Today, being World Health Day, we're discussing health topics. Stress and anxiety can be a big health topic of conversation...
Today, being World Health Day, we're discussing health topics. Stress and anxiety can be a big health topic of conversation among new mamas, but now, a new study shows why this issue may not be as bad as we think. pregnant_womanIt's hard when we feel anxious but new research from a team at Stanford University have discovered a region of our brains, the anterior insula, that may play a key role in not only predicting harm, but also learning to avoid it. The anterior insula is part of what makes us anxious, the more it works, the more you tend to get stressed out and anxious. In excessive amounts, anterior insula action can be very unhealthy, causing major anxiety. However, the study also points out that a little more than normal is a good thing. The study looked at many adults facing a stressor of losing money in a game. The adults with greater anterior insula functions were more anxious, but not excessively, and better at avoiding money loss months later when playing the same game. On the other hand, adults with less function in the anterior insula, were less anxious by far, but continued to lose money, not having learned to ward off the problems they faced previously. Anxiety can possibly help us make better decisions, protect our family, and help us learn from our mistakes. So to sum up, you don't want to much action in the anterior insula, but you may want enough to make you anxious when you need to be. Of course if you're pregnant or a mama and you feel overly anxious, stressed, or upset, it's always smart to talk with your health care provider. Anxiety in small doses is not so bad as we thought, but those large bouts of anxiety, are still bad news.

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