Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy

Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy

by Parijat Deshpande

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Overview

An empowering approach to managing stress quickly and effectively during a high-risk pregnancy

Not enough women are told how profoundly stress impacts their pregnancy, especially if they are high-risk—but the truth is that stress, if left unmanaged, becomes a serious risk factor for pregnancy complications from preeclampsia and gestational diabetes to preterm labor and poor blood flow to the baby. In this cutting-edge resource—the first of its kind meant specifically for women with high-risk pregnancies—Parijat Deshpande explains why effective stress management is a critical component to prenatal care in order to manage and prevent pregnancy complications. Through peer-reviewed, evidence-based research, powerful true stories and Parijat’s compelling personal journey through a very high-risk pregnancy, Pregnancy Brain presents a groundbreaking understanding of the effects of stress and stress management on pregnancy and fetal health and empowers women to take charge of their health and lower their risk of pregnancy complications and preterm birth.

In a refreshingly down-to-earth book, Pregnancy Brain shows:

>> How mental and emotional stress translate into physiological changes during pregnancy predisposing you to pregnancy complications

>>The power of a self-repair mechanism that’s naturally built into your body can help manage and prevent pregnancy complications

>>The difference between anxiety and fear and why that matters for pregnancy health

>>How reshaping your relationship and experience of your body can turn off the stress response (which underlies pregnancy complications)

>>How trusting the “early warning whispers” from your body can impact the course of your pregnancy

>>How to build a rock-solid medical team that alleviates—instead of exacerbates—anxiety

By the end of of Pregnancy Brain, you’ll find a radical new model for stress management for a healthy pregnancy. You’ll understand how much power your body has to help you get through your high-risk pregnancy and how you can help your body stay pregnant as long as possible. Through gentle exercises and tools designed to swiftly manage your stress, Pregnancy Brain offers hope for creating miracles during a complicated pregnancy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732419704
Publisher: Parijat Deshpande, LLC
Publication date: 07/12/2018
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 479,342
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Parijat Deshpande, MS, is a wellness counselor and consultant for women with high-risk pregnancies, author, speaker, and host of the Delivering Miracles® podcast. Parijat is fiercely committed to guiding women to feel empowered and thrive both emotionally and physically during a high-risk pregnancy. She is also passionate about helping women heal after their baby comes home, guiding them through a gentle process that allows them to break free from the trauma without retriggering old wounds and memories. When she's not working with clients, speaking, or recording podcast episodes, Parijat loves hiking, dancing, baking, and spending time by the ocean near her home, where she lives with her husband, Sonil, and their son, Vihaan. Learn more about Parijat's work and upcoming speaking engagements, as well as sign up for her newsletter, at parijatdeshpande.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction ................................................................................ix

Chapter 1: Miracles Start in the Mind .........................................1

Chapter 2: Building The Right Village ......................................15

Chapter 3: The Antidote to Anxiety ..........................................37

Chapter 4: The Many Faces of Grief ..........................................61

Chapter 5: Escaping Your Personal Prison .................................75

Chapter 6: The Voice That Never Lies .......................................89

Chapter 7: Embracing Uncertainty ..........................................107

Chapter 8: Healing with Hope ................................................121

Chapter 9: Impossible Decisions ..............................................139

Chapter 10: Humor and Your Pregnancy ................................ 153

Chapter 11: Thriving on Love ..................................................163

Conclusion ..............................................................................173

appendix a. relaxation: letting your body lead ....... 184

appendix b. tools to elicit the relaxation response ..190

Chapter Notes ...........................................................................196

References/Additional Reading ...................................................201

Acknowledgments ..................................................................... 217

About the Author ......................................................................220

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