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Stress and pregnancy
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Stress and pregnancy. Two words that many mothers to be will fully appreciate. Although pregnancy is a natural process for women to go through, it doesn’t mean that it is easy.

Add in today’s additional pressures for women’s, such as full time working and you have the perfect recipe for anxiety and stress issues to appear.

Fertility and stress

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Have you ever heard someone say?

“When I was trying to get pregnant I couldn’t, but the moment we stopped trying it just happened”

This could well be because the stress of actually trying to get pregnant could in itself be preventing it from happening.

Although studies have not proved conclusively that this is the case, it is fair to say that many fertility doctors recommend women to follow some stress management techniques to increase their chances of becoming pregnant.

Of course fertility problems can be caused by many medical issues and this should be remembered if you are having problems yourself. Blaming yourself for not becoming pregnant will in itself cause you stress and that’s definitely not going to help.

Studies have shown that stress can reduce both estrogen and testosterone production, definitely indicating that stress and pregnancy issues are possibly related.

So couples both need to make sure that they are not stressing about their situation and should both carry out stress relief techniques to help them relax and enjoy their journey into parenthood.

Stress relief strategies to try which may help to boost fertility:

  • Meditation and visualization. Be positive about your future, your body
  • Herbal teas containing alfalfa, nettle, raspberry leaf, red clover and rose hip
  • The older woman can try dandelion root tincture or eat dandelion or rocket with their meals to help with absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • Ragged robin has been linked with helping to strengthen the lining of the uterus.

Please check with your doctor before you take any sort of alternative medicine during or before pregnancy.

Stress and pregnancy:
Managing stress while you’re pregnant

So why is pregnancy so stressful? Let’s take a look at just a few possible causes:

  • Morning sickness
  • Swollen ankles
  • Aches and pains
  • Emotionally preparing for changes to your life and the life of the people around you
  • Preparing the home for the baby

All possible causes of stress for both you and the baby. Remember what you feel the baby feels too and so making sure that you are relaxed as much as possible is doubly important.

To combat stress and pregnancy problems, following any of the suggested stress relief techniques mentioned on this site, such a:

There is also two other main methods of stress relief which can help a lot during pregnancy. They are:

Social support 

 Finding friends and relatives to help you through this stressful period of your life will help you immensely cope better with all the new challenges you will face. So seek out mother support groups in your area if you don’t have an immediate source of support.


Make sure that you have thought through everything you want to happen during your pregnancy and labour and write it down. Also let other know what your plan is. That way any last minute panics should be avoided and will make the birthing process a much less stressful experience for all concerned. Think about:

  • Things you want to take to hospital
  • Have music ready if you want
  • Who do you want at the birth?
  • Do you want pictures to be taken?
  • Would you like some relaxing essential oils to be burned to scent the room?

Stress relief during labor

Stress and pregnancy is stressful enough but the actual labour can be one of the most stressful situations a woman can ever finds herself in. It can also be pretty stressful for their partners too who can often feel left out during the birth.

So to make the whole experience as pleasant and as happy as possible for all concerned, here are a few ideas for the partners to help make it a stress free birth:

  • Do what your partner wants; this is no time to argue
  • Gently massaging shoulders, hands and feet can be appreciated (practice doing this before hand)
  • Practice the breathing exercises with your partner
  • Be supportive throughout the birth, encourage and praise her
  • Don’t fuss around too much, be there for anything she wants but give her space
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