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For some women, pregnancy is a joyful time as they excitedly await the arrival of their baby. For others, pregnancy can be some of the most stress-filled, anxiety-producing days of their lives.
What is anxiety?
According to MedlinePlus, anxiety is "a feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness. It might cause you to sweat, feel restless and tense, and have a rapid heartbeat" (MedlinePlus).
If you are pregnant and struggling with anxiety, you are not alone. Pregnancy can be a scary thing, especially if it is your first one!
Here are some of the reasons why pregnant women become anxious:
The list could go on and on…
What you should know is that a certain level of worry is ok—it's normal! If this is your first pregnancy, you're experiencing something completely new! However, if your anxiety reaches a point where it is interfering with your everyday schedule and fracturing relationships at home or at work, you should consult your doctor.
Symptoms of anxiety during pregnancy can include:
Even if you only feel some these symptoms mildly, it is important to speak to your doctor about them because anxiety can affect your baby.
"High levels of anxitey during pregnancy are associated with a risk of developing conditions like preeclampsia, premature birth, and low birth weight" (Healthline).
So what do you do if you're struggling with anxiety?
How to cope:
1. Find a fun activity!
Some soon-to-be moms enjoy taking walks, doing yoga, or swim. Find a low impact workout, and ask a friend to join you!
Try reading a book, watching a movie, working a 1,000 piece puzzle, going to a massage, writing in a journal--something that will allow your mind to relax and calm down.
Get as much rest as possible… Even if that means sleeping away from your snoring partner for a few nights. Find a bedtime routine that allows you to get ample rest. You deserve it!
4. Talk to your doctor
Don't forget to have open and honest communication with your doctor. If you struggle with remembering things at appointments, pack a notebook. Make sure to write down all of your questions and concerns, and make them known to your doctor. They may prescribe medication you can take if your symptoms are severe.
If you're worried about your body, pregnancy, labor and deliver, or taking care of your baby after birth, we're here to help! We offer FREE pregnancy and parenting classes at our center. Give us a call to set up your appointment today!
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