Everyone has stress – even when you’re pregnant.

“Experiencing the whole range of human emotions while pregnant is to be expected,” says Elizabeth Werner, PhD, a researcher and assistant professor of behavioral medicine in obstetrics and gynecology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. “That’s normal and healthy, and what we should be doing.”

Don’t worry that everyday pressures, like working and taking care of other kids, will hurt your baby or your pregnancy, she says.

“There is no expectation that anyone lives a stress-free life,” Werner says. “That’s just not possible. Some stress in our lives, which we all have, is totally…


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