After being on bedrest for most of her pregnancy and delivering her first child at 24 weeks and 5 days, which was 15 days longer than expected, Parijat Deshpande used her personal experience to embark on a journey learning and researching all about how the body’s nervous system reacts to stressors, anxiety, and fear associated with a high risk pregnancy.
In this episode, I learned so much about how she approaches the stress cycle and how to use neurobiological techniques to help improve your overall mind-body connection.
She explains why deep breathing and a lot of common quick fixes aren’t the answer to combating stress long-term and why she doesn’t believe in “stress management.”
I think my big takeaway was how to tune in, acknowledge and listen to my body effectively so that I have the tools to properly respond to situations that change my baseline stress level.
Her approach is extremely fascinating and can be applied to more than just a high-risk pregnancy, but in any situation when you feel high stress, which as a parent is quite often!
Parijat is the leading high-risk pregnancy specialist, somatic stress & trauma professional and speaker and author who guides women to improve their pregnancy complications so they can reduce their risk of preterm birth.
Her unique neurobiological approach has served hundreds of women to manage pregnancy complications and reclaim a safety and trust in their bodies that they thought was eroded forever.
Parijat is the author of bestselling book Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy. She is also the host of the popular podcast Delivering Miracles®, that discusses the real, raw side of family-building including infertility, loss, high-risk pregnancy, bed rest, prematurity and healing once the baby comes home. Learn more at parijatdeshpande.com
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