Anxiety During Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings out the worrywart in all of us. It’s natural to fret about what you eat, drink, think, feel and do. It is also perfectly normal to worry about whether your baby is healthy, how this new person will change your life and relationships and whether you are truly up to the task of parenthood. But if your anxiety is becoming all consuming and regularly interferes with day-to-day functioning, it is time to find a better way to deal with it.

 Anxiety and pregnancy can increase a woman’s risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and giving birth to a baby that is low birth weight. Recent studies show a strong link between maternal anxiety levels early in pregnancy and a child’s susceptibility to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) years later.
 

Common risk factors for depression or anxiety during pregnancy are

  • Personal or family history of depression or anxiety.
  • Relationship difficulties.
  • Fertility treatments.
  • Previous pregnancy loss.
  • Problems with your pregnancy.
  • Stressful life events.
  • Past history of abuse.
  • Other risk factors like you are young, single or have an unplanned pregnancy.
 

Your anxiety levels may be cause for concern if you experience any of the following

  • Excessive worry.
  • Unrealistic fears concerning objects or situations.
  • Flash backs of past trauma this may include previous pregnancies.
  • Tension.
  • Extreme or never ending fatigue.
  • High pulse or abnormal breathing rate.
  • A desire to eat all the time or not wanting to eat at all.
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping all the time.
  • Harder to concentrate.
  • Feeling blue, sad, or empty for most of the day, everyday.

 

Ways to overcome your anxiety

Depression and anxiety are biochemical condition, so you may not be able to avoid them altogether if you are prone to them. But taking care of yourself emotionally can help ease your symptoms and keep your spirits up.
  • Share your fears with your partner, even if they are about him.
  • Communicating openly about your anxiety can help you both feel better.
  • You can also rely on your family members or friends for support.
  • Other moms-to-be are another source of support as they are also probably experiencing the same worries as you are.
  • If you are particularly concerned about your baby’s health share your concerns with your caregiver.
  • Professional counseling can help you get to the bottom of your troubles.
  • Get regular exercise such as swimming or walking.
  • Do your best to eat a healthy, well balanced diet so you have the physical and emotional energy you need.
  • Try deep-breathing exercise, yoga or stretching.
  • Relaxing bath or reading a good book will help you relieve your anxiety.
  • Positive thinking is always a good way to address anxiety disorder during pregnancy.
  • Take vitamin supplements to prevent nervousness and anxiety
During pregnancy and birth, feeling relaxed and at ease ensures you are less likely to respond with anxiety therefore you will find that you feel more in control most of the time.

 



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