Silicon Valley, Stress, and Pregnancy

I’m sitting in my DIL’s posh office in the Silicon Valley while she entertains potential clients.

I have to say that I’m FREEZING up here; the weather is frigid compared to sunny Southern California and I’m wearing socks, a sweater, and a coat on top of that.

(And I’m inside.)

I flew up to San Fran to accompany DIL to a doctor’s appointment and experience her ultrasound in real time.

What an amazing gift to be able to see my darling grandchild swimming around, opening and closing his eyes, and yawning!

Truly magical.

And now we’re here in her office, where she holds court in a male dominated industry.

All of that got me thinking about stress and how our two pregnancies are/were so different.

I wasn’t working and really had no stress at all, except for figuring out what color to paint the nursery and what name was worthy of being attached to my angel boy.

I did a little research about the effects of stress on pregnancy and the unborn child.

According to an article the The Guardian, stress experienced by a woman during pregnancy may affect her unborn baby as early as 17 weeks after conception, with potentially harmful effects on brain and development, according to new research. The study is the first to show that unborn babies are exposed to their mother’s stress hormones at such an early stage in pregnancy.

The findings, published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology, come after separate research on animals showed that high levels of stress in a mother during pregnancy could affect brain function and behaviour in her offspring, and other evidence suggesting that maternal stress in humans can affect the developing child, including lowering its IQ.

I think it’s critical to think about the uterus as the first environment and everything a mother thinks, feels, and eats might have a direct impact on the baby before and after birth.

Chronic stress might form the basis for an anxious and/or unhappy child.

Stress might also contribute to preterm labor and premature birth, low birth weight, and increased problems later on, possibly even PTSD.


Light a candle, breathe, do yoga, meditate, and calm down.

For you AND baby.


4 thoughts on “Silicon Valley, Stress, and Pregnancy

  1. OK, grandmummy. Let’s breathe and try to remember that there’s stress and then there’s STRESS. Like Silicon Valley stress vs. Syrian refugee stress. Besides, nothing will stress a mama out faster than pregnancy hormone induced meltdown over whether she can have some ice cream or a deli sandwich without someone maybe, perhaps, judging her. Babies have been coming for thousands of years in worse conditions. We do have to take care of ourselves, but those little guys are super-resilient. The best thing you can do for any mama is love her to pieces, tell her she’s doing a magnificent job and that she’ll be a great mom.

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