Hypertension may damage the liver in expectant mothers

With pregnancy comes the need to prepare for changes that will come with the new baby. For many women, this means additional stress, and new research shows that elevated blood pressure may pose additional health threats in expectant mothers.

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed that moms-to-be with hypertensive disorders (conditions related to high blood pressure) might have a higher risk for chronic liver disease. In general, hypertension can negatively impact a fetus and a pregnancy as a whole. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of pregnancies are affected by this condition.

"We found that women with hypertensive disorders during pregnancy were at higher risk of developing end-stage renal disease than women without complicated pregnancies," wrote the study's authors.

Following the publishing of this study, more health experts are stressing the need for blood pressure monitoring in pregnant women from the first trimester onward.

Managing stress during pregnancy
In between choosing a baby name and designing a nursery, you're likely going to go through quite a bit of stress as you and your family plan for your new addition. However, there are ways you can efficiently manage your anxiety and keep it from becoming detrimental to your fetus.

First, it's important to pay close attention to your body. This can be a great way to be mindful of your stress limits. For example, if you're feeling fatigued, make time for a nap instead of passing it off. Doing so can satisfy your body and prevent stress from mounting.

Next, incorporate exercise into your pregnancy calendar to prevent tension from building. Physical activity can be a great way to release stress from your body and mind. Speak to your primary care provider to find out which exercises are safe for you throughout the nine months. Yoga, for instance, is popular among pregnant women because it combines fitness with meditation and relaxation.

Finally, consider reaching out to other expectant mothers to share your concerns pertaining to everything from fetus health to delivery. Talking to others who are going through the same thing can give you peace of mind and provide you with an opportunity to let out any emotional stress you may have.

How have you managed stress during pregnancy in the past? Do you know how to pick up on your body's signals? Leave your feedback in the comments section!