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How much stress in pregnancy is too much?

Good question – how much stress in pregnancy is too much?

Like many things in life, the question of how stress affects a woman’s pregnancy does not have a simple answer. Because each individual has her own emotional and physical tolerance for stress, exactly how much stress is a causative factor for depression and anxiety is not known.

Plus, there are different types of stress. There is chronic stress, major negative life events and everyday stress.

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Lovingkindness Meditation

For today’s world…sending out lovingkindness energy to all living beings.

Loving-kindness, Metta, is the Buddhist meditation practice meant to develop the mental habit of self-love and expansive love. It’s about developing a loving acceptance of yourself and others. There is so much contention right now, let’s all cultivate the energy of Lovingkindness and send this out into the world in beautiful waves.

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What is Reiki?

 

 

Reiki practitioner channels energy (Photo: istock/renphoto)

Reiki literally means universal energy. Reiki is a system of healing using the human energy field. Reiki is being studied more extensively now. Some studies show that Reiki invokes the relaxation response, so this provides an opportunity for respite from anxiety and emotional distress. There are Reiki programs in many hospitals in the United States now. Reiki is used in hospital programs to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic disease.

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How Aromatherapy Helps With Relaxing And Sleeping

Aromatherapy is an age-old technique involving essentials oils that are beneficial to the mind and the body. The nervous system is the part of your body where the mind and body lie. Aromatherapy is also known for healing and influencing positive emotions along with helping individuals with headaches and easing the pain of nervous tension. You can also benefit from the positive affects of aromatherapy on the immune system. If done properly, aromatherapy can also help you relax and help you with erratic sleeping patterns. Aromatherapy will help people that suffer from fatigue and help you fall asleep easier while sleeping calmly throughout the night.

How Aromatherapy Helps With Relaxing

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Menstrual Comfort Salve: Roman Chamomile, Sweet Orange, Clary Sage and Sandalwood

 

Here’s another easy remedy for simple comfort in everyday life. Make this salve for use in your home and to give to friends, too! Making salves with plant essences is a lot like cooking. So, if you like to cook as a hobby this is also a fun way to pass a rainy day at home!

First, get your stuff together to get ready to cook!

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Holistic ways to manage stress in pregnancy: A multi-pronged approach!

Deep relaxation is holistic care during pregnancy (istock/kzenon)

Deep relaxation is holistic care during pregnancy (istock/kzenon)

The research evidence is growing regarding the effects of stress in pregnancy on both mom and baby.

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Oceans Eleven Johns Hopkins Research Team Validates Mindbody Medicine for Depression & Anxiety (Redux!)

Evidence-based mindfulness practices help alleviate depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

Evidence-based mindfulness practices help alleviate depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

A(nother) very large research team (umm how about calling them the Oceans Eleven of JH?)  led by Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH, at Johns Hopkins University published findings from a study they did about the effects of mindfulness practices on symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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Wordless Wednesday: MindBody Medicine: Early Spring Garden

Gardening is my favorite spring  “mindbody relaxation therapy”!

I love spring in the garden, the plants are beginning to push out from the soil.  Here are some shots from around my garden. It’s a work in progress, I live in deer country and it’s a struggle to find landscaping plants they don’t love as breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Twenty Year old Hellebore (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

Twenty Year old Hellebore (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

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Study: Practicing Prenatal Yoga Improves Maternal Comfort, Reduces Length of Labor

Prenatal Yoga: A Mindbody Practice to Benefit Your Pregnancy

 

As a pregnant woman looking looking for a safe, mindbody, self-help way to improve your comfort levels and shorten your birthing time, check out prenatal yoga! Check out the results of this study!

Prenatal Yoga Improves Birth Comfort and Reduces Length of Labor PhotoCredit: Istock/Xua

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New Study: Chronic Stress During Pregnancy Increases Risk for Postpartum Depression

Benedetta Leuner, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Ohio State University, released a new study on Saturday, 10/13/2012, during a talk at Neuroscience 2012, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in New Orleans.

Istock/Elana Vizerskaya

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