Everyone experiences anxiety on occasion. Nerves and worry can creep in before a big deadline, presentation at work, or any other situation. Pregnancy is no different and can create a high level of anxiety for new parents. This is to be expected—you’re about to bring a new life into the world! Today, we’ll talk about some tips on managing anxiety while pregnant, as well as what is causing those nerves and how to look out for risk factor.
Causes of Anxiety
Pregnancy results in an abundance of hormonal changes which alter your mood and ultimately make it more difficult to handle stress. And stress can cause anxiety. This is totally normal. Symptoms vary from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. For some its morning sickness and back pain, while others its swollen feet and acid reflux. The constant physical changes and uncertainty also cause anxiety.
Symptoms of Anxiety
It’s natural to worry during pregnancy. But if the constant worrying begins to interfere with your everyday life, that is called anxiety.
These symptoms might include:
- an uncontrollable feeling of anxiousness
- excessive worrying, especially about your health or baby
- the inability to concentrate
- irritability or agitation
- poor sleep
Mild cases of anxiety typically don’t require treatment, but you should keep your doctor informed. In severe cases, your doctor may recommend medication after weighing the risks and benefits. You should also consider:
- Talking about it—when your anxiety spikes, tell someone. Your partner, a friend, or therapist all can offer support. By verbalizing your concerns with others, you may be able to keep those thoughts from overtaking your life.
- Find release—walking, jogging, doing yoga, working in the garden are all physical activities that help lower stress. Don’t like any of those options? Just do what you love. Being active for as little as five minutes a day can have positive benefits.
- Use your mind—mediate, get a message, practice deep breathing exercises. These activities help your body release endorphins without breaking a sweat.
- Rest—making sleep a priority can significantly help your anxiety.
- Talk to your doctor—frequent panic talks or the inability to manage your anxiety should result in a phone call to a medical professional. There can be treatments available to ease the most severe symptoms.
Managing anxiety while pregnant isn’t easy, but is doable. What works for others may not work for you. At Folsom OB-GYN we are here to help every step of the way. Contact us for an appointment today.