She was embarrassed so she didn’t ask for help.
“From my own experience, chronic stress makes you less able to cope with the effects of pregnancy, especially a problematic pregnancy,” Martens added.
Learning from her experiences, she suggested taking time to care for oneself, not being afraid to say ‘no,’ and removing certain responsibilities to avoid stress. She advises pregnant women to put themselves first, engaging in therapy or coaching, and finding other support resources besides family and friends.
Ohio State University. Chronic Stress During Pregnancy Prevents Brain Benefits of Motherhood, Study Shows. Web. Oct. 24, 2012.
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Martens, Gretchen. Email interview. Oct. 24, 2012.
Reviewed October 25, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith