Fact or Fiction: Stressful Pregnancy
Pregnant women tend to focus mostly on things like eating and exercise, but your emotional and mental state can also influence your baby. Take the quiz to find out why.
Stress is bad news, whether you’re pregnant or not, no matter what.
It can be difficult to figure out whether you have symptoms of stress when you’re pregnant.
Your OB/GYN is only there to handle the physical symptoms of pregnancy.
Lowered levels of the corticotropin-releasing hormone can lead to miscarriages.
If you’re having a tough time getting pregnant, advice like "just relax and have fun" is helpful.
The more stressed you are early in your pregnancy, the more likely it is that the stress will negatively impact your baby.
Your body can be so stressed from pregnancy that it decides to “turn” on the baby and act as if it's an allergen.
If your baby is born very small, then he’s probably going to experience a lot of health problems.
If high-stress situations are unavoidable for you, there isn’t too much you can do other than hope that your pregnancy will turn out OK.
When you’re pregnant and stressed, it's fine to have a few drinks to calm yourself down and relax.
If you have a baby with low birth weight, it’s probably because you didn’t eat enough while you were pregnant.
Uterine infections are in the same class as a yeast infection in terms of severity, and they have nothing to do with stress.
Unless you’re lifting heavy things or standing all day, it’s not likely that your job can cause enough stress to impact your pregnancy.
A mother who has PTSD while pregnant has a high risk of passing the disorder on to her baby.
As long as your baby is physically nourished and cared for in the womb, your emotional state during pregnancy doesn’t matter.
Getting lots of sleep when you’re pregnant can help lower your stress levels.
Starting high-impact cardiovascular exercise, like running, is great for reducing stress in pregnant women.
Being pregnant itself is stressful, so if you can take time off from work on occasion to rest and relax, go for it.
There’s no point in discussing your feelings of stress with your partner, because he or she can’t understand what you’re going through.
Experiencing a catastrophic event while pregnant can result in stress-related problems during pregnancy and childbirth.