Study shows high blood pressure may be beneficial early in pregnancy

Stress and high blood pressure are two things that most expectant mothers try to avoid for the sake of their unborn children. However, new research shows that hypertension, more commonly known as elevated blood pressure, may benefit fetal development.

Researchers in Denmark recently looked at 750,000 births to conduct a study aimed at determining how hypertension affects pregnancy. The experts concluded that during the first trimester, high blood pressure contributed to better health in infants. However, prolonged hypertension increased the risks of complications.

"Ultimately we are not only interested in the fundamental science aspects of genome level reproductive conflicts, but also in seeing some of these findings being made more directly useful, for example, by adjusting pregnancy monitoring schemes to take long-term risks for offspring health into account," stated researcher Jacobus Boomsma.

While information is still being uncovered on how hypertension affects the fetus, it's worth noting that no subjects who participated in the study (mothers and children) died as a result of high blood pressure.

Relieving stress while pregnant
It's no secret that stress can cause everything from fatigue to physical aches, all of which you don't want to deal with in addition to your pregnancy symptoms. However, just because you're preparing for a dramatic change in your life doesn't mean that you need to go through a bout of anxiety as well.

There are several ways that you can de-stress while you're expecting in between buying diapers and decorating your nursery. First, it might be worthwhile to practice deep breathing and relaxing whenever you get the chance, even if it's only for 15 minutes each day.

Next, Lifescript.com recommends bringing around friends and family members to cheer you up, take your mind off your worries and relieve your anxiety. In addition, don't hesitate to ask your loved ones for help as you inch closer to your due date and could use a little extra rest.

Finally, make sure you're getting plenty of exercise. Speak to your physician about which activities are safe for you and your child. Physical activity can help you relieve pent-up stress and stay worry-free. Look for exercise classes in your community that are specifically designed for pregnant women to socialize with other expectant mothers.

How have you maintained your blood pressure levels while pregnant in the past? Do you have any tactics to de-stress? Leave your feedback in the comments section!