Three Characteristics of Stress to Avoid in Pregnancy

Researchers have isolated three toxic types. Their common characteristic: that you feel out of control over the bad stuff coming at you. As stress moves from moderate to severe, and from acute to chronic, this loss of control turns catastrophic and begins to affect baby. Here are the bad types of stress:

• Too frequent. Chronic, unrelenting stress during pregnancy hurts baby brain development. The stress doesn’t necessarily have to be severe. The poison is sustained, long-term exposure to stressors that you perceive are out of your control. These can include an overly demanding job, chronic illness, lack of social support, and poverty.

• Too severe. A truly severe, tough event during pregnancy can hurt baby brain development. It doesn’t have to be an ice storm. Such an event often involves a relationship: marital separation, divorce, the death of a loved one (especially the husband). Severe stress can also include the loss of a job or a criminal assault such as rape. The key issue, once again, is a loss of control.

• Too much for you. Mental-health professionals have known for decades that some people are more sensitive than others to stressful events. If you have a tendency to be stressed all the time, so will your womb. We have increasing evidence that part of this stress sensitivity is genetic. Women under such a biological dictatorship will need to keep stress to a minimum during pregnancy.


Frequency, severity, and individual temperaments determine how much stress a person can experience while pregnant and have it affect the health of their baby.

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