The initial happiness of seeing those two pink lines over the course of your pregnancy may start getting you anxious. A lot of doubts creep into your head regarding how your body and life are going to change.
What are the reasons for anxiousness during pregnancy?
- Familial history of anxiety
- Previous history of having clinical anxiety or panic attacks
- History of a traumatic experience
- Stressors of everyday life
- Drugs or substance abuse
- Forced pregnancy
- Previous pregnancy loss
Can anxiety during pregnancy affect my baby?
Having anxiety on and off is normal, but if you have long-standing issues where you are unable to function normally then it is something to worry about. You may develop conditions like low birth weight baby, premature birth or pre-eclampsia.
Symptoms that indicate that you have anxiety:
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid breathing
- Racing heartbeat
- Irritable and short-tempered
- Pain or trembling of muscles
- Constantly worrying and overthinking
- Restlessness and unable to stay put
- Feeling afraid or worry that something bad is going to happen
Sometimes all these symptoms can be aggravated and seen suddenly, that is known as a “panic attack”.
How to manage anxiety during pregnancy?
- Find out if you have a problem: Speak to your doctor even if you feel that the issue you are facing is trivial.
- Ask for help: Cut down on chores and find a confidant to whom you can speak about your fears and apprehensions.
- Exercise: Try incorporating a healthy routine that helps you elevate your mood.
- Eat healthily: Your diet should have adequate nutrients and minerals that help you stay upbeat.
- Professional help: If all else fails, speak to your doctor and see if you can get professional help to help find out the cause of your anxiety.
If you feel that you may have anxiety during your pregnancy, the best thing would be to speak to your doctor and put your mind at ease. The sooner you speak about your worries the better.