Can work stress affect pregnancy?

High levels of stress that continue for a long time may cause health problems, like high blood pressure and heart disease. During pregnancy, stress can increase the chances of having a premature baby (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) or a low-birthweight baby (weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces).

How do you deal with stress during pregnancy?


  1. Take good care of yourself. Eat regularly and nutritiously, get plenty of rest, do moderate exercise, avoid alcohol, cigarette smoking, or drugs.
  2. Don’t stress out about stress.
  3. Avoid negative responses to stress.
  4. Schedule time for yourself.
  5. Ask for help.

Can I reduce my hours at work when pregnant?

Can I ask my employer to reduce my hours if I feel tired because of pregnancy? Yes, you can ask your employer if you can reduce your hours on a temporary basis but it will mean a reduction in your pay and this may affect your maternity pay.

Can I get fired for missing work due to pregnancy?

The short answer is no. You cannot be fired for being pregnant under most circumstances. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) both prohibit U.S. employers from terminating employees due to pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions.

How do I deal with pregnancy fatigue at work?

Handling fatigue

  1. Eat foods rich in iron and protein. Fatigue can be a symptom of iron deficiency anemia, but adjusting your diet can help.
  2. Take short, frequent breaks.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids.
  4. Cut back on activities.
  5. Keep up your fitness routine.
  6. Go to bed early.

Is it normal to be stressed during pregnancy?

When you handle it right, a little stress can help you take on new challenges. Regular stress during pregnancy, such as work deadlines and sitting in traffic, probably don’t add to pregnancy problems. However, serious types of stress during pregnancy may increase your chances of certain problems, like premature birth.

How does stress affect you and Your Baby?

You produce a surge of stress hormones, which affects your baby’s stress management system. Serious stressors that most affect you and your baby include: big life changes, such as a death in the family, divorce, or losing your job or home long-term hardships, such as financial problems, health issues, abuse, or depression

What can you do to reduce stress during pregnancy?

Eat healthy foods, get plenty of sleep and exercise (with your provider’s OK). Exercise can help reduce stress and also helps prevent common pregnancy discomforts. Cut back on activities you don’t need to do. Have a good support network, including your partner, family, and friends.

Is there a link between stress and miscarriage?

Researchers found that women who had major negative life events or psychological stress exposure were twice as likely to have early miscarriages. The same review found a link between workplace stress and miscarriage, which definitely brings to light the importance of making adjustments and working with your employer.