6 Tips to Help You Reduce Stress During Pregnancy
Here’s how to keep your cool during those nine months.
8 September 2019
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Whether it’s financial obligations, family worries or long working hours, everyone has some stress in their life – and we know it’s not great for our health, especially if you happen to be pregnant.
Now a new study – published in The British Journal of Psychiatry – suggests the children of women who suffer moderate stress during pregnancy are around 3x more likely to develop a personality disorder by the age of 30, and around 10x more likely if the mother reported severe stress levels.
It’s not always easy, but dealing with stress via healthy tools and coping strategies can help. Here are some tips and ideas for fostering some rest and relaxation during pregnancy…
1. Talk about it
Anticipating a big life change like the birth of a child can cause emotional stress for many expectant mothers. It’s also totally normal to feel anxious about the idea of going into labour – whether it’s the fear of pain, complications during birth, or simply the unknown that keeps you awake at night.
If your worries are overwhelming you though, it’s a good idea to talk through your thoughts with a therapist.
“Share your stress and worries with someone else, such as a therapist, and remember your GP is always there for you too,” says Dr Stephanie Ooi, GP at MyHealthcare Clinic (myhealthcareclinic.com). “We are particularly interested in a woman’s mental health during pregnancy, so if you feel things are getting too much, then please see your GP.”
5. Connect with other mums
If you’re feeling stressed about your pregnancy, it might feel like you’re the only one that’s going through it. It’s a good idea to try and find local support groups in your area where you can meet others who relate to what you’re going through.
Apps like Mush can link you up with other new mums or expectant mothers in or around your postcode. Even joining online forums like Mumsnet can help you feel connected to a larger community.