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Cause of stress during pregnancy that can affect both mother and child

stress during pregnancy

Folk! How are you doing? I hope you would have loved my last article. I receive lots of emails on a regular basis and a large section of my readers are women. I never thought about it. I need to definitely ask my readers what they really like about my writing style.
So this article is dedicated to all my women friends.
I know this post is going to be a big hit on my blog. I have researched a lot before I decided to pen down this post.

Highlights:
  • The reason for stress during pregnancy.
I will try my best to inculcate all the major topics related to stress during pregnancy. Since this topic is mostly related to mothers and infants so the post will be again a detailed one. I request you all once again to have patience while reading this post.

Let's Begin...

'I am pregnant' are the three words that excite almost every woman who wants to be a mother but it also comes with emotional, physical and lifestyle changes leading to stress. A little stress is definitely not a concern for a pregnant woman but a prolonged stress can give birth to lots of complication.

A premature or a low-birth-weight baby is an example of prolonged stress.

[What are the reasons for stress during pregnancy?]

Parenting Abilities- This is a reason of concern mostly for the couples who are becoming parents for the first time. The first-time mothers will have many questions.
Will I be a good mother?
Will I be able to fulfill my child financial needs?
Will I be able to raise my child in a normal way?
What all needs to be done before the child is going to be born?
Will I need to change my daily routine?
How will I manage my job and child?
How much support will I get from my husband?
Is parenting really stressful?
Am I capable of handling all the issues related to a newborn baby?

The list of questions can be never-ending. Sometimes the feeling of motherhood can lead to abnormal behavior. I will say you to relax because we are here to help you.

To help yourself, cope with stress, read as many books as you can, related to parenting and motherhood even before you give birth to the child.

Try to spend some time with small kids and ask their parents all your doubts. I believe getting accustomed to the child caring can drastically reduce the stress.

There are lots of blogs related to parenting and motherhood. You can pick a few and start enjoying the moment.
Parenting Abilities-Reason for stress during pregnancy

I will recommend you to join a few groups related to motherhood, infant care on Facebook and ask your doubt in the group. This will definitely help you to cope with stress.

Concern about the Previous Child- A new member of the house is definitely gonna change lots of thing. First and foremost thing is the reaction the previous child will show towards the new baby. It is very common that now the attention of the parents will be towards the newborn baby. The older children may feel insecure or may miss the attention. I have seen in some cases the older child has behaved in a very different way. There has been a sudden change in the behavior of the older child to seek attention. For e.g; Not doing the homework, not eating food properly, start crying for very small things etc.
Concern about previous child-reason for stress during pregnancy

On the other hand, parents also get stress by seeing a sudden change in the behavior. In some cases, the older child starts ignoring the parents which bring lots of emotional stress to the mother.

I will not say that the older child will be normal as before in a couple of days but if given proper attention along with love and care, things can be sorted out quickly.

You will need to develop trust in your older child that the love and attention will remain the same in spite of the fact that a newcomer has arrived.

Baby Health Concern-It is obvious, a mother will be concerned about the unborn baby. The fear of miscarriage, proper physical development and many more can cause you severe stress. The main reason for the stress related to baby health concern can be reading articles related to what can go wrong or participate in discussion related to it. I will request you to NOT get too much involved in the articles which have negative vibes. It's always good to have knowledge of the symptoms related to serious disease but at the same time thinking more about it can create a psychological and emotional stress.

I will recommend you to buy Fetal Heart Monitor , it has helped many moms to "check in" with their baby more often and give them a piece of mind.

Physical Discomfort-The pregnancy is NOT easy. You will feel lots of variation and changes in your body over a time span of 9 months. Many of these symptoms will come and go during these time span. Some of the common symptoms include but not limited to swollen body, nausea, feeling tired, headache, sweating etc.

I have personally used Queen Rose Full Body Pregnancy Pillow and it gave me a great comfort. It gives great comfort to your stomach and you can put all the weight of your stomach on this pillow.
 
Financial Stability- A new member is going to be added to your family. You need to be well prepared in financial terms to welcome your newborn baby. At times you will find a lot of new expenses you had never expected. To keep a track of the baby, you have to visit the doctor on a regular basis. It's not only about the child but the mother also needs a regular checkup. To sum it up, you are gonna spend a lot more on doctors and medicines.

I will recommend you to read thoroughly "What to expect when you are expecting".

In my case, I prepared a financial plan even before my baby was born. The plan inculcated NOT only the initial expenses but the child study and other expenses also. My financial plan also included the college degree cost. It helped me to understand my financial need when a new baby was born. I selected some of the investment plans and invested according to my need. In today's world, it's very important to invest before it's too late.
In case you are taking unpaid maternity leave then please make sure that you have enough funds to cover your expenses during that time.

Financial planning is very important to cope with stress during and after pregnancy.

Fear of Giving Birth-

When I was first time pregnant, I used to get stressed whenever the thought of delivery used to come to my mind. I have not only heard but seen also that the pain during child delivery is unbearable. There are a large number of articles available on the internet but none helped me.

Here I  would like to mention that every childbirth is different and thus all the mothers have to deal with an element of surprise. You don't know when and how you are gonna give birth to your child and as a result, even the best plan can take a back seat.

You can buy the book mind over labor by Carl Jones. This book has helped me a lot during pregnancy to cope with stress.



The best thing about the writer of the book is the kind of experience he poses. He is a certified childbirth educator. In his book 'Mind Over Labor', he tells you the method you can use to teach your mind to co-operate with your body leading to less stressful and more natural childbirth.

Weight Gain-It is very natural and most of us know that once a woman is pregnant, she will gain weight. If the question in your mind is how much? Then definitely I would say that it depends. Most of the woman I have come across gets stressed out by seeing the change in their body. Even though they know that gaining weight is common but still they aren't able to cope with this sudden change in body behavior.

Consult your doctor in case you are feeling that you have gained more weight as compared to weight gain limits conveyed by the doctor.


During pregnancy, it's always advisable to eat healthily, quit your bad habits, drink plenty of water and other vitamins and minerals rich fluids. Taking rest and doing some exercises will help you to cope with stress.


Always remember to remain under doctor's weight gain guideless. Crossing the limit can lead to severe complication. I will recommend you to use Balance High Accuracy Bathroom Scale.



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Career Concern- 
According to my understanding of pregnancy, every woman in this world should be aware of the basic rights in the workplace. Trust me, it will help a lot in coping with workplace stress. To get a better understanding you can also refer to pregnancy rights and discrimination at workplace page by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Coming back to the topic, let's break the Career Concern topic into smaller ones.


Career Concern-cause of stress during pregnancy


Will I be able to work after my child is born?
When should I go for maternity leave?
My financials are NOT in the place, What NEXT?
I get stressed out easily at the workplace, Should I continue working?

Already I have discussed previously in this post about the financial planning. I know it will play a crucial role in making a decision. Whether you have to take a maternity leave or you want to stay at home after the childbirth, a lot depends on your financial condition and of course your partner support.

I will recommend you to invest in some child plan even before you are planning for a child. Secondly, consult your doctor and take maternity leave on time as delaying can adversely affect your body and mind.

In the last few months before delivery, the body starts getting exhausted easily. It becomes very difficult to sit in one place for a long time.

I will say you NOT to get the concern about your career. With the passage of time, you will definitely find a solution. It's just a matter of time. Simply enjoy your motherhood and expect some support from your partner. If you will keep thinking about your career then it can affect your child adversely.

Try To Distant Yourself From a Stressful Situation AS MUCH AS You Can During Pregnancy.

Fear Of Change In Relationship With Your Partner- When you pregnant, a lot of thoughts will come to your mind every day. Some will be positive and the rest will be negative. One of them is the relationship with your partner after pregnancy.

Will he be interested in me?

I am more interested in sleep rather than sex, how to make my partner understand my situation?
I am not able to give time to my partner, Will he leave me?

There can be a never-ending list. It is you who have to cope with stress and these kinds of related thoughts. A new family member has come to your family so, definitely, things are never gonna be same again. As a mother, you have to give more time to your child as compared to your partner.
Fear Of Change In Relationship With Your Partner-cause of stress during pregnancy

The best way is to discuss all your doubts with your partner before it's too late. Remember to bring him on the same page before discussing the issues. The best thing is to involve your partner also in the child caring and another child-related daily task.

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Fear of harming your newborn baby accidentally- I often call this an emotional or psychological stress. When I first became the mother I used to be tensed whenever such thoughts used to come to my mind. As a mother, I was trying my best to protect my baby but I have a deep fear in the core of my heart of harming my newborn unintentionally. I am NOT a doctor so I was always worried about harming my baby. I used to restrict myself from smoking, drinking and other unhealthy activities. Trust me, friends, this thought goes into all the first-time mothers on this planet. It's very natural to get worried.
 Fear of harming your newborn baby accidentally-cause of stress during pregnancy

I will suggest you, keep a distance from all the stuff you think may harm your baby. After all, it's your responsibility to take care of your newborn baby.


Conclusion: Prevention is always better than cure. Always remember to stay alert against stress during pregnancy.



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