Researchers found that among 1,820 pregnant women, those with the greatest concerns about their pregnancy were nearly three times more likely than those with the least anxiety to deliver prematurely. The findings are published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
Stress during pregnancy has been linked to a higher risk of complications in some studies, though not all. And those that have identified a link have not suggested any simple solutions to the problem.
“Just relax? Just relax? I’m about to push an 8-pound squirming person out of my va-jay-jay and you’re telling me to relax? How about this? How about I pour honey down your pants and chase it with a jar full of ants and ask you to relax?” Sure, that perhaps over-dramatizes the case, but whatever. Some women may think that a little premature birth would actually be a good thing (smaller baby, etc). But this is sort of in the same vein as the famous scene in which the tobacco exec defended cigarettes claiming that some women prefer smaller babies. We’re pretty sure that the normal 9-month gestation is what most people should strive for. Nature’s typically got this process on lock. Any way, we’ve been hearing more and more lately about the need to relax during the whole baby process. Relax and you’re more fertile. Relax and the baby won’t want to leave early. And even relax and the actual birthing will be less painful. There’s a school of thought out there that suggests that birth pains aren’t from all the cookie contortion but from pain of clamping muscles down. That may be a stretch but possibly worth checking out. For more on the relaxing while giving birth check out Dish from June 14th and check out the Dish from September 4th about the importance of relaxation prior to conception.