By Kristi of intelligentmother.com
For a woman, there are always a lot of things to worry about, especially when you are pregnant. When you are heavy with a child, there is always that voice inside your head that keeps on asking questions like: Will I be a good mother? Will my baby be healthy? Am I eating right? All these questions coupled with worries about finances and other issues may leave you and your baby with a devil to pay if you don’t keep a positive attitude.
According to Dr. Irene Aga, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, a negative attitude together with worrying too much can take its toll on your physical health, and this can be bad news for your unborn child. She, therefore, recommends that developing positive emotions during pregnancy can help you to stay focus, eat healthily, and have enough sleep.
However, developing a positive attitude does not mean that you have to be totally ignorant of your negative feelings. This is because when you are pregnant, a lot of changes occur in your body, some of which may cause you stress, for example, swollen feet and morning sickness. You can, however, control how you handle such stress.
How can you, therefore, benefit from positive emotions when you are pregnant?
Immune system booster
Research shows that having a glass-half-full attitude will boost your body’s immunity. When you are pregnant, diseases like gestational diabetes may sometimes overwhelm your immune system, which may have an adverse impact on your unborn child’s health. Therefore, managing stress can play a significant role in improving your body’s defense mechanism by strengthening your cell-mediated immunity.
Promotes your baby’s well-being inside the womb
Your thoughts have physical connections to your unborn baby. This is because your thoughts and feelings when you are pregnant are communicated to the baby inside you through the neurohormones, the same way as alcohol and nicotine. This is according to Dr. Thomas Verny, the founder of the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH). So, whenever you feel sad, your baby is also sad, when you are happy, your baby is also happy.
Increased endorphin level
Endorphins play a very important role in the body since they help in relieving pain and enhancing pleasure. Positive emotions during pregnancy will help to keep you calm hence increasing the body’s production of endorphins. A higher endorphins level will help relieve the pain you may feel when you are pregnant and when you go into labor.
Regulates your blood pressure
When a mother feels good and happy, her cardiovascular reactivity and the sympathetic nervous system will be calmed. It is always crucial for your blood pressure to stay normal when you are pregnant since if it gets high, you and your baby can be in trouble. It can lead to you giving birth to your baby prematurely, or worse, you can suffer a heart attack or kidney failure due to the extra stress that is put on these organs.
How can you develop positive emotions during pregnancy?
Since our emotions are caused by what we think, it is our negative thoughts that will cause us to feel anxious, stressed out, and sad. Ditching these negative thoughts is not easy but is not also impossible. So here are tips that will help you to adopt a glass-half-full attitude.
Take a lot of rest
Relaxing will help you and your baby to stay calm. By staying calm, you will have time to focus on your bump. Did you know that from the 23rd week, your baby can actually hear you? So you can use this time to sing to her. You will also be able to listen to your body.
Ensure that you always have someone to talk to
Stress and worries are bound to arise during this period that you are pregnant. Having someone you can always talk to whenever you have an issue that is bothering you will help you get the support that you need. If you are worried about your baby’s well-being, you can always talk to your midwife. Your partner can also be someone you can rely on for support.
You are what you eat. Eating a well-balanced diet will enable you to have a strong mind and body. Eating food rich in vitamins and minerals together with omega-3 fatty acids can help boost your moods. Amino acids also help to boost the levels of serotonin and melatonin, brain chemicals that facilitate the feeling of well-being.
You can eat mushrooms while pregnant. Eating a unique diet like mushrooms will ensure that you get some of the nutrients that are rare in other foods.
Do some exercise
Exercising during pregnancy is perfectly safe and can help to boost your mood. The simplest of exercises is taking a walk. You can go out for a walk for about thirty minutes. You can also try out some pregnancy yoga to help tone your body and to help you relax so you can control your anxieties.
Plan your finances well
Money matters too can be a cause of anxiety to pregnant mothers. You might be worried about how you are going to buy the baby clothes and all the equipment that your baby will need. You can list all the items you will need to have and the things that you don’t necessarily have to buy. Some items can also be bought secondhand.
As a final point, the benefits of having positive emotions during pregnancy cannot be overlooked. Having a positive and a strong mind will ensure that all other aspects of your well-being are positive, that is, your physical and emotional health.
If you still feel stressed after following all these tips, maybe as a result of an already existing depression before your pregnancy, you will need to see a therapist to help you overcome your problem so that your baby’s well-being is not affected.
Author bio: My name is Kristi, and I’m the mother of three beautiful angels, founder of Intelligentmother.com. This blog was created in order to share experiences, baby care, and health care for pregnant women. You can find many interesting insights. Problems – Solved! You can follow Kristi on Twitter @KristiCathey