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As Black women, we carry a lot on our shoulders every day. We take on many roles such as mothers, nurturers, caregivers, providers, and problem-solvers. Wearing many hats can be stressful, especially during pregnancy and postpartum.

Community voices:

  • "As African American moms, we think ‘-let’s not put our problems on them’, we tend to go into our shell."

  • "When you’re not feeling good or not taking care of yourself, there is no way you can take care of your baby.”

  • “Black women have been known to carry the weight of the world. We’ve endured a lot"

We cannot completely avoid all of life’s stressors but there are ways to manage stress to help you have a healthier pregnancy and postpartum experience.

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  • Try to get rest

Your body and mind deserve rest! Try to go to sleep as early as you can and incorporate rest periods throughout your day when possible.

If you need a break, help with children, or chores, ask for help from a trusted person in your life. There is no shame in asking and accepting help! Help can come from various sources: A partner, parent figure, sibling, best friend, etc. You can even try to schedule rest, so you can plan ahead with your support system.

  • Spend time outside

If the weather and air quality permit, spend time outside and get fresh air. Take a walk or plan a play day with family at a park!

Here are some helpful guides to better understand the impact of air pollution and extreme heat on our health.

  • Activities and exercise

Find activities and exercise that you enjoy and are safe during and after pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about safe options for you.

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Black woman stretching on yoga mat

Prenatal yoga is a beneficial and often safe way to get movement in while you’re pregnant.


  • Improved confidence and control over the body

  • Improved sleep

  • Reduced daily stress and anxiety

  • Increased muscle strength

  • Increased endurance needed for childbirth

  • Decreased pain in the lower back

  • Decreased nausea, headache. and shortness of breath

Stay tuned for our upcoming community yoga sessions with BWPC starting in July!

  • Build your Circle of Support

A circle of support can help you manage stress. Having supportive people in your corner makes a huge impact on how you deal with stress during and after pregnancy.

Building trusting relationships with women like yourself can also help you feel less alone. BLACK Wellness and Prosperity Center is now an expansion site for the The Black Infant Health Program. The program is focused on supporting and connecting Black pregnant women and new mothers. Participants meet consistently and build a sisterhood with other Black women throughout 10 weekly sessions. Weekly meetings include:

  • A circle of support & trust

  • Pregnancy & newborn care tips

  • Self-care activities like yoga and nutrition

  • Gifts like cribs, strollers, car seats, crockpots, etc.

Enrollment is open now! Sign up for the BIH program and check your eligibility visit:

  • You Deserve a Doula

group of Black women holding certificates and standing in front of pink van

Photo above: Doulas-in-training with BLACK Wellness & Prosperity Center

Doulas provide education and emotional support before, during, and after your pregnancy. YOUR Doula places your needs at the center of your care.

Women, especially Black women with culturally appropriate doula support:

  • Experience lower rates of unnecessary C-sections

  • Deliver healthier newborns

  • Experience lower rates of postpartum depression

  • Are more likely to receive recommended postpartum care from their provider

  • Experience lower rates of delivering preterm. Preterm birth is when a baby is born early--37 weeks or sooner. Babies born too early are more likely to die before their first birthday

  • Initiate breastfeeding at higher rates and breastfeed their babies longer

To learn more about doulas visit:

  • Go to your prenatal care appointments

Black woman talking to her Black doctor

Receiving healthcare before and during pregnancy can help decrease the risk of pregnancy complications. During your appointments you can ask questions you have about your pregnancy.

Write down your questions, symptoms, or concerns before the appointment so you don’t forget to ask when you’re there. Remember! You are the expert on YOUR body. You know best what you are feeling and experiencing.

If you are struggling to manage stress and anxiety during or after your pregnancy, talk with your provider as soon as possible. Getting support earlier on will lead to better outcomes for you and baby.

Read our brief about Pregnancy and Stress here

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