How Does Stress Affect Pregnancy in First Trimester?

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Uncontrolled stress may worsen your blood sugar control. Stress will provoke the rapid production of stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. These hormones would raise your blood sugar level easily!


The risk of heart problems in baby

Stress (before and during pregnancy) might have contribution to increase the risk of heart problems in baby. But unfortunately, doctors and experts still don’t have the answer with certainty to explain more about this issue.

Also, stress can cause a sudden increase in your blood pressure, making your heart work harder. This is bad for you and your baby during pregnancy.

How to control and manage stress in the first trimester?

Although sometimes stress could be an inevitable thing in the first 3 months of your gestation, it’s managable.

  1. Build a good communication with your partner! It is very crucial, since bad relationship with your partner would make you lose endorsement from your partner during pregnancy.
  2. To reach the goal of the first point mentioned above, you should be ‘honest’, ‘patient’, and ‘supportive’. Let your partner completely understand that you really need his support.
  3. Try some relaxation therapies (if necessary) to help control your stress. There are a lot of choices to choose from — such as yoga, massage therapy, or just listening to a music that you love would also help provide a stress relief.
  4. Do your exercise moderately! Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can forget your exercise. There are many kinds of exercise for pregnant women you can explore. Ask your doctor if you need more guidance! In fact, people who are physically active are less likely to get stress.

In addition, make sure you get plenty of sleep. This is simple suggestion but very crucial!

If you have certain issues that you cannot solve on your own – work together with your partner or ask your doctor if necessary for more guidance!


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