5 Common Pregnancy Fears

Will Stress Harm My Baby?

While pregnant women might worry that stress will harm their growing baby, the facts are not so clear. Many obstetricians have patients who have faced extremely stressful events (the loss of a parent, for example) and then gone on to have normal deliveries, while other women under no excessive stress can deliver prematurely.

However, according to the March of Dimes, some research shows a link between stress-related hormones and both preterm labor and low birth weight babies. For now, moms-to-be would be wise to reduce their stress as much as they can -- by exercising in moderation and asking family members or friends to help out with chores.

Most experts maintain that chronic stress that leads you to skip regular meals or that affects your sleep is more likely to cause problems with pregnancy. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek help as soon as possible, as it may affect the health of your baby.

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