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:
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