While there is evidence linking maternal distress and premature birth, as well as low birth weight, no studies have looked at how stress in pregnancy might affect the fetus before birth. To investigate, Diego and his team performed ultrasound exams on 98 women who were between 16 and 29 weeks pregnant, checked their hormone levels, and had them complete tests evaluating their levels of stress and anxiety. The more daily hassles, depression and anxiety a woman faced, the smaller her fetus. A statistical analysis revealed that higher levels of cortisol were directly tied to higher levels of distress and lower estimated fetal weight. Controversy continues about the safety of using antidepressants during pregnancy, Diego noted. Other ways of helping women experiencing distress during pregnancy could include psychotherapy or more social support, he added. "There are some researchers that have begun to look at this but the main findings have just begun to come out," he said.Source: Reuters pregnancy fetus pregnancy weekly stress baby medicine
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Eve is this week's Pregnancy Weekly guest writer! She has sent me a wonderful story describing her experience as a pregnant woman and the change of heart that she has toward the world once discovering that she was pregnant. Thanks Eve for taking the time and sending this for other women to read!
(if you have a story you can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org) __________________________________________ Pregnant with Love & Possibility
Since I saw you last, life in its amazing twists and turns has delivered a whole new way of being once again. From the moment I saw those two positive lines on that test stick, there’s been nothing else than a big “yes” to life. A yummy gentle, quiet confidence pervades that I’ve never experienced before, it’s like somehow the universe now makes perfect sense – (or maybe I make sense with the universe) it’s like I’ve just been included or told an old joke and I just got the punch line!
Now in the energy of life supporter (for want of better words), I have an increased sense of the fruitlessness of war & struggle, and the war is not just over there in Israel, it’s alive and active right here in every person I know. Everybody playing the game of attack & defense, victim & perpetrator - I don’t want to play anymore. Im done playing the game of defending, of attacking and assuming we know each others dream. Nobody wins in War. An evolutionary leap required and it all starts here, now within me, within each of us.
Through a series of fortunate events, I was blessed to be assistant at a weekend pregnancy retreat, divine to be in the energy of these women and men in latter stages than I.
We took a trip to Mevlana for some Oceanic Bodywork – 2 hours of being held, massaged & supported in a heated pool and lulled by the sounds of whales and dolphins. I really look forward to sharing this experience with Matthew when he comes up.
We had belly painting the next day and I was paired with jess a 23 year old at 39 weeks. (I was the oldest mum to be - there!!!) I painted a gigantic blossoming lotus over her moving belly – I was very happy with it I must say. My tummy was painted with a small green magic bean, which had a sprouting beanstalk that spiralled its way outwards.
We had a visualization session which turned out to be a great relief for me– once I start crying these days I just cant stop – I greived for every time I’ve doubted myself, everytime Ive sold myself short, how I just haven’t trusted myself and now as this experience which is far bigger than me takes me over, I have nothing but to trust, but to believe that my being and my body knows exactly what its doing.
Tears cleanse the gaps where fear used to live and love flows in.
The teacher bathed our feet and scrubbed them with polenta, apparently a shamanic tradition, recounting birth stories - empowering us, honouring us – the weekend far too quickly coming to an end. In our last circle we all chose a glass bead for each pregnant woman, blessing it out loud and stringing it onto a necklace for each women to wear during labour.
Precious Experience, made greater for my service role – did I mention how good the food was? Yummmmmmmm. All local All Organic – Food has taken on another meaning!!!!!
I could probably fill this entire page talking about food – so to keep it short lets just say that this experience of pregnancy is beautifully challenging my issues of vanity & body awareness and my old walls of the mind are having no option other than to crumble – and im sure there’s a way to go yet!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
We encourage mothers to open their hearts and observe their life force as they breathe deeply, find emotional and physical comfort, and focus on resolving issues to enjoy a satisfying and peaceful existence.I find this site very useful for pregnant Mothers and new Moms-to-be. Here are this week's current topics:
- Great Quote of the Week: "The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." ~Rajneesh
- Physical Exercises: Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose) This pose helps activate the second chakra, which is located just below the navel and expressed with the color orange. It also enhances digestion and can be practiced immediately after meals. It increases the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients and relieves stomach problems such as hyperacidity, which is a common pregnancy complaint.
- Spirit/Meditation: Smoke Out, Light In Simple breathing and visualizing exercise will help you relax and eliminate stress and negative feelings.
- Mind: Happiness Breeds Success The best way to achieve happiness is different for every person, but perhaps knowing the lifetime benefits of being happy will encourage people to pursue it, in their own way.
Monday, October 16, 2006
- No help at all
Return to your spouse respect and unconditional love and accept nothing less for yourself. You deserve nothing less, and neither does he. Together you can achieve great things.
- Communicate your needs and desires while being open to hear what your spouse's concerns are.
- Alleviate the legitimate fears that your spouse addresses.
- Finally, know that unconditional love for you will allow your spouse to believe in you no matter what. To know you can succeed at anything you undertake and to support you to that end.
I need to hear how other Mothers are coping with their partner's support. Rate your partner!pregnancy question of the week partner support pregnant pregnancy weekly labor baby newborn