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5 Mindbody Ways to take care of mental health during pregnancy

5 MindBody Ways to Care for Mental Health During Pregnancy

Be mindful of your mental health during pregnancy.  For many women, pregnancy is the most joyous times of their lives, but for some women it can be a time of increased anxiety and depression. If you have certain risk factors, such as a personal or family history of trauma, depression, anxiety or bipolar disease, you have an increased chance of  becoming depressed, anxious or having a manic episode in your perinatal time.

Stress during and after pregnancy increases the likelihood of depression or anxiety.  Mindfully taking care of yourself is just as important as your doctor visits and decorating the nursery!

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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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Interview with Kathy Morelli: Journey of a PPD Survivor

Ivy Shih Leung, postpartum depression author, activist and award winning blogger,  interviewed me for her blog. She is a passionate, outspoken advocate for women, families and social justice.

Some background about Ivy from her blog:  Ivy is  a PPD survivor.  She had her daughter in December 2004 and suffered from PPD about 6 weeks later.  Fortunately, with the help of Paxil which she started taking in February 2005, her frightening experience came to an end 4 weeks later.   Tom Cruise’s infamous rantings “There’s no such thing as a chemical imbalance” triggered an intense reaction and an overwhelming desire to tell him, and others like him, to “Shut up unless you’ve been through PPD yourself.”

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Five Ways You Can Use My Book: BirthTouch®: Shiatsu & Acupressure for the Childbearing Year

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The BirthTouch® books were created out of my own experiences. I noticed that whenever I went through a rough emotional time or an illness in my life, my healing journey took multiple twists and turns. I found I meandered along a mindbody approach, an integrative approach that incorporated science and wisdom.

From the healing I’ve experienced in my personal life, grew the mindbody approach that I’ve come to use in my professional work.

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Mindbody Research: Lavender Aromatherapy Provides Comfort and Increases Maternal Contentment in Childbirth

Evidence-based mindbody practices help alleviate pain, depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)
Evidence-based mindbody practices help alleviate pain, depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

This year, 2014, Maasumeh Kaviani, Faculty Member at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and her team of research scholars conducted a study to see the effects of using lavender aromatherapy during childbirth on pain intensity perception, duration of labor, maternal contentment and Apgar scores. The researchers found the use of the lavender aromatherapy lowered the perception of pain, improved maternal contentment, but did not reduce the duration of labor. Safely using lavender aromatherapy in the birthing room is inexpensive, has no side effects and may be a holistic way to help women manage their births.

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MindBody Research: Acupressure on LI4 Provides Comfort and Decreases Time of Active Labor

In 2012, Ahmad Khosravi, Msc, and his colleagues at the Shahroud University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted a research study to see if using Large Intestine 4 in  labor actually helped provide comfort and shortened the duration of labor time. Using acupressure to relieve pain is inexpensive and has no side effects and may be a way to help women in areas that are underserved by modern hospital care.

 

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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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Babies’ learning begins in the womb

 

 

Science confirms what moms already know! Your baby's brain is learning in utero! (Istock:ontspan)
Science confirms what moms already know! Your baby’s brain is learning in utero! (Istock:ontspan)

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Helsinki found that the prenatal brain has the neuro-developmental capacity to learn (retain) words.  

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BirthTouch® Virtual Book Tour! Linky with these Fabulous Women!

Come to My Virtual Book Tour !

Meet A fabulous group of

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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.

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