Signs of Stress During Pregnancy

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stress During PregnancyStress During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a stressful time for many women. You may feel nervous about how your life is going to change. You may be worried about whether or not you’ll be a good mother. You might also be scared of childbirth. Pregnancy brings out lots of emotions – happiness, fear, sadness – all at the same time. It’s normal to feel emotional, but don’t allow your pregnancy stress to overtake your life. High levels of chronic stress during pregnancy can increase your chance of preterm birth or having a low birth weight baby. Research studies have also noticed the short and long term effects prenatal stress has on the health of a baby.

Signs of Stress During Pregnancy

Everyone has a different reaction to stressful situations. There are physical, mental, emotional, and social signs of stress. You may notice a few of the following signs, or all of them.

  • Physical signs of stress include chest pain, heart palpitations, headaches, problems breathing (hyperventilating), vision problems, teeth grinding, fatigue, dizziness, stomach problems, and muscle aches. Feeling overly stressed during pregnancy can cause panic attacks.
  • Stress can also affect your cognitive abilities. You may experience memory loss (such as the “pregnancy brain”), confusion, difficulty focusing or making decisions, insomnia, and nightmares.
  • Emotionally, stress can cause you to feel anxiety, grief, guilt, worry, irritability, frustration, and loneliness. Stress during pregnancy can also contribute to crying spells, or episodes of anger for no reason.
  • Pregnancy and stress aren’t a good combination, and they can cause a woman to isolate herself from others. She may overeat or eat too little.

Having high levels of pregnancy stress can lead to major depression in susceptible women. When you’re under chronic stress, you have higher levels of cortisol (the “stress hormone”) and this decreases the level of serotonin and dopamine in your brain. Lower levels of these two neurotransmitters have been linked to depression.

Depression can be harmful in pregnant women. These women may have a hard time caring for themselves. They may eat poorly. They may miss prenatal visits. They can also abuse illegal substances (such as tobacco, alcohol, and drugs) to cope with their sadness.

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