June 30th, 2008 by Millicent Feraux
When women are pregnant, they often find themselves not only dealing with their pregnancy but also with anxiety and panic. There is a reason for this happening.
Pregnancy causes dramatic changes in a woman’s hormones, which can have effects throughout her body. Anxiety and panic attacks are one such common reaction.
Pregnancy is a naturally stressful time for many women, particularly where the pregnancy is unexpected or unplanned, or where there are health concerns surrounding the pregnancy. When combined with these hormonal changes, pregnancy becomes a common time for panic and worry.
When I was pregnant, I seemed to be most worried about what was going to happen during the birth process and I was also worried about being a good mother. I was lucky as my extra anxiety and panic was considered by my doctor as being normal.
But for some women, anxiety and panic can be a problem especially in the third trimester which is the last 3 months of pregnancy. You might find it interesting to know that some women prone to anxiety and panic find these feelings actually go away during pregnancy. This shows a direct connection between hormone changes and anxiety and panic.
If you find you are one of the women to have anxiety and panic attacks while pregnant there are things you can do to help stop them from happening. Medications can be harmful to your developing baby. One of these natural methods of treatment will be more suited for you.
* Relax - your baby and your health come first. Take time out from your day and find somewhere peaceful to rest. Forget the stresses in your life and focus on thoughts you find soothing.
* Share your problem - pregnancy is not something you have to do alone. Talk about your feelings with your partner, family or friends. All new mothers feel anxious and scared at some point and you are not unusual in this. Remember too that there are many professional counselling and therapy services available for people exactly like you.
* Deep breathing- using deep breathing techniques can help you to let go of the stress and anxiety you may be feeling. Lie down and take several deep breaths through your nose. Blow them out through your mouth. Do this until you feel the attack going away.
It is very important that you seek help if you are having anxiety and panic attacks during your pregnancy. With the proper help, you will be able to control your levels of anxiety and stress. This is extremely important to yours and the health of your growing baby.
Men can have anxiety and panic attacks during your pregnancy too. They are about to become a father and that can be scary to them. They may be worried how they will be able to afford a new baby. They may have worries about taking care of the baby.
These worries can lead to excess anxiety. The excess anxiety can lead to anxiety or panic attacks. Men will be the last to admit when there is something bothering them.
If you notice your partner seems more stressed than usual it might be a good idea to talk to them about it. Pregnancy should be an enjoyable time. If you find yourself worrying or anxious, seek treatment.