Stress can range from mild stress to distress, anxiety and depression. It can be caused by something as small as daily hassles, or as major as dysfunctional relationships and adversity.
Over one quarter of women of childbearing age report high levels of daily stress. This can become a health issue for pregnant women, as women who work in stressful or noisy environments are 70% more likely to go into early labour.
Modern life can be stressful and finding ways to help expecting and new mothers to manage their stress can improve their health – and ultimately that of their children.