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Reflexology relieves us in many situations during pregnancy: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, heartburn, back pain and headaches, as well as swollen legs, constipation, gestational diabetes, fatigue or insomnia.
But pregnancy also comes with other very important symptoms that are less talked about: stress and anxiety. We explain how it affects you and your baby during pregnancy.
The baby is able to notice the mother's mood swings inside the womb. It is common to believe that anger, euphoria, sadness, as well as unhappiness are just emotional states, forgetting that emotions also trigger different chemical responses. For example, being afraid. This causes our body to react with a rush of adrenaline. In the case of being euphoric, our body releases endorphins, and stress causes the body to produce the hormone cortisol.
All these substances generated by the body as a result of all these emotions, are released into the bloodstream of the pregnant woman, from there they will go throughout her body, including the placenta, and will involuntarily pass into the fetal circulation, and it will be like this as the baby will have a reaction very similar to that of its mother.
Our baby will experience the feeling of calm when endorphins are released in Mom's body, and when adrenaline levels rise, the little one's heart rate will increase. Cortisol will cause the baby's natural relaxation mechanisms to stop working.
The reactions of the fetus will increase proportionally when it notices that its mother experiences a high level of stress. In addition, if this occurs frequently enough, the unborn baby will feel increasingly restless in the face of his mother's alterations and it will affect his sleep patterns. That's right, elevated fetal heart rate rates and a lot of motor activity are usually related to great irritability in our newborn baby. But knowing exactly the impact on our baby is complicated, since there are many other factors that generate this in babies, for example, how the delivery developed or the mother's reaction to the baby shortly after birth.
We can say that maternal stress is an early negative experience for our babyBut, living in the society in which we live, it is difficult to avoid one hundred percent of our stress. As a woman, mother and reflexologist specialized in maternity, these are my little tips to carry a pregnancy as calm as possible while avoiding stress as much as possible.
1- Avoid any stressful incident or discussion, help from our partner and our environment will be essential.
2- Force yourself to rest to calm yourself in tense situations, forcing yourself to have positive thoughts, all of which will undoubtedly help you regulate your hormonal levels and nervous system.
3- Take a walk outdoors.
Remember that reflexology offers you an excellent support element, a therapist, someone who puts at your disposal his hands, his soul, his listening, his company, experience and knowledge and above all someone who will help calm your stress and anxiety through Reflexology.
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