Resources for Effects of Emotions and Stress in Pregnancy



Childbirth Connection's Resource for Emotions and Stress in Pregnancy

Planning Pregnancy: Emotions and Stress in Pregnancy
In our section called The Stages of Pregnancy, we have outlined the planning of your pregnancy, each stage of pregnancy, giving birth, and the early period after birth. These links are devoted to effects of emotions and stress in pregnancy and how to deal with the stress while planning for your pregnancy.


Resource for Stress and the Effects on Pregnancy

Prenatal and Perinatal Stress: a short academic article discussing the effect of stress during pregnancy on child development


General Stress Relief Resources During Pregnancy

March of Dimes: Stress and Pregnancy

American Psychological Association: Six Myths About Stress

American Psychological Association: The Different Kinds of Stress

American Psychological Association: Mind/Body Health: information on stress and your health

American Psychological Association: Stress Tip Sheet

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Davis, Robbins Eshelman and McKay, a pregnancy book
Buy The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook 
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook  (2008), by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, and Matthew McKay.

First introduced in 1980, the book received praise for presenting a comprehensive look at stress, its physical manifestations, and the multiple ways it can be managed. Twenty years later, its well-organized chapters on breathing, relaxation, meditation, thought stopping, and body awareness still guide the reader through copious self-help techniques to try and, eventually, master.

Learn more about The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook from Amazon pregnancy books




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