A successful pregnancy depends on various factors, including proper nutrition, exercise, and general health. There is an aspect that is forgotten in all this – lack of stress.
The pregnancy can be hard on you both emotionally and physically. Friends might tell you that this is just part of a normal pregnancy, but this is not the case. Did you know that being under extreme pressure could cause problems during your pregnancy?
Here are some of the effects of extreme stress.
A premature baby is one born before the 37th week of gestation. A normal birth takes 40 weeks of gestation. At this point, everything is set for the child to grow normally. Premature births have been linked to high levels of stress during pregnancy.
Premature babies can make it through, but there is a high risk of developing breathing problems or conditions such as cerebral palsy in future. The earlier a baby’s birth is, the more serious these complications might become.
Losing your baby early in pregnancy can be devastating. This is one of the top fears for any expectant mother. Various issues have been linked to miscarriages, with stress being identified as a contributing factor. If you have suffered miscarriages in the past, you will likely need to see a high risk obstetrician to monitor you carefully throughout your pregnancy (Source: Dr. Gilbert Webb in St. Louis).
High levels of stress lead to production of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). CRH has the task of properly regulating the length of the pregnancy. CRH in turn triggers the release of other hormones in the body. One such hormone is tryptase, which prevents proper formation of membranes that hold the embryo in place. This hormone also disrupts the role of the placenta in keeping the integrity of the embryo.
High levels of cortisol, another stress hormone, affect the levels of progesterone. Progesterone is vital to the development of the uterus. A poorly developed uterus cannot hold the fetus to term.
Low Birth Weight
Any baby that weighs less than 5 pounds and 8 ounces is considered a low birth weight delivery. High levels of cortisol can lead to constricted blood vessels, which leads to poor supply of nutrients. This leads to low birth weight.
To get through your pregnancy successfully, you need to work with a qualified doctor. Various factors make the perfect doctor. These include:
- Credentials and qualifications
- The location and availability
- Accepted insurance.
You can also read patient testimonials on sites like healthgrades.com to help you select the physician that is right for you.
This is a guest post written by Savannah Coulsen. Savannah is a freelance writer who lives in Raleigh. She loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru
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