Managing stress levels while pregnant

Don't be afraid to ask for help to manage stress

NEW YORK (CNN) – Stress is completely normal for pregnant women, in fact pregnancy itself may be one of the reasons you feel so stressed out.

“It’s really possible that being pregnant can be increasing your stress physically are automatically at a heightened state,” said Dr. Sujatha Reddy, M.D, Premier Care for Women.

We all know that pregnant or not, too much stress is not a good thing for our bodies. However, the jury’s still out on how a women’s stress level affects the fetus.

“In pregnancy it’s not so clear cut they’re not sure if that stress is harmful although it can make your pregnancy a lot tougher. There is some data that potentially says that kind of stress can increase your risk of a smaller baby and also pre term labor,” said Dr. Reddy.

You can manage stress in a variety of ways.

“A couple of things that can help you know relaxation techniques maybe that’s a hot cup of tea or a warm bath or learning true breathing techniques that can help you,” said Dr. Reddy.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Tell someone just how stressed you’re feeling. Dr. Reddy also recommends taking some time for yourself. She suggests going to a movie, going for a walk or just finding a quiet place to get away.

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