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:
- mowing lawns
- shooting hoops.
- Soothe yourself by:
- having a warm bath
- listening to music.
Using more reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Ahotea ahotea Stress Maori | Noun||Stress|
|Raruraru raruraru Trouble, problem, dispute, conflict Maori | Noun||Trouble|
|Kaukau kaukau Swim Maori | Noun||Swim|
|Kanikani kanikani Dance, dancing Maori | Noun||Dance|
|Hīkoi hīkoi To step, stride, march, walk Maori | Verb||Walk|
|Waiata waiata Song Maori | Noun||To sing/song|
|Wai mahana||Warm water|
|Mahi māra mahi māra To garden Maori | Verb||To garden|
|Mamahu mamahu To soothe Maori | Verb||To soothe|