5 Easy Tips on How to Manage Stress During Pregnancy
Having a baby can be an incredible experience—but it also comes with its fair share of stress. Everyone’s experience is different, but there are some common pregnancy stressors, says Paige Bellenbaum, a licensed master social worker and founding director of the Motherhood Center of New York, in New York City, which provides supportive services for new and expecting moms, including those experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).
Many people worry about losing the pregnancy—particularly in the first trimester and especially if they’ve previously experienced pregnancy loss—as well as fetal complications and health issues. Fear or anxiety around when and how to tell people is also common, partly due to the enduring stigma surrounding talking about miscarriage.
And then there’s the considerable pressure of feeling like things “should” be one way or another: I should be enjoying my pregnancy more; I should be more excited about being a parent; I should feel more connected to this baby; I should be eating better… The list of expectations is endless.