Pregnant Moms: Stay Away From Bad News

6 Comments 26 November 2010

This is going to be a brief post, but an important one. A must read for all pregnant mamas, or those trying to conceive.

I talked in further depth about this topic in an earlier blog post, Maximize Nourishment & Minimize Toxicity for a Healthy Pregnancy. The basic premise is  the concept of how our feelings and thoughts about the world around us impacts our molecular structure.

Simply put, stress is bad for our bodies. 

It ages us. Literally. Endorphines however, do just the opposite, thus helping us live longer, healthier lives.

All of this is important to pregnant women because the effect of emotions, (the blood in our bodies changes by the release of stress hormones and endorphines)  is shared through the umbilical cord.

Of course, it’s impossible to never get stressed out or angry.

Here are a few steps we can take to improve our environment:

  • Limit your exposure to violence in movies, watching particularly bad news and protect yourself from nasty name-calling, door-slamming arguments
  • Enjoy a walk in nature. Take the time to observe your surroundings and ponder the beauty all around you
  • Keep a gratitude journal – write down at least one thing you are grateful for each day
  • Practice yoga and/or meditation. The benefits are endless for mind, body and spirit
  • Be present with the baby growing inside you. Talk to your baby. Envision him or her cozy inside your body.
  • Keep a journal. Allow yourself to feel everything you go through, but by the end of your writing session, try to find a calmer place than where you began
  • Create pregnancy/birth art and celebrate the life inside growing inside of you
  • Talk to other pregnant women or mothers about any questions or concerns you might have about your pregnancy, birth or caring for a newborn

These are just a few of my ideas. What did you do to be mindful of having a positive attitude through pregnancy?

Your Comments

6 Comments so far

  1. Cassandra says:

    Staying positive was nearly impossible during my pregnancy, especially the latter part. For the last two months I had to completely cut off contact with my in-laws because they had taken to viciously attacking me for things I never did or said. Now that she’s born, they expect me to apologize for it, wondering what they ever did wrong. Worst part? One of them attacked me, saying how I was harming my child by complaining all the time (which I didn’t do) and my bad attitude (I had anger issues, pregnancy felt like puberty). Yet she was attacking me? And was concerned for my child? Really didn’t make sense.

    • bringbirthhome says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about that Cassandra. I’m not sure exactly what advice to give…some people are just a little off? But hang in there. I hope things get worked out between you.

  2. Lucylou says:

    I was so so so stressed throughout the whole of my second pregnancy. My husbands older daughter made allegations about domestic violence in our home and we were in and out of contact centres and court the whole time, even after the baby was here. This and the pregnancy felt linked and led, unsurprisingly, to PND which I have now had for nearly 2 years. Thankfully I had my dream home birth at least I was happy with that!!! I found it much harder to destress with my second too with a toddler refusing to sleep!!

  3. Comadrona says:

    Stay away from other people’s horror stories. You are not them and their experience will not be yours.


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