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Stress During Pregnancy: Science Says Talk to Your Baby

Stress during pregnancy is a natural occurrence. That being said, it is also something that should be managed.

Fact: Our emotions during pregnancy are experienced by our little ones; the scientific evidence proving this is growing.

Does that mean we shouldn’t experience stress during pregnancy?

Does that mean we are failing as mums if we have stress and anxiety?


It means pregnancy is a fabulous time to put relaxation practices into place, actively working to reduce our stress levels.

Here are some techniques that will help you deal with stress during pregnancy:

  • Connecting with the breath
  • Visualisations
  • Affirmations
  • Guide meditation
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Affirmations

Through these practices we can learn to deeper our connection and manage our anxiety.

If your having a particularly stressful day let your baby know;

‘This is not about you, you are wanted and loved. This stress is mummies and I am doing my best to work with it’

Take a few minutes later that day to do something that makes you feel relaxed, it might be simply connecting with your breath and baby for 5 or 10 minutes and sending down lots of love into your uterus.

I get asked a lot: What about all the stressful meetings I have at work? How do I keep calm under work pressure?

Here’s a simple idea: If you are going into a meeting at work that you know will be stressful, you can preempt that and talk to your baby to prepare him/her in advance. And then before you walk in imagine covering your belly with a heavy blanket that shields your baby from the stress. Remove it later and talk to your baby again and do some relaxing deep belly breaths.

Flying while pregnant? Here is a thorough guide on how to keep healthy and stress-free during your travels.

There are so many creative ideas you can explore when you keep in mind your little one is already a conscious person.

Connect with your community, sign up for birth preparation classes early in pregnancy and choose one that covers these relaxation topics in detail.

Click here for more information on the Love Based Birth preparation classes.

“You’ve got to start somewhere, even if it does seem unorthodox. We are, after all, talking about our children, and they are the future. So, whatever you can do to stop the stress, do it. No matter how peculiar it may seem.” ~Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal film and television writer and director.

Check out her movie: In Utero

Click here for Kathleen’s full article in Huffington Post