It’s normal for women to feel a bit nervous during pregnancy, but some may experience higher than normal levels of anxiety. Learning how to manage this is an important part of prenatal care. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy a healthy, low-stress pregnancy.
Causes & Symptoms
Mood disorders like anxiety can be affected by major hormonal changes, which are especially prevalent during pregnancy. It’s normal for pregnant women to occasionally worry about things like their baby’s health or raising a happy child.
However, those who experience all-encompassing stress or have trouble focusing on other tasks may be experiencing serious anxiety. Some may even experience panic attack symptoms like dizziness, shortness of breath, and rapid heartbeat.
Anxiety can impact any pregnant woman. However, it is especially common in those who have experienced anxiety before, since hormonal changes can exacerbate those existing emotions.
Lifestyle factors like excessive work or money-related stress can also contribute to feelings of anxiety, so those with high-pressure jobs. Experiencing a recent traumatic or stressful event could also be a factor, as can having a family history of mood or anxiety disorders.
Some common antidepressants and medications used to treat anxiety have been linked to birth defects and preterm deliveries, so experts only recommend this type of treatment for those with severe symptoms. However, there are treatment options like cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture that do not require medication.
Those who experience mild symptoms may find it helpful to talk with a loved one or professional and find outlets like exercise and meditation to occupy their mind and focus less on stress factors.
If you’re currently weighing your prenatal care options, Home Birth With Love in Suffern, NY, may be able to help. Certified Nurse Midwife Leah Marinelli specializes in holistic birthing methods and prenatal care. She takes a personal approach with every client to ensure they have the most comfortable and positive experience possible. Visit the website to see a full list of home birth and prenatal care options. To discuss your family’s needs, call (845) 641-5058.