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Maternal stress during pregnancy

Maternal stress during pregnancy

  • August 11, 2020

It is rightly said that the strength of a maternal is like no other. For a mother pregnancy is the phase of major changes. Changes in life, body and emotions. Thus it is very prevalent for them to develop stress during their pregnancy. 

Change might be actively embraced by some women, whilst others actively reject it. Those who reject it begin to experience negative effects of stress. Stress increases the level of cortisol, norepinephrine and inflammation which negatively affects the fetal environment and have adverse effects on maternal and infant health.

Some of the causes of maternal stress are as follows:

  • fear of pregnancy loss.
  • fear of labor and delivery.
  • physical changes, like nausea, tiredness and backache.
  • work and helping your employer prepare for your maternity leave.
  • fear of taking care of the baby.
  • financial stress related to raising a child.
  • Severe mood swings.

Researches suggest that stress in the womb can affect a baby’s temperament, neurobehavioral and motor development. Some of the adverse effects on the child’s motor development due to maternal stress can be:

  • ability to touch a finger to their nose and then back to the index finger
  • distance jump
  • heel-toe walking along a line, and
  • standing on one foot.
  • Hand strength

Maternal stress during pregnancy may lead to birth defects such as 

  • Premature baby (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) 
  • Low-birth weight baby (weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces).
  • Cleft lip- Baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy.
  •  Palate-  It separates a baby’s oral cavity from the nasal cavity.
  •  Spina bifida- A birth defect in which a developing baby’s spinal cord fails to develop properly.

Baby’s whose mothers develop severe stress during pregnancy, specifically in the first trimester, are at high risk of having depression, anxiety and irritability.

If you are suffering from severe Maternal Stress triggered by any stimulus, take the best advice on how to reduce and manage it from Dr.Renu Malik at Radix Healthcare.

https://radixhealthcare.org/doctors/drRenuMalik or Call us at 9873613111

Some of the effective ways how you can manage maternal stress at home are:

  1. Meditate and do some breathing exercise. 
  2. Stretch To Feel Better Fast. 
  3. Get Plenty Of Rest. 
  4. Stay hydrated and eat healthy & fresh food of your choice.
  5. Move to a positive environment.
  6. De-stress With A Massage.
  7. Tense & Relax. 
  8. Employ Positive Self-Talk.
  9. Sip On Peppermint Tea.
  10. Talk To Someone Else About What’s Bothering

Maternal stress is common and normal to occur. Be optimistic, energetic and excited to witness the miracle of life. Once the baby is out, I’m sure you’re gonna be proud of yourself that you made that!! 


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