How to find middle ground between extreme
work-related stress and self-care during pregnancy
Are you pregnant and always on the go?
Are you still working as much at your office or with your kids and never seem to sit down and catch a breath even though you are pregnant?
More than 2/3 of all pregnant women work, most of them in full-time jobs. 80 percent are still at their jobs the month they give birth.
Since women are most likely working during most of their pregnancy, reducing stress during this time should not be dismissed as an urban myth.
Research shows that a high level of stress in some pregnant women can lead to preterm birth, smaller babies, and potential problems later on.
In order to advance professionally, women sometimes have to prove their commitment to work regardless of being pregnant or having a family. Sometimes there is financial pressure, especially for single mothers, to continue to work until the last day.
Losing a baby at any stage of pregnancy can be a big loss!
It is estimated that 10-25% of pregnancies end up in miscarriages and less than 1% in still births, making miscarriages a fairly common occurrence.
The Emotional Impact of Miscarriages on Women
For most women pregnancy is a joyful event. However, if you are facing a high-risk pregnancy it can feel like a rollercoaster of stress, anxiety and fear.
If you are pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes, preeclamsia, carry multiples, or have a chronic medical condition, chances are you may be flooded with negative emotions that can create even greater risk for your pregnancy.