Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Expect to Stress about Stress

Getting pregnant is stressful. Being pregnant is stressful. Having children is (I'm assuming) stressful. But do you know what's even more stressful? Being stressed about having so much stress.

I tend to be one of those Type A, dominant personalities. I come from a long line of stubborn, prideful perfectionists. I also have a wee bit of anxiety. As such, I get stressed easily and load way too much on my plate.

This past year has been stress central for me. I started a new job, moved into a new house, struggled through 13 months of trying to get pregnant, got pregnant, and dealt with the first trimester while adjusting to the new job. It was a nice break from stressing about Grad School, but it was still stress nonetheless.

The stress started to subside a bit after the first trimester nausea ceased and I got into the swing of things at the ol' job. But I'm Priscilla, stress master extraordinaire! I have to have something to stress about!

So why not stress about stress?


It all started when I read an article that said that if you stress a lot while pregnant it increases your odds of going into preterm labor or delivering a low-birthweight baby. Also, chronic stress puts your baby at risk for having depression and increased irritability later in life.

ALSO having a low-birthweight baby can cause other complications such as chronic lung disease, developmental delays, learning disorders, and infant mortality.


And now that I know this little nugget of information, I start stressing about being stressed and this compounds my stress.

Are you getting stressed trying to follow my stress cycle?

...I wonder how many times I can use the word "stress" in this post...


I've been brainstorming ways to decrease my stress. Yoga's out since I'm not really the breathe-deeply-while-bending-in-unnatural-ways type of person. And the deep breathing itself is a no-go. I've been having some pregnancy rhinitis and sound like a pig while breathing normally. Let's not even entertain the thought of what I'd sound like if I took deeper breaths. Yikes. I also don't like baths or massages. I'm pretty much the weirdest girl ever.

Right now I'm sticking to primetime comedies with slurpees and chocolate doughnuts.

The stress cure of champions!


  1. Laughter is even better than the best medicine! :) and it has MAGICAL POWER. True Fact

  2. You are so cute, Cilla! Avoid stress when you can and do what works best for you. That should definitely reduce stress right there ;)

  3. Cilla! I love your blog! Every time I read it, I laugh so hard because you describe everything I am going through in such an entertaining way! I love it! The other day, I was stressing about how to arrange my carseats in my car. Later, I was thinking how weird it was that I haven't been stressing about what to name my baby. So then I started stressing because I wasn't stressing! Oh the things we go through to bring these little people into this world! I hope you find a way to relax a little bit! I know....lets go out and get some ice cream sometime and exchange pregnancy stories! Deal?