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Stress in pregnancy is a modern challenge that requires specialist treatment.
Stress hormones circulating in the body can cause long-lasting developmental effects for our unborn child.
How are you feeling? Tired? Excited? Overwhelmed?
Pregnancy is a special and joyous time but can also be filled with worry and anxiety – particularly with the additional uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Fluctuating hormone levels, physical discomfort and uncertainty about the future can all contribute towards feelings of stress during pregnancy.
Looking after the baby may feel like your most important task during pregnancy but it’s just as important to look after yourself and think about your own needs.
We all hope for pregnancy to be a safe, happy time –
but life still throws us hassles and curve-balls.
A certain amount of stress is very normal for us to experience, but when that stress becomes too much, it’s really important to take action and manage our stress levels during pregnancy.
High levels of stress
When a woman experiences high levels of stress (or even continuous lower levels), studies show that the child, once born, is likely to be less content and more fractious from birth, and less able to cope with stress right into adulthood.
Stress hormones in the body can cause long-lasting developmental effects for our unborn child.
This is because the mother’s stress hormone, cortisol, does not stop at the placenta. Which means that a baby in utero receives the same levels of cortisol as her or his mother.
ELK.Health’s CalmBaby programme and online clinics work with both bio-medicine – to measure levels of stress hormones – and evidence-based methods which are proven to reduce and manage stress.
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