Initially, a woman is excited when she finds out she’s pregnant. However, some women begin to feel anxious as months pass and they get closer to the delivery. This is especially true for women who naturally deal with anxiety.
There are many reasons for pregnancy-related anxiety, including hormonal changes, everyday stress, and general worry about the baby. For some women, severe cases of pregnancy stress leads to both insomnia and issues for mom and baby. Luckily, there are a number of ways to cope with these symptoms and have an enjoyable, healthy pregnancy.
Talk to someone.
A support system is very important during pregnancy. Whether it’s a spouse, best friend, or a family member, speaking to someone about what’s going on brings relief. If necessary, speaking to a professional therapist can help with stress and anxiety. If they’re lucky, they can find a therapist that specializes in pregnancy-related stress.
Start a journal.
Sometimes, talking to someone isn’t an option. To avoid an anxiety attack, it often helps to take a moment and write in a journal. That way, she has a way to let go of those emotions in a healthy way. During doctor visits, they can help the mother identify and remedy anxiety triggers.
Journaling can also be a keepsake worth reading after the pregnancy. Another creative idea is creating a memory email address. Once her child turns 18, she can give them the email address and password. Then, they can read what was going through their mother’s mind before they were born.
Take a birthing class.
For some women, the thought of giving birth gives them anxiety. One of the best ways to get rid of that fear is to take a birthing class. Learning proper birthing techniques helps the expecting mother understand what’s to come and helps get rid of some of the fear associated with going into labor.
Pregnancy is a time of emotions, happiness, and of course, anxiety. Although this is a healthy emotion, too much can negatively impact the baby. Therefore, pregnant women should take steps like journaling, talking to loved ones, and taking a birthing class for some much-needed stress relief.
Originally published to drlorigore-green.com.