Everyone feels stress at one time or another - jobs, money, relationships and other issues can take their toll on even the calmest person. But too much stress can be unhealthy for you and, if you become pregnant, your baby.
Did you know that stress can lead your baby to be born too small, too soon?
A low birthweight baby weighs less than 2,500 grams, or 5 lbs, 8 ounces. A very low birthweight baby weighs less than 3 lbs., 5 ounces. Those kinds of numbers put your baby at much greater risk of developmental delays, learning disabilities, behavior problems and hyperactivity. Children with those challenges may eventually have trouble in school, be hard to control at home or get involved with criminal activity.
So what can you do to reduce your stress?
For more information about the impact of stress on pregnancy, please visit the March of Dimes website.