DEALING WITH ANXIETY IN PREGNANCY

Updated: Mar 1


Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Anxiety can be severe and debilitating. In pregnancy and post-delivery, it can be about anything such as:

  • Fear of pregnancy

  • Fear of having a tear

  • How to keep your baby alive

  • Surviving labour and delivery

  • Caring for your newborn baby

  • Fear of having excruciating labour pains

Anxiety in pregnancy is associated with:

  • prematurity

  • pregnancy-induced hypertension

  • low birthweight for gestational age

And in children:

  • increased anxiety

  • negative temperament

  • behavioral and developmental problems

How to alleviate anxiety.....


Laugh

Release those endorphins as much as you can


Sleep

Create a bedtime routine and try to stick to it


Talk to someone

This can be a friend, therapist, partner, or care provider.


Exercise

Go for a stroll, swim, or aerobics workout. Move and release those endorphins.


Do your breathwork

Take deep breaths, hold it, and breathe out slowly. Repeat this a few times every time you start to feel anxious.


Tune out the horror/negative stories

Be intentional about what you read and listen to. Negative stories do happen but you may not have the full context and this does not have to be your reality.


Attend great antenatal classes

When you understand what to expect and all the possibilities, it removes the element of the unknown and relieves anxiety.


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Say your affirmations

The mind and body feel and responds to the words you tell yourself! especially the thoughts that sit in your subconscious

Place your affirmations cards around the house or office and repeat them many times during the day. Remember what you focus on grows.


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