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Stress management

By this time in pregnancy, your body is probably telling you to slow down and rest, so you can be ready for the big event ahead. A little nervousness and anxiety are normal as you manage the physical changes in your body, prepare for labor and birth, and anticipate your new role as mother. But excessive stress isn't good for you or your unborn baby.

Some studies show that complications, such as preterm labor and low birthweight babies, are more likely in women who have high levels of stress. Difficult events in your life, such as divorce, serious illness or death of a  family member, or loss of a job, can cause long-term stress. If you feel overwhelmed or need help managing the stress in your life, be sure to talk with your health care providers.

Here are some tips to help manage stress:

  • Get enough rest. Nap during the day if needed.
  • Eat small, frequent meals and
    We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
    snacks to keep up your energy.
  • Stay active, and exercise with your health care provider's okay.
  • Practice relaxation exercises, such as muscle tensing and relaxing, or listening to music in a quiet room.
  • Identify stressful situations and environments and do what you can to eliminate them.
  • Share your concerns with others who can support you, including your health care provider, your partner, and other expectant moms.
  • Attend childbirth preparation classes. By learning about labor and birth you will be more in control and be able to take an active role in this important event.

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