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!