Pregnancy, Emotional Stress, & Its Effect On The Foetus

According to Unicef, approximately 67,385 babies are born in India each year, accounting for one-sixth of all child births worldwide. The journey from being pregnant to giving birth is different for every individual, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

There are a number of studies on how prenatal emotional anxiety and stress can affect the foetus development as well as the later stages of a child\’s behavioural growth. And yes, most individuals may go through this tough phase in life. \”Pregnancy is not only about the physical changes in your body; it’s also about the emotional phase.\”

Effects of stress

Severe stress is bad during pregnancy. Stress is common during pregnancy, as a pregnant woman experiences a lot of changes. Cortisol is the hormone that is normally released in response to stress, which is high in the morning and low in the evening. It is found that the placenta acts as a barrier to cortisol.

A sudden increase in progesterone and estrogen levels is seen in pregnant women. The changes in hormone levels will lead to mood swings. High levels of stress may cause health issues like high blood pressure, increase the chances of a premature baby, and lower the body weight of the baby.

The babies\’ brains may be shaped by the levels of stress experienced by the women during pregnancy.

A research article suggests that when stress hormone levels increase, women are less likely to conceive and more likely to miscarry.

The common causes of stress during pregnancy

Hormonal mood swings, morning sickness, tiredness, complications during conception, some health issues prior to conception, overthinking the delivery, postpartum, the people around you, if you work, then handling most of the things, pressure, and so on can all cause stress.


Pregnant women should try to stay calm as much as possible. Be positive. Always keep in your mind as “YES I CAN HANDLE”. Discuss your feelings with others; the best person is your husband to open up yourself. If not, talk to people with whom you feel comfortable.

  • Yoga and meditation: Yes, meditation is not only good for you; even the foetus in the womb can have positive effects.
  • The best stress relievers are books: Read the books; both you and the kid will benefit.
  • Stop smoking and drinking: It not only adds to your stress, but it also has a long-term impact on your child\’s development.
  • Have a healthy diet: lots of fruits, veggies, and dry fruits.
  • Focus on being happy: If something bothers you, simply go for a walk. The view of nature can actually calm you down.
  • Visit the gynaecologist on a regular basis to learn about the foetus’s growth.
  • Listen to the good, calming music: There are a number of musical styles that actually feel better.
  • Don’t think about the negative incidents that occurred. The past will be the past. Focus on the future, baby.
  • Relax, take a lot of rest, and practice breathing exercises.
  • The physical exercises (under guidance) are good.

“Dear MoMsters incorporate our tips and stay healthy.”

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Guest Writer,

Shruthi K S


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