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Stress During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

Stress can become more common when you've got a baby on the way, but it shouldn’t be keeping you up at night. See if you need to take it easy.

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-If you're having a baby, chances are you're stressed about something. There's so much to do and the idea that stress could actually affect your baby-to-be may overwhelm you even more. Relax. Here's what you need to know. The stress of everyday stuff like work deadlines, making it to the grocery store before it closes, and even getting a routine test at your doctor's office, that's perfectly normal and safe. When worrying keeps you up late at night, that's not okay. It can cause fatigue and lower your immune system, making you more likely to get sick. There are lots of little ways to reduce stress in your life. If you can hand off a few errands to a family member, go for it. Tired after a long day at work? Don't feel guilty about putting your feet up. Some might see this as laziness, but the truth is you're actually taking better care of you baby when you're well rested and not anxious all the time.