stress and self care during pregnancy

Stress & Self-care During Pregnancy

... improving you and your baby’s chances for a healthier and well balanced life

Feeling stress during pregnancy is common because of the many changes your body is experiencing. Stress can come from a wide variety of areas, but how you manage it can make all the difference.  Everyday life stress is inescapable, but prolonged periods of stress that don’t let up can have some damaging effects. While we don’t completely understand the role that stress can play in your pregnancy, certain hormones released during chronic stress could possibly affect your pregnancy.  Effects like high blood pressure, vulnerability to infections, and lower birth weight could possibly occur. That’s why it’s important to build stress-relieving habits into your life, improving you and your baby’s chances for a healthier and well-balanced life. Adding these tips to your daily routine can enhance your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health during your pregnancy.

Here are few suggestions:

    • Eat a healthy balanced diet
    • Practice good sleep hygiene 
    • Exercise
    • Meditation/Prayer
    • Build a good support network (family, friends & community) and share your feeling with others.   Ask for help when needed.
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about Group Prenatal Care

Alcove Health in Newport News is a safe place to meet one on one with a client advocate and discuss your pregnancy concerns.  Call us at 757-591-8141 today to schedule your no-cost appointment.

If you’re dealing with stress from an unplanned pregnancy and you’re considering abortion, click here to make an appointment for your no-cost medical services and abortion consultation. We see you . We want to help.

By Meg, RN, BSN

February 5, 2021

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