Often these expectations can have a negative effect on a mother's HRQoL - both in the physical and mental health domains. [...]midwives can enhance the developmental process by encouraging mothers to have realistic as opposed to unrealistic expectations and to have normal expectations rather than have too little or too high expectations.
Emmanuel, E & Sun, J 2013, 'Does maternal expectations influence health related quality of life during pregnancy?', Australian Nursing Journal, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 38.