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As your baby grows inside you, he/she is constantly processing the world through you. You baby can hear your comforting heartbeat, music and many other miscellaneous sounds. You might feel more mindful of your health during this time as what you eat will directly impact baby. Should you also be mindful of how you feel? A new study published by the Association for Psychological Science suggests that your baby receives signals about your mental state via chemical signals through the placenta! In addition, the Guardian reported findings that mummy’s stress actually impacted fetal development. The study found that stress experienced by mummy during pregnancy may affect her unborn baby as early as 17 weeks after conception, with potentially harmful effects on brain and development! The study is the first to show that unborn babies are exposed to their mother’s stress hormones at such an early stage in pregnancy.
Whenever we are depressed or undergoing a distressing situation, our brains chemistry can be affected. Hence, depressed minds might be different. Chemical signals can alert your child about your state of mind and affect his/her growth. Fetuses actually collect information about the world and the environment via you! Therefore, keeping healthy diet and mind during this time is crucial! It’s important to ensure baby grows up in a healthy environment.
What can you do?
Let’s face it, you can’t be all smiles during the course of our pregnancy, but it’s important to do the best you can to keep a positive mindset as this can have an impact on your unborn child. Let’s look at some ways you can maintain a healthy mindset for your baby during pregnancy:
As best as you can, don’t give in or moderate unhealthy cravings and keep a healthy diet free from artificial sweeteners and preservatives.
We’ve talked about the importance of exercise before! Exercise can help release endorphins that are responsible for keeping you happy! Hence, beat that blues as you work up a sweat during the right kind of exercise.
It isn’t going to get any easier and while you still have the baby within you, try to breathe and relax! Do some prenatal meditation to help you with that.
It’s a proven fact that your stress levels and emotional state can impact your baby. Do your best to maintain a positive mindset during this time as this can also help your baby. If you find this difficult or feel unable to cope with things, try chatting to a professional.