Stressed While Pregnant?

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Stressed While Pregnant?
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 9:19am

When you're expecting, it's easy to stress about pretty much everything, from the little things ("Will I ever stop feeling like I'm about to barf?") to the big ("Will my baby be healthy?"). What's not so easy? Tuning out all those worst-case-what-if scenarios, relaxing and enjoying the nine months before your new addition arrives. While Dr. Allison Hill, an obgyn and co-author of The Mommy Docs' Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth says there's no strong evidence that your stress can negatively affect your baby-to-be (one less thing to stress out about!), it's certainly good for your health to keep your stress levels in check. So try one -- or all! -- of these ways to be a calm preggo.

Stressed While Pregnant? Here's How to Be a Calm Preggo-

How's your stress level during this pregnancy?  Do you find yourself constantly worrying about one thing or another? What are you doing to stay as calm as possible?

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Registered: 02-13-2011
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 3:21pm
i thought i read something somewhere about mom's stress/anxiety around the 12 week point impacting the baby. i can't remember where i read it, but the study showed that high stress and anxiety led to a higher liklihood of ADD or ADHD. after a miscarriage, my anxiety level was fairly high early in the pregnancy. Once i read about this study, i made it a point to try to be more calm about everything. i also had the NT scan at 12 weeks, and the all-clear on that helped calm my nerves a bit as well.


Expecting #1 (a boy!) on January 16, 2013