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i am 16 weeks pregnant and have been under severe emotional stress for the majority of this pregnancy. i am doing what i can by seeing a therapist 2 hours a week, i TRY to eat healthy, i've been really tired and i have a 3 year old, so exercise is sometimes difficult...i am wondering what affects this is having on my baby and the the health of this pregnancy. i'm planning a homebirth so my prenatal care is fantastic...i'm just scared. any advice?<br>
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Well, I was stressed for dd's first trimester, and she is cute and a joy. My superstition is that stress might help mold the personality of your baby- but we need all personalites in this world! DD is higher energy than any of my family were at her age. Anecdotally, women I know who have worked high stress jos or had high stress/ high intervention pregnancies have all delivered before term. But that's just anecdotal, not scientific. And all their babies are fine. I think it's important to remember during pregnancy that some of it is stress, and some is hormonal exacerbation of the stress. Everytime I stress out, I try to remember that. I'm sure it adds stress to stress having dealt with multiple pregnancy losses. Instead of focusing on what you cannot control- all the stress- focus on what you can control. I keep powdered green superfood around for when my diet isn't the best. You can drink chamomile and lavendar tea every day- I used to do so by candlelight. You can purchase and use Rescue Remedy. Look into homeopathy- don't know much about it, but I find that it takes the edge off. There are many herbal tinctures you can take while pregnant. I take skullcap for stress headaches, it helps. Check out <a href="http://www.gentlebirth.org" target="_blank">www.gentlebirth.org</a> for discussion and hints in their archives. Massage would be wonderful help, if you can afford it.
 

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I wouldn't worry too much about it affecting the baby. I think women throughout history have been stressed and the human race has survived. There is some research that says if you're stressed, you're more likely to have a girl. I think that's neat - girls are typically more robust and maybe that's nature's way of dealing with stressed out moms - give them a tougher baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I was stressed out my first pregnancy and my dd is fine, albeit high energy also. I had no complications with that pregnancy.<br><br>
2nd pregnancy I wasn't stressed out and got sick all the time and went into labor a month early. Go figure.
 
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