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The article talks about the adverse effects of acute
stress on the incidence of miscarriages as noted in Gaza area of Israel. The
population including pregnant women lived under the stress of intending rocket
attacks. The results indicate what most of us would have guessed already i.e.
stress is not good for pregnancy. Though the study above looked at an extreme
stress i.e. fear of unexpected of death, I don't think we need to be stressed
out to that extreme to adversely affect outcome of a pregnancy.
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More routine kind of stress
Most women have
thankfully not have had to do much with such extreme fears. What we do identify
is the more long standing stress is that we have within our day to day lives.
Stress caused by issues in interpersonal relationships, be it with your partner
with friends and family or your office or the general sense of irritation and
stress that we hear about recession, job insecurity, breaking down law and
order situation and even distinct stressful event such as the Boston bombing.
Why stress is no good
for the baby ?
The simple thing is
stress and pregnancy don't go hand in hand. Most common response to stress is
that of flight or fight. Both of these are guided by your sympathetic- burst of
adrenaline in the system. Racing pulse, increased blood pressure, and decreased blood supply to gut or kidney
and skin are all responsive of sympathetic stimulation in stress. Reduction of
blood supply to the placenta may not happen instantly but such long standing
changes can cause increased resistance in the placental vasculature - the
uterine artery mainly showing diminished blood supply to the baby. .
The best way to
manage stress is to not have it in the first instance, but that's easier said
than done. Whilst we have "labour training" programmes I think its
equally relevant to have an ante-natal training programme which starts right
from the beginning of pregnancy or ideally even before. An important component
of that would be to handle stress sin a way that doesn't affect the mum and her
baby. Not just dietary habits like consumption of tea, coffee, and cigarette,
wine (which are all supposed to be stress busting agents). What we need to bust
stress is developing the ability to live in the moment. That takes training. Exercise,
control, relaxation through yogic breathing (Pranayama) and the ability to
detach from stressful thoughts at will,
will allows the mother to manage stress.