Any research concerning stress during pregnancy is bound to make you feel…exponentially stressed. Except this study, maybe.
Kids learn plenty from their folks – everything from how to brush teeth, what food denotes comfort in times of crisis and what music is cool (or not), to how to communicate and navigate relationships; in the same weighty tone as the latter, one of the other most important things they’ll learn – and the most difficult to get right – is how to weather the daily stressors of life, and the bigger bumps along the road. As always, parenting demands active involvement to ensure that this lesson get taught right; check out the four ways to help your young one chill out when things get tough.
Hey pregnant mamas; not to stress you out any more than you no doubt already are – what with disturbed sleep, round-the-clock morning sickness, swollen ankles the size of a pachyderm and hormones gone wild – but recent studies show that the stress chemical cortisol can have a direct effect on the development of your baby’s brain.
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The title seems an obvious statement – the more difficult you find your first experience of parenthood, the less excited you’ll be to add more stress by growing the number of charges under your care.
Many mums and dads do get over the initial shellshock, however; whether via selective memory of their time in the trenches, or because they’ve learned to adapt and embrace the life-change – again and again. Continue reading