So you’re pregnant, may be for the first time or not, and you’re worried or stressed. Well, that’s normal. However, sometimes, this feeling of worry or stress can become a real problem which will require professional help. Anxiety in pregnancy otherwise called antenatal anxiety is common even though we do not realize it and it is not restricted to women.
We have support for antenatal anxiety and to ensure you get help and at the best time, it will be good for pregnant women to know and recognize the signs.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is not just about worrying or stressing about a situation, anxiety is deeper than that. Anxiety occurs when the feelings of being anxious or stressed persist, you can’t easily control and happens for no particular reason. If not handled early and effectively, anxiety can have serious impact on your life.
Anxiety is a type of mental health problem which like other mental health illnesses can occur during pregnancy even in a woman who normally doesn’t experience anxiety otherwise.
The signs are usually missed because they are generally put down to hormones or part of the feelings expected in pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and experience any one or more of the following, you should seek for help:
- Feeling anxious for many days.
- Feel anxious to the point of experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain or feel dizzy (panic attack).
- Develop a fear of public or open spaces (agoraphobia).
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): feel a compulsion to do certain things, at certain times, in specific manners
- If a precious bad experience gets you overly anxious.
Please note that if you are someone who worries a lot naturally, you are at risk of developing anxiety when you get pregnant. It is important to seek help before or early in your pregnancy. If you already suffer anxiety, ensure you seek help so that you and your baby can be healthy.
Do I have antenatal anxiety?
You may have antenatal anxiety if you:
- Feel worried, stressed or on edge most of the time.
- Have thoughts that keep coming back and won’t go away.
- Have panic attacks.
- Have muscles that are tense.
- Find it difficult to be calm.
- Find it difficult to sleep.
Please note that it is possible for these symptoms to develop gradually or just come at you suddenly and very severely. If left untreated, these symptoms can get worse.
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These symptoms can develop gradually, or you may experience them suddenly and intensely. They can get worse over time if they’re not treated.
For support, contact us at TBHI: 0811 662 0205.