identify factors that trigger stress in your life and avoid them opt for stress busters that can help you relax. Take care!!

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