Is it common to be anxious a lot during pregnancy?
For most women, pregnancy is a happy and exciting time in their lives, but for others who suffer from depression and anxiety, those nine months are spent trying to feel better. If you are are having anxiety during your pregnancy, don’t worry, here’s how to deal with.
Firstly depression and anxiety during pregnancy is a fairly common problem.
It’s natural to fret about what you eat, drink, think, feel, and do. It’s also perfectly normal to worry about whether your baby is healthy.
To start, gently share your fears with your partner — even if they’re about him. Chances are he’s harbouring concerns of his own. Talking openly about your anxiety can help you both feel better. Talking to friends and family members can provide good support to, even sharing your concerns with other mums-to-be are another source of support – they’re probably experiencing the same worries you are.
If you’re extremely anxious or have a specific reason to be concerned about your baby’s health, share your concerns with your midwife or doctor.
Will it affect my baby if I have a lot of anxiety?
While everyday pressure is a part of modern life, a really high level of constant chronic stress can increase your odds of preterm labour, also an increased risk of postpartum depression.
Taking care of yourself is an essential part of taking care of your baby. Cutting down on stress — or learning how to manage it — makes for a healthier pregnancy.
Ways to reduce the stress levels
Here are a few ways to manage your stress and reduce anxiety at work and at home:
Give yourself permission to cut back on chores and just be! —use that time to put your feet up, nap, or read a book.
- Practice saying “no.” Now’s as good a time as any to get rid of the notion that you can do it all.
- Make slowing down a priority, and get used to the idea of asking your friends and loved ones for help, try and really be in the moment and just being.
- Spending a day — or even an afternoon — resting at home will help you get through a tough week, watch a good film or read that book you’ve been meaning to read.
- Try deep-breathing exercises, yoga, pilates or stretching, this releases feel good hormones and makes you feel great.
- Get regular exercise such as swimming or walking, dancing is also good
- Try complimentary therapies and treat yourself to some reflexology or pregnancy massage, this will really help you deeply relax.
- Do your best to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet so you have the physical and emotional energy you need.
- Surround yourself with positive and people who will brighten your days and make you feel good.
- Go to bed early. Your body is working overtime to nourish your growing baby and needs all the sleep it can get.
- Limit “information overload.” reading pregnancy books, surfing pregnancy web sites, and listening to your friends’ pregnancy stories are fine — but don’t delve into all the scary things that might (but probably won’t) happen during your pregnancy. Focus instead on how you’re feeling and what’s happening to you now.
- Commuting – A lot of women carry on working just before their EDD and commuting can cause a major source of stress, and it can get worse towards the end. Ask your employer if you can avoid rush hours, perhaps start and finish earlier than usual.
Preparing for birth
You may be worrying about what labour will be like. How will you handle the pain and how will your partner cope? Learn more about what happens during labour by signing up for antenatal classes or attend a Breathe To A Better Birth class. www.breathetoabetterbirth.com
If you are worried about finances and how you are going to afford everything, make a list of the items you think you need. Decide which ones you could borrow from friends or family.
You probably won’t have to buy everything on your list. Some items, such as a Moses basket, are only useable for a couple of months. Don’t forget that you can also buy many baby items second-hand on eBay or nearly new sales.
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