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Play ideas and activities Managing stress Stages: Pregnancy

Why do it?

  • When a pregnant woman feels stressed, stress hormones are released in her body.
  • The hormones pass through her blood to the developing baby.
  • Stress hormones affect baby’s developing brain.
  • This can have a long-lasting impact on baby’s wellbeing after birth.

How to do it

  • Notice your stress levels — stress can affect both parents.
  • Explore ways to reduce stress that work for each of you.
  • Getting physical helps. Try:
    • swimming
    • dancing
    • yoga
    • mowing lawns
    • gardening
    • shooting hoops.
  • Soothe yourself by:
    • having a warm bath
    • reading
    • listening to music.

Using more reo Māori

Ahotea Stress
Raruraru Trouble
Kaukau Swim
Kanikani Dance
Hīkoi Walk
Waiata Sing/song
Haukurutia Jam (basketball)
Wai mahana Warm water
Mahi māra To garden
Mamahu (tia) To soothe