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When Does Mothering Start

When Does Mothering Start

When Does Mothering Start

When Does Mothering Start

Can A Pregnant Mom's Mood Affect Her Baby's Development?

 

From the moment those first few cells  fuse together into a new life, your baby’s first and strongest bond is with the mother. This deep connection runs both ways: the first tiny blip on the ultrasound might not look much like a baby yet, but it is enough to get the maternal instinct flowing instantly!

Mothering starts the moment you realize you’re pregnant. Even before your baby takes shape inside your womb, you consciously begin taking care of it. To give your baby the best start possible, you need to take care of yourself. Only when you are healthy will you be able to bring a healthy child into this world.

 

New mothers are swamped with  tons of conflicting advice: eat this, eat that, but don’t eat  too much; avoid these ten things, but do these other ten things every day;; exercise,but don’t overdo it! From this mountain of well-meaning advice, one fact is indisputable – moms-to-be must take care of themselves to pass on their good health to their babies.

 

While most advice revolves around nutrition and physical well-being, it is also important to consider the emotional side of fetal development.

 

A growing number  of studies reveal that more than  simple environmental factors affect an unborn child’s mental development. Research into the  Fetal Origin Hypothesis shows that prenatal factors, including the mother’s psychological state, has a lifelong effect on children. These long-term outcomes can range from an increased risk for mixed handedness to autism, risk of future mental illness and reduced cognitive ability. Reports prove that high levels of antenatal depression and anxiety can lead to poor emotional adjustment in young children. 

 

Now no one expects new mothers to giggle and laugh through every single minute of 9 months. After all, bringing a new life into the world is a very big deal, and it will change your life and relationships forever; it is entirely natural to feel daunted and stressed. When you throw all the physical discomforts of the pregnancy into the mix, it’s hardly surprising that most pregnancies don’t really resemble the blissful, relaxing image that you see on TV.

So, you must be wondering...what do I do now? How much stress is too much stress?

 

First off, don’t freak out.  Remember that the mothering instinct is something your body has honed over thousands of generations. When people say, “You’ve got this,” it’s because you actually do. , That said, if you feel that you have become more prone to negative and depressive thoughts (or have an existing psychological condition), then this is the right time to get a mental health screening. A professional, psychiatric opinion can be just as important as advice from your OB-GYN. As a rule of thumb, occasional stress and a few tears are fine, but chronic stress and anxiety are not.

 

So, what about the other side of the coin? Do happy, well-adjusted moms create happy, well-adjusted babies? While most clinical studies look at the effects of depression and distress on the baby’s development, there are none that prove the opposite is true..

 

However, we know positivity is healthy. Apart from the various studies which have proved this, it is an age-old truth that we feel in our bones. It stands to reason that a positive and joyful pregnancy can only be good for your baby!

Mothering goes beyond delivering a healthy child. Children demand a lifetime of nurturing: food, shelter, education, health insurance and health plans like cord blood banking with Evercord. Their birth is just the first step on a long road filled with love and joy...along with  a little bit of stress and sacrifice. Remember to enjoy every moment.

 

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