Think and Feel Happy for a Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of life’s greatest gifts. When most women consider what it means to have a healthy pregnancy, most point to eating the right foods, getting sufficient exercise, and taking all of the necessary vitamins and supplements for the baby’s development. What isn’t on this list very often is to remain stress free. During pregnancy, women experience varying emotions. With today’s ultrasound technology, medical practitioners have now determined that mothers are not the only ones affected by those emotions. It just so happens that your baby is reacting to how you feel. Below are just a few examples of how babies react to both your positive and negative emotions when you are pregnant.

Singing Baby

Positive Emotions for Healing and Nurturing

Aside from nurturing your child by carrying it in your womb for 9 months, there definitely is another way that you nurture your child, and that is through positive thoughts and feelings during pregnancy. In a recent article by The Epoch Times, a mother’s communication with her fetus is also through the release of neurohormones. The types of neurohormones that are released are dependent upon your mood and emotions. For example, if you are feeling happy and calm, your baby also receives hormones that reflect those feelings. This leads your baby to share your sense of happiness and calm.

Bonding with Baby

Emotions are extremely powerful during your pregnancy. Apart from influencing your own baby’s mood, emotions during pregnancy also leads to a bond between you and your baby. For example, in two studies conducted at Durham and Lancaster University, researchers took 4D ultrasounds of a pregnant woman and her baby. It was found that when the mother’s felt stressed or anxious, their babies would touch their faces more and alter their facial expression. This suggests that even negative feelings affect your baby just as much as positive feelings. Therefore, by taking care of yourself during pregnancy, you are able to facilitate a positive and loving bond between you and your baby.

Baby smile

Mood Changes DNA

Evidence that your baby feels your emotions during pregnancy does not always need to be visible through neurohormones and bonding. Other evidence that is much more difficult to decipher is the alteration that occurs in your baby’s DNA. For example, when doctor’s conducted 3D and 4D Ultrasounds, medical professionals question if it affected the baby on another level aside from the noticeable. In a recent article, it was found that when mothers experienced positive emotions, their baby’s DNA strands relaxed and changed shape to reflect those positive emotions. On the other hand, when the mother felt negative feelings, the DNA tensed up.

Therefore, due to the advancement of 4D ultrasound, which provides highly accurate imaging of the unborn fetus, mothers and researchers are now able to keep better track of how their behavior affects the fetus in all the ways that are possible. Furthermore, the way that ultrasounds are conducted is also becoming more advance. These advancements, according to Ultrasound Center BabyGlimpse, come in the form of the ultrasound’s ability to provide live recordings that are coupled with audio and imaging. Hopefully, these advancements will allow mothers and medical practitioners to gain an even better and more in-depth knowledge of the link between emotion and pregnancy.

Mitigating Stress During Pregnancy

As a mother, you always want the best for your baby, and it is apparent that providing the best begins while you are pregnant. While pregnant, to ensure the health and proper development of your baby, focus on the positive and try to eliminate feelings of stress and agitation. A few suggestions to manage stress include yoga, support groups, speaking with friends and family, and fostering positive and happy emotions.

Written by guest blogger Matthew Milstead

One thought on “Think and Feel Happy for a Healthy Pregnancy

  1. I was very ill during my pregnancy with my son, but we began the bonding process by regularly reading a week-by-week development book and ultrasound, including 3D ultrasound. It is truly amazing to track the miracle that is taking place. It really made a difference for me even after birth. Now, there are a lot of great books and blogs out there to serve this purpose, but the one I’m reading now blows all the others away, and it’s great for every pregnancy, not just the first. Not only does it have even more development details than usual, and personalized, it has a section in it where you can journal or write letters to baby. It’s called “The Wonder Within You: celebrating your baby’s journey from conception to birth” by Carey Wickersham. It’s an awesome combination of week-to-week information, what’s going on with the baby, “Did you know?” plus health advice about what to eat, cravings, nutrition, etc, BUT also with awesome 3D/4D pictures and videos you can link or QR with your phone to and see what your baby looks like at each week stage. I’ve just not seen anything exactly like it! It’s got famous quotes and real mom stories, too. The pregnancy information is as up-to-date as it gets and it’s such a great keepsake. I want to get one for everybody I know who is expecting! I highly recommend it!

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