Watch Your Movie

When a woman has advanced in her pregnancy the things she can do to entertain herself are limited. Watching a good movie can be one of the most pleasant (and healthy) pass-times in the last stage of pregnancy, were it not for this thing in our bodies called hormones. And because of that your pregnancy again puts limitation on your movie choice. I believe that there are certain types of movies that you should better not watch while pregnant. And that is not because the movies are bad, but rather because they are sad.
A really good movie can touch your emotions, can bring thoughts that might last longer than you would like.
” Changeling” a Clint Eastwood film with Angelina Joley is a film like that. It is an excellent film, and was released during my pregnancy. I like Clint Estwood movies, but luckily my husband saw it first. He told me I should not watch it now. Later on my friends told me the same.
That same year another very good film was on – ” Revolutionary Road” directed by Sam Mendes, staring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. It was my husbad again who helped me and kindly advised me to see it after I give birth.
I saw the movies later and I have to admit they affected me a lot.
Revolutionary road hunted me for a week.
Emotions of all sorts make the hormones in the body swing. The emotions and feeling that come form seeing a movie also act like that, even if we do not want it. When we think a stressful thought brain secretes corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH). This stress hormone triggers the release of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline and the brain and body shift into crisis mode. The breathing and pulse quicken, making more oxygen available to the muscles. Blood sugar levels rise. Physiological processes that are non-essential in the short term—like digestion, growth, and repair—are temporarily out of order.
For a pregnant woman and her fetus, high cortisol levels pose special risks. Elevated cortisol is associated with an increased risk of early miscarriage (Nepomaschy et al 2006). It can also cause preeclampsia, fetal growth delay, premature birth, and postnatal developmental delays.
During the second trimester of pregnancy, circulating levels of CRH increase significantly. Ordinarily, CRH is secreted by the brain. But in pregnancy, the mother’s steep rise in circulating stress hormones is driven by the placenta. Genes from the fetus stimulate the placenta to secrete its own supply of hormones. And these hormones make their way into the mother’s bloodstream, thus keeping the level of stress hormones in the body higher.
Not that a heart-braking movie will bring to you all severe complications mentioned above. But the world nowadays is not calm and serene. Everyday life has its challenges. Why should we willingly put more pressure on our brain and body ( and that of our baby) when we can control at least the choice and the timing of the movie we want to see.
Take for instance ” Yes, Prime- minister ” or ” Faulty Towers ” super old, super fun and super safe!

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