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Anxiety During Pregnancy

Anxiety during pregnancy is a very common feeling during all the nine months you are pregnant.

You may find out that you suffer from emotional turmoil during pregnancy.
Anxiety During Pregnancy

During the course of your pregnancy you will find herself increasingly worrying about the health and outcome of your baby.

Will my baby be ok? Will she be a good mother? etc.

This is thought to be quite normal, it is just the first stage you will go through in your love for your baby that is growing inside you.

Anxiety during pregnancy is seen in some cases to trigger stress; other situations that may lead to severe stress and anxiety are...

  • An unwanted pregnancy
  • Lack of moral and emotional support
  • A past miscarriage
  • Relationship problems with your baby's father
  • Uncertainty about income during the pregnancy.

It is very important that you stay mentally fit during pregnancy, resolve all your issues with family and close friends.

It is your job to decide what is best for your baby. At the end of the day, you want to do the best for the health and welfare of your child.

Effects of Anxiety on Your Baby

The results of researchers suggest that the period between 12 and 22 weeks of your pregnancy is a particularly vulnerable period; only maternal anxiety during this period predicted childhood disorders at age 8 and 9.

Importantly, the effect of anxiety affected the foetus more than any other factor, including smoking during pregnancy, low birth weight etc.

The results provide some of the strongest indirect evidence available today that your anxiety during pregnancy may program some set point in the early developing brain of the foetus, thus enhancing your child's susceptibility for childhood disorders such as attention deficit, hyperactivity, acting-out and anxiety problems.

Risks of Anxiety During Pregnancy

As a pregnant woman you are delicate and susceptible to aggravation, anxiety finds its way to change how you think and things may turn ugly if getting rid of anxiety during pregnancy is not dealt with seriously.

Postpartum depression, a clinical term for postnatal depression, is said to arise from anxiety within the nine months of carrying a child.

It strikes the most after giving birth but as opposed to what experts believed a few years back, it starts to build up as the hormonal changes happens inside your body.

Affecting 10 percent of the population, this is a serious thing especially if it leads to the death of the mother or the baby or both.

There are recorded cases of suicide right after giving birth not because of heavy problems but solely due to the feeling of anxiety, depression and confusion, all in one.

Some reported cases also show mothers killing their babies intentionally although the thought would turn horrible for them as soon as their hormone levels normalized.

Without proper attention, anxiety in pregnant women could turn tragic.

How to Ease Anxiety During Pregnancy

With all the physical and hormonal changes going on often small issues seem to become insurmountable.

Remember to recognise the issues that you actually can do something about and forget the rest.

Never sweat the small stuff.

Below is a list of suggestions on how to ease your anxiety. Please read them and then choose those that resonate with you.

You don't have to do all of them BUT do some.

  • Talk about the changes that will occur once your baby is born. Talk about your plan on raising your child. This will solve anxiety issues also after birth.
  • Practise deep breathing techniques that can be used at any time to help relieve any anxiety or panic attacks that occur.
  • It's important to rest when you feel the need.
  • Use your friends and share your concerns with them. Go out and enjoy their company.
  • Converse about and discuss your troubles.
  • Go to parenting classes and ask questions and learn about what may be troubling you.
  • Talk to family. You don't have to do things on your own.
  • Read books on the topics of concern but remember not everything will appeal to you OR just read a book for enjoyment. It is great to escape from your troubles in a good novel.
  • Eat well and healthy. This will give you more energy and help prevent excess weight from weighing you down. Seek help from your doctor, pharmacist or health practitioner on what they suggest and if unsure.
  • Keep fit. It's important to keep up your exercise but also to attempt appropriate exercises to stretch the right lower muscles to prepare for birth. Birthing exercise classes are available as well as DVD's. Enquire, go and DO. Exercise releases those happy endorphins which will also help to allay those mixed up hormones that cause moodiness and enhance anxiety.
  • Vitamins, herbs and nutrition. These are paramount not only for the health of your baby but also for you. Everyone hears about folic acid for prevention of neural tube issues but don't forget calcium and magnesium, the vitamin Bs and a host of others. Your pharmacist is a good source of information. Remember that your baby takes priority for receiving the nutrition and not you so make sure you consume not only for your baby but for you too.
  • Seek help if anxiety and stress are getting on top of you. There are many natural products available that are safe in pregnancy that you can use to help ease the anxiety. Speak to your health practitioner including your pharmacist on this issue. There is also cognitive therapy and if needed medications available.

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