Worry is a normal response to the uncertainties of pregnancy, as well as to caring deeply about our babies. And there are a lot of legit things to be concerned about, like the health effects of the chemicals in our cosmetics and the antibiotics in our foods.
The truth is, most babies are born healthy and perfect. And when there is a problem, it’s just not your fault.
But here’s the thing: While we should definitely pay attention to the risks we can avoid — and make the most educated choices we can — worry itself doesn’t usually help. In fact, it tends to make us lose sleep and feel overwhelmed, and can even affect stress hormones in ways that affect pregnancy and labor.
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