Life is full of stress. As the years go by we are subject to increasing amounts of stress. Hans Selye describes stress as the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change. We are all subject to it although its effects on our bodies differ from person to person. How we personally handle stressful situations and how difficult the situation is are factors to how the stress affects our life. Stress manifests with different physical or psychological symptoms and are often ignored until they affect us seriously. Believe it or not, stress is one of the leading causes of illness worldwide. Consequently, it can cause hypertension, heart disease, depression, etc.
Types of stress.
Positive or negative experiences can both be stressful. Eustress is the name of the positive one and is caused by situations considered happy or good. Some examples are weddings, childbirth and holidays. Distress is the negative type and is caused by traumatizing or unhappy events such as the death of a loved one, an accident, etc. Pregnancy is considered both. It is a big time of joy and adjustment. Because of pregnancy, your body experiences physical stress, in addition to the pressures of daily life during this stage. Some of us deal with the demands of our jobs, families, and chores along with being pregnant. Other women struggle with unhealthy situations such as emotional or physical abuse, the break-up of their marriage, infidelity, or other stressful situations. These extreme situations leave the unborn baby vulnerable to the stress that mommies feel.
What can stress do to my child?
Miscarriages, pre-term delivery, birth defects, or even result the death of both mom and baby are some causes of stress. Cortisol, the stress hormone can increase to high levels for mom and baby therefore causing high blood pressure. Preeclampsia may be a result of high blood pressure and may bring other pregnancy complications. As a result, babies can suffer from from high blood pressure throughout their lives or other physical, mental or developmental defects.
In conclusion, whatever happens during your pregnancy, it is extremely important to remember that you must take care of your body and safeguard your baby’s life. How you deal with stress is in your hands. Here we leave you a good resource to find ways to cope with stress during your pregnancy. Finally, don’t forget to also ask for help whenever you feel you can’t take care of it on your own. If you have questions about your pregnancy visit Here is Baby or call so that we can answer any questions.