Stress and pregnancy


There are many possible causes of stress during the major life change of pregnancy, you might be feeling a loss of control, or that you don’t have the resources for this life changing experience. You may have had a previous negative pregnancy experience, or you don’t feel ready for the physical changes of pregnancy. And the current Coronavirus pandemic, which is making life in general more stressful for many people because of the rapid changes taking place and having to adopt unfamiliar behaviours, will not be helping you to feel less stressed.

Stress could cause problems for your baby, for example affecting your unborn baby’s growth, or an increased risk of problems with your baby’s future physical and mental development. So as well as taking care of your physical health during your pregnancy, it’s important to look after your mental wellbeing by trying to manage and deal with the stress you’re experiencing.

The following tips might be helpful as coping strategies for stress:

  • Connect with people – keep in touch with family, friends and your support network.

  • Maintain a healthy diet – eat well balanced and regular meals to avoid blood sugar imbalances.

  • Exercise daily – make use of the opportunity take exercise outdoors once a day, or exercise at home.

  • Keep to your routine – as much as possible keep to your usual daily routine, this includes regular sleep and waking up times.

  • Set daily goals – achieving these can give a sense of control in your life.

  • Learn relaxation techniques – it is not possible to be stressed and relaxed at the same time.

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol – these can aggravate stress and anxiety.

At Muma Nurture we are following the government guidelines and the office is temporarily closed, but we are still "here" for you. Please contact us to find out what we can do for you. New clients are still being taken on using zoom, and for more information regarding this you can Whatsapp Muma Nurture on: 07460775495, or email: contact@mumanurture.org.

We understand how anxiety can be bought about through this huge change which is why we feel it is extremely important that we are still here to offer our support and service. Please do ensure you are taking the time out to look after yourselves during this period, as it can be so easy to get caught up in the situation and forget about one of the most important things; your own wellbeing.

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