How to Cope With Anxiety During Pregnancy

These days, pregnant women read a lot about pregnancy, childbirth, health of the child, etc. in order to prepare themselves for the new phase in their life, the phase of motherhood. Relatives and friends provide information on ‘what to do and what not to do during pregnancy’ as soon as they come to know about pregnancy. Pregnant women are confused and even more worried about their health and the health of their baby. Pregnancy can bring on anxiety attacks even in normal women. To understand how to cope with anxiety, one should be aware of the causes and symptoms of anxiety.

Causes and Symptoms of Anxiety During Pregnancy

A woman’s body undergoes several changes during pregnancy. Hormonal changes taking place in the body of a pregnant woman exhibit various symptoms. Everyday pressure at the workplace and high levels of chronic stress due to a hectic lifestyle can worsen the situation. A woman too concerned about her family, which many women, by nature are, makes it almost impossible for her to prioritize her own health over everything else. She may find it unnatural or even selfish to take extra care of herself, further increasing her anxiety.

Not sharing your worries is one of the main reasons of anxiety attacks. Women usually feel uncomfortable talking to their doctors about their worries and tensions. Single mothers, divorcees, teen-aged pregnant women and those in their fifties and women with unwanted pregnancy, find it difficult to deal with stress during pregnancy. Lack of correct information regarding the health of the baby or care to be taken during pregnancy results in excessive worrying and women tend to follow wrong advices. These days, many women find it difficult to change their lifestyle on getting pregnant, due to work pressures and the demanding jobs that they are in. Thinking of the desperate need for a ‘helping hand’ after the arrival of her baby can make the woman even more anxious.

Anxiety symptoms during pregnancy may vary from one woman to another. Soreness, muscle ache, tension, unsteadiness, insomnia, nausea, getting tired with even little activity, fatigue, increased irritability, dreadful feelings, difficulty in relaxing, inability to control anxious thoughts, lack of concentration, dizziness, sweating and a fear of miscarriage are some of the common symptoms of anxiety that are seen in pregnant women. Excessive worry about future events and crying spells are also seen in such women. Excessive anxiety can lead to chest pain, abdominal pain, headache, breathing problems, etc.

How to Cope with Anxiety During Pregnancy

Taking antianxiety medications during pregnancy is not a good idea. These medications can prove to be harmful for both the mother and the baby. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques can help reduce the need for medication. They are generally used to treat anxiety in pregnant women. The pregnant woman should first find out what triggers her anxiety. Only then, she might be able to control it.l