What are the benefits of stress management during pregnancy?
Pregnancy can be an exciting stage in a woman's life, but is often accompanied by unpleasant symptoms and stressors. During pregnancy there are physical changes in the body such as feeling nauseous or more tired than usual, having constipation, aches and pains and mood changes. There are also many additional things to think about and many women have concerns about labor, delivery, the baby's health, parenting, and relationships; all things that can contribute to additional stress! Everyone has some stress, but knowing how to manage your stress so it doesn't overwhelm you can make you feel better and ultimately lead to a healthier pregnancy.
We know that the more major, stressful life events you experience during pregnancy, the higher the risk that your baby will be born early. Stress management is especially important in pregnant women with family history of high blood pressure and heart disease. The good news is that there are various techniques that you can use to manage your stress and lower the risks that stress will affect you and your baby.
The benefits of stress management and reducing stress include:
- Improving your immune system.
- Reducing the risk of developing depression accompanied by stress.
- Feeling better: less frequent anger or hostility, less crying fits.
- Lowering the risk of your baby being born early or of low birth weight.
- Reducing your risk for heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis, type 2 diabetes, kidney dysfunction, and certain cancers.
- Lowering the likelihood of having problems with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, especially if you are all ready at high-risk for these conditions.