A 35-year-old pregnant patient tells the nurse that she has been feeling significant stress in her life since she found out she was pregnant. Select all of the appropriate measures the nurse can suggest as part of stress reduction in a pregnant patient.

 

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- Decrease activity levels and get plenty of rest

- Find a hobby that is enjoyable

- Make small decisions to feel in control

- Participate in meditation or yoga

- Learn about relaxation techniques

Rationale

Pregnancy, while enjoyable for some women, can be a significant source of stress for others. Stress can have a negative impact on the fetus if the mother suffers from prolonged stress during pregnancy. The nurse can help this patient with stress-reduction activities, such as mild exercise or participating in enjoyable activities.

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