(Fox News) When your body is taken over by another tiny human, you're bound to feel some stress. The changes that pregnant women experience affect their physical, mental and emotional health.
But when your stress is severe – caused by an acute event or ongoing tension – your child could pay the price.
The most common sources of stress in American adults include money, work, the economy, family responsibilities and personal health, according to the recently released "Stress in America" report from the American Psychological Association.
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Every one of these common stressors could arguably be affected by the impending birth of a child, which also brings dramatically shifting hormones.
"It's very common for women to feel stressed during pregnancy," says Dr. Spencer Richlin, of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. "But stress alone doesn't typically result in serious consequences for Mom or Baby."