When people talk about important elements of a healthy pregnancy, they often mention proper nutrition and exercise. Stress management on the part of the mother is also essential to the developing baby for a number of reasons. High levels of stress during pregnancy can cause developmental and emotional problems in a baby after it’s born. In contrast, keeping stress down during pregnancy can help foster the development of a happy, healthy baby. Here are some ways mothers can reduce stress and maintain a good environment for the baby while it’s still in the womb.

Slow Down and Relax
In the modern world, many of us are so used to the frenetic pace of life that we hardly give it a second thought anymore. During pregnancy, taking time out to relax can really benefit you and your baby. This can be done in many different ways. For example, cooking a meal from scratch and then devoting yourself fully to enjoying it is a great way to unwind. Eating slowly and mindfully also improves digestion and nutrient absorption, aiding healthy development for your baby. Yoga is another great way to relax. Although pregnant mothers should not attempt all poses, many are safe and help to dissolve stress for you and your baby.

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Practicing Positive Thinking
By monitoring your own thoughts and perceptions, you can more easily maintain a positive outlook that keeps stress levels down. Keeping an eye out for negative environmental triggers that upset you can clue you in to ways to improve your mental hygiene. Practicing affirmations of your own strengths and accomplishments can make a huge difference in your levels of satisfaction and happiness. Overcoming negative emotions such as anger, guilt, and bitterness also goes a long way toward making sure your baby is as healthy as can be.

Cord Blood Banking for Peace of Mind
Planning for cord blood banking provides assurance that a related source of stem cells will be available to the family if necessary for a medical treatment down the road. Performed immediately after delivery, the umbilical cord blood is collected and stored in a private facility. This is a great way to help de-stress about future health issues that may arise.

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Exercising for Better Mood
During pregnancy you may feel like lazing about at home, but staying active is vital to mood and health. There are many ways you can get light exercise that’s appropriate during pregnancy. Getting out of the house and going for a long walk is a great way to keep you and your baby in shape. Swimming is another excellent exercise that can be as light or strenuous as you make it. Moderation is important when it comes to exercise during pregnancy, but at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a day is recommended for pregnant mothers unless prohibited by a medical condition.

With these healthy preparations made, you will be starting your newborn off on the right foot and helping to ensure their health and growth, as well as your recovery.

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This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.

9 Comments on Stress Management Means A Healthier Baby! {Guest Post}

  1. Christine
    May 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm (6 years ago)

    So true! What a great post! Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

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    • Katie Moore
      May 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks so much for reading I am glad you enjoyed it!!

      Reply
  2. Multi-Testing Mommy
    May 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm (6 years ago)

    This is so true – I did lots of deep breathing when I was pregnant!

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  3. mamawee
    May 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

    I agree – remaining calm and stress free was a big thing for me during my pregnancies

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    • Katie Moore
      May 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm (6 years ago)

      Its one of the hardest things to do sometimes, remain stress free, but it is so beneficial! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Shayna
    May 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm (6 years ago)

    I did yoga and pilates all through my pregnancy and they were great stress busters.

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  5. Just Us Girls
    May 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm (6 years ago)

    Very true! Deep breathing and walking calmed me down and less stress when I was preggos.

    Reply
  6. Ashley
    May 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm (6 years ago)

    I wish like crazy someone had given me that advice with my pregnancies. I’m high stress by nature and it definately made the first few weeks with our babies tough

    Reply
  7. NPC
    May 18, 2012 at 1:42 am (6 years ago)

    These are great tips! I coulda used more motivation with my last one but, I did make a lot of effort to be healthy. I also did my best to be calm and relaxed!

    Reply

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