What is stress during pregnancy?What effects it has on the developing baby?

Stress at our work, finances, traffic jams, relationships, long lines at shops… We know that a big amount of illness, our bad mood, even our infertility is because of stress.
But who really knows, what is stress?
Stress, in everyday terms, is a feeling that people have when they are overload and struggling to cope with demands.


Every day in our life we face with the stress
Pregnant mothers had to deal with a lot of stress factors during their pregnancy and commercial surrogacy programs, the discomforts of pregnancy, like nausea, constipation, being tired or having a backache and frequent mood swings. A would be mother always worries about the health of her developing baby.
A lot of women are afraid of the entire delivery process; their hormones are changing with every passing day. It is a big amount of stress during the pregnancy, but they should try to keep calm, think positive and avoid stress situations, because all of their emotions can be felt by their developing baby. Stress may harm the child, so future mothers must do all in their hands to create the conditions that will lead to a happy and healthy child.

Stress decoded
During early human civilization, stress helped our ancestors to survive. The three major stress hormones – Adrenaline, Cortisol, and Norepinephrine make on our “fight or flight” system and ancient people could think quicker, run faster, jump higher and beat stronger.

Adrenaline: makes us more responsible for the immediate reactions that we feel when we are stressed. It increases heart rate, our muscles are tense, breathing becomes faster and our attention is more focused.

Norepinephrine: makes us more awake, focused, and responsive. It also shifts blood flow away from areas where it might not be so crucial, like the skin, and towards more essential areas, like muscles, brain, and heart.

Cortisol: can save our life, when it is at optimal amounts. It helps to maintain fluid balance and blood pressure while regulating some body functions that are not crucial in the moment, like reproductive drive, immunity, digestion and growth.
As you can see, being stressed is not that bad, when the real danger takes place. But in our everyday life we should not run away from tigers and bears, and a permanent stress makes us sick, nervous, inclined to diseases and leads to emergence of mental diseases.

Stress during pregnancy
How can the stress affect pregnancy? Pregnancy is a time of many changes. Your body, your emotions and your life is changing.
Some stress during pregnancy is normal, just as it is during other times of life. But if the stress becomes constant, the effects on you and your baby could be lasting. Stress can make you have trouble sleeping, have headaches, lose your appetite or overeat.

Chronic stress may also contribute to subtle differences in brain development that might lead to behavioral issues as baby grows, etc. High levels of stress that continue for a long time may cause health problems – high blood pressure and heart disease. Also, it can increase chances of miscarriage and stillbirth, or delivering a premature baby (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and a low-birth weight baby (weighing less than 5 pounds). At higher levels of stress it can also hurt immunity and the nervous system of fetus. All stress hormones come through the placenta and directly to fetus blood. The developing child can feel the same that her mother feels. Its heart beating will increase and he or she will feel and act disturbed. There are has very high chances, that the child will be nervous, with low immunity and may even face cognitive problems if the mother suffered chronic stress during pregnancy.

So, it is very important to avoid stress situations and hold yourself and your nerves very patiently on all situations and consult your doctor for advice. You should understand that your stress can have effects on you and your developing baby’s health.

Our fertility specialist and doctors take care of the surrogate mother during the whole IVF surrogacy program.


Simple avoid stress
How can you avoid stress? Don’t meet and chat with people that make you nervous. Always meet persons who make you comfortable, and that you feel good with, people who encourage you, who can help you to deal with the stress.
– Stay fit and healthy
– Take vitamins and eat healthy food
– Watch comedy programs and films. Avoid horror, murder and mystery films.
– Do those things that make you calm. Don’t use alcohol or smoking for calming down; their negative effects on developing baby are very high.
– Try to stay positive. Don’t think negative. Love your pregnancy!
– If you can’t deal with the stress by yourself – ask your doctor about a special treatment.

Stress handling and optimal nutritional care during IVF Surrogacy programs are the key points and our unique selling proposition at Pons Medical Research. All our Commercial Surrogacy programs are managed by our professionals, expert doctors and Fertility Specialist

Pons Medical Research wishes you a good pregnancy! Think positive!