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26 March 2012

Pregnant? Lower your stress levels

Stress during pregnancy is associated with miscarriage, preterm labour and lower birth weight, according to research.

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Stress during pregnancy is associated with miscarriage, preterm labour and lower birth weight, according to research. So, make a point of taking some time out – for yourself and your baby.

Take action:
Check with your doctor first, but try to do 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week; talk about the things that make you anxious – to your partner, family, friends or your doctor/psychologist; set at least an hour aside each day to relax – meditate, read a book, or pamper yourself; avoid alcohol, cigarettes and herbal products aimed at relieving stress; follow a balanced diet (remember to take your folic acid supplement); and talk to your doctor if you find you can't sleep or have problems eating. 

 
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