(Closed) Anxiety in pregnancy

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Have you considered going back to a therapist?  It sounds like you need someone to talk through all these fears with.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I’ve never been pregnant, but I have experienced anxiety. I have one little idea that might help: you could start going to pregnancy yoga classes. I know that yoga can help with general relaxation, especially if done regularly. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

You should probably consider going back to a therapist, because the anxiety or worrying (in my experience) could be a lot worse after the baby arrives.  I don’t think you ever stop worrying, so it would be good to get a handle on handling the anxiety for more than just pregnancy.

After the baby is born you will worry about it not breathing, or spitting up during the night, or any  number of things. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t have much to add except to say that you are not alone. I am almost 12 weeks and I feel very anxious and worried a lot of the time. I think the only thing you can do is realize that you don’t have control, and it’s both terrifying and freeing. Today, in this moment, you are pregnant. Try to hold onto the moments and enjoy them, no matter what may come. And don’t hesitate to see a therapist if needed! I find that yoga breathing exercises help me.

Also, Google is not our friend.

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve got a 7.5 month old and I felt very anxious much of my pregnancy. It is very normal! I would advise you to acknowledge your feelings as normal rather than trying to lock them away. find someone supportive to talk to, and do what you can to ensure a healthy pregnancy – eat right, moderate exercise. I think that’ll help you feel like you are bringing positivity to your pregnancy. good luck! H&H 9 months to you!

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

If you regularly suffer anxiety all the hormones from being pregnant might be making it worse. I have an unspeified mood disorder, meaning in my case that I missed the mark or being on the bipolar spectrum…I can’t really be medicated and I’ve just had to use behavioral tehniques to cope. I was pregnant once for 11 weeks and I was a completely out of control. It was scary.

Definitely go back to your therapist. There is this huge thing to recognize post partum depression…no one talks about the part where being pregnant can cause or exacerbate a variety of mental health concerns. Some people have labeled it pre-partum depression but it really includes more than depression. I didn’t even know it was a thing until it happened to me.

Congrats on your pregnancy.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

One tip I have found helpful is to make a “worry appointment” for yourself, if you’re finding your whole day consumed with worry/anxiety. Set aside a time for your worry (say, from 5:00-5:30 pm) where you can go over all the worries about your pregnancy. Any time throughout the day when a worry pops up or your anxiety is increasing, tell yourself “I’m not worrying right now, I can think about that later” and set it aside (if you are still concerned, write down the worry to save for later). When you’re considering the things that are bothering you, it is helpful to think about 1) how likely it is to happen, and 2) how you will cope if it does. That helps put things in perspective, and reminds you that you are empowered to face the things that scare you.

 

I have anxiety too, and pregnancy has not been easy in that regard. The thing is, there is no milestone week at which we can stop worrying. I’m 34 weeks now, and I still worry when I haven’t felt him move recently. (And if the birth will go okay, and what it will be like once he’s born, etc etc.) There’s always going to be something provoking anxiety. We’ve just got to find coping mechanisms that work.

Good luck and congrats on your pregnancy!

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Aw you poor thing! I definitely echo others suggesting therapy. Honestly, the worry doesn’t stop once baby arrives safely. It morphs into a whole new set of worries And may even intensify with the hormone shift after birth. I think self awareness of your anxiety is a great thing, but gettimg help to manage it needs to be a priority. Being a parent brings a lifetime of worry, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating!

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