However, some stress in pregnancy is usual and not harmful. This risk of problems only increases when the stress becomes constant and severe, you feel like you are not in control of any problems you may have in your life and you do not receive help for it.
Even with chronic severe stress, an impact on the baby is not inevitable. It is important to get help to reduce stress levels. Looking at your sources of stress and talking them through, either with a midwife, friend, family member, colleague or health professional can help you to cope.
For specific worries, such as money, housing, relationships there are local and national organisations that may be able to help you too. See our list here. Have a look at our ideas for coping with stress and top tips for looking after your emotional wellbeing.
I cried a lot during the pregnancy
People were just completely bemused if I said, ‘I don’t really like being pregnant.’
I always say, ‘If your feelings are not normal for you, come and talk to us.’
Amber’s first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. When she became pregnant again nine years later the memories of this miscarriage came flooding back and she was very anxious about the outcome.
I was completely petrified, almost irrational.
Lara’s first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage and she found this a very lonely experience with others finding it hard to acknowledge her grief.
ℹLast reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.