Your Pregnancy, Week 32

Your to-do list may be a mile long, but your body may be telling you to slow down and rest. A little nervousness and anxiety are normal. Your body is going through major physical changes. Plus, you’re preparing for labor and birth. But try to avoid a lot of stress. It isn’t good for you or your baby. 

It isn’t fully understood how stress affects pregnancy. It’s thought that some of the hormones linked with high levels of stress may raise your risk for complications. For instance, severe or prolonged stress can weaken your ability to fight infections. This increases your risk for preterm birth.

Plus, some of the ways people cope with stress, such as smoking or drinking alcohol, can cause problems in pregnancy. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, seek help from people who can support you. This includes your healthcare provider.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bowers, Nancy, RN, BSN, MPHFoley, Maryann, RN, BSN

Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2016

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