Emotions and Stress in Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, thoughts and feelings you have can range from happiness to worry.  Pregnancy is a time of many changes. These changes often add new stresses to an already busy life.  While some stress is normal, too much can be harmful to you and your baby.

High levels of stress can cause:

  • Tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling less hungry or more hungry
  • Headaches or backaches
  • Preterm labour

Many women have mood changes during pregnancy and after their baby are born. Although mood changes are common, they can become a health concern for you, your baby or your family

Prenatal depression and anxiety

Some women develop depression and anxiety during pregnancy.

  • Depression can affect your ability to care for yourself during pregnancy. You may be less able to follow medical recommendations and less able to sleep and eat properly.
  • Depression can put you at risk for increased use of substances such as tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs that can harm you and your developing baby.
  • Depression may interfere with your ability to bond with your growing baby.
  • Depression and anxiety are treatable.

If you have thoughts of hurting yourself see a doctor right away.  Check where you can get help with prenatal depression or anxiety.

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