Anxiety During Pregnancy

Written On: March 16, 2016

By: Phillip Stewart

When you are pregnant, you can be laughing one minute and crying the next all because of the hormones are running wild in your body. Often, women who are pregnant experience depression and anxiety, which can extend to the period after delivery as well. Certainly, it is normal to feel some worry about the health of the baby or other concerns when you are pregnant. These fears can usually be mitigated somewhat by getting reassurance from someone you trust. 

Here are some issues that can cause anxiety when you are pregnant:

1. You might be worried that you won’t be a good mom.

2. You might be worried about how having a baby will affect your job.

3. You might be worried about money.

4. You might be worried about the amount of pain involved in the delivery.

The hormone fluctuations you experience while you are pregnant are mostly what are responsible for your anxiety. They can cause small concerns into large fears. It is to your benefit to attempt to reduce your anxiety. Go for a walk, spend some time in meditation, or simply take a warm bath and read a book. Do not take a hot bath, though, since hot water can harm your baby. All of these activities can take your mind off your worries. Another way to help ease your anxiety is to learn all you can about what happens to your body during pregnancy. Learn about how your baby is developing each month during the pregnancy so you know he or she is on target. Find a week-by-week or month-by-month schedule to help alleviate your fears. pregnant woman consulting her doctor

Take some time to organize yourself before the baby comes. Get the nursery ready, get caught up on laundry, or make some meals so you won’t have to cook when the baby comes. You can also spend some time looking up unique names for your baby, which is always fun. There are also online support groups for pregnant women. Meeting women who are going through the same thing you are can be a great help in easing your fears. Keep in mind that all women experience fluctuations in their mood when they are pregnant. This is normal due to all the hormonal changes going on inside of you. About 15% of all pregnant women, however, experience debilitating mood changes that can interrupt everyday life. If you experience this kind of depression or anxiety, talk to your doctor right away. Approximately 40% of women who do not get treatment for their anxiety during pregnancy will experience depression after the baby is born. Enjoy Being Pregnant

1. Do not worry if you get jostled in the stomach. The baby is safe in the womb because he or she is surrounded by a cushioning amniotic sac.

2. You can lift objects, but just make sure they aren’t too heavy. Go ahead and carry in your shopping bags and carry your other small child.

3. Computers, cell phones, microwaves, and security checkpoints are all safe. None of these can harm you or your baby.

4. Take a picture every month during your pregnancy so you can remember each stage of your journey.

5. You might not feel very attractive, but you should still wear attractive underwear, such as a well-made maternity bra. This will increase your confidence and provide much-needed support for your breasts.

6. Take care of your feet. Massage them, wear good shoes, and go for a pedicure. If your feet get tired, soak them and use a fragrant foot lotion to keep them soft.